Dress Up an Ordinary Plant Pot

One of my favorite crafts is painting plain clay plant pots and turning them into something not so plain.  This is one of my favorite finished projects:



No, I don’t paint flowers that well.  I actually use transfers for the design.  Anyone, I mean anyone, can make these. And the great thing is, you can start out with a used, stained, or previously painted plant pot. The plant pot pictured is actually a  huge plant pot I picked up at yard sale for $10. It had been painted black, purple and yellow.  You’d never know now!

If you want want to make your own plant pot, you will need the following supplies:



First you want to paint your pot with acrylic craft paint.  I recommend using a light color because it will show off the design better. You may need to do 2 or 3 coats to cover it thoroughly.  I like to paint the inside of the plant pot as well, though it’s not necessary.  Allow the paint to dry completely.

Decide where you want to apply your designs/rub-on transfers and apply them. If you are applying multiple transfers, it’s best to cut them out from the sheet and apply them one at a time.

After you have applied all of your transfers, you are ready to apply your varnish!  Apply a couple of coats, making sure to allow it to dry thoroughly in between coats.  When the varnish is dry, your plant pot is ready to use!


If you are using these pots for living plants, they will hold up well for quite some time, but over time the paint will start to chip and peel due to the moisture that the clay pit absorbs.  You can add to the longevity by putting a couple coats of varnish on the pot before your first coat of paint.

These are great for mass producing for gifts or craft fairs- Paint the base color on a large number one day, and then go back through and add the transfers the next day.

Save time by using spray paint and spray varnish!