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Easy Hand Painted Terracotta Pots!

DIY hand painted terra cotta potsThis week I’ve been noticing a lot of paint dipped terracotta pots on Pintrest.  I love this look!  Plus, I keep collecting succulents that need pots!  This was a fast, simple and cheap way to do that.  Plus, what a pop of color on my patio!!   I ended up thoroughly enjoying this DIY!  It was easy and therapeutic.  I even got my daughter’s in on it!

Hand painted terracotta pots

I did learn a few tricks and do’s and don’t’s along the way!   So, read on to find out how to create your own hand painted pots!

What you’ll need:

  1. Terracotta pots and saucers
  2. Acrylic Paint
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Sponges
  5. Something to protect your table (I just used paper, but a cheap table cloth would work perfect)
  6. Painter’s Tape
  7. Paper plate-for your paint
  8. Succulents (I ordered some of mine from Etsy-great pricing and very healthy succulents!)
  9. Soil
  10. Pea Gravel

DIY Painted Terra Cotta Pots


Tips and Tricks:

  • Use the painters tape to create perfect triangles large and small.  Be sure to really press down your tape after you have placed it where it needs to go.  Otherwise, your paint could bleed.
  • For the paint dipped look, don’t use the painters tape.  It was easy to take a medium sized paint brush and create the illusion free-hand.  If you use the tape, you’ll realize how impossible it is to get a curved line.
  • Terracotta is very absorbant so your paint will dry really fast.  You will need to do at least 3 coats for each pot.
  • I took painter sponges, wet them then dabbed them in gold paint for a gold leafed look.  It was so easy and gave a nice illusion.
  • For the dipped pots, I painted the color on the outside of the saucer but I painted the inside gold.  It added a nice touch that wasn’t too over the top.
  • For a dripped paint look, apply a good amount of paint to the edge of the bottom of the pot.  Let it drip naturally.  Warning-you will need to let these pots painted with this method dry for at least 48 hours before turning them over.
  • Allow all your pots to dry as long as possible.  As you can see, I got too anxious and planted and watered my succulents too soon.  The paint formed tiny bumps everywhere from the moisture!
  • I painted one pot solid gold, then sponged pink over the top.  The gold looked ridiculous by itself, but the pop of pink toned it down and gave it a more modern look.


The Finished Look:

Gold leaf terracotta pots

Paint Dipped terra cotta pots P1060542 P1060498 Hand Painted Terracotta potsP1060535This was so much fun and such a relaxing project!  I hope you can find time to let your creative juices flow-it truly does a body good!

xx, Jenni


  1. I especially love the ones in the last pic. Sooo pretty!!

  2. I love the pots! I have decided to go to succulents. I like their looks and easy care. Plus I have killed too many flowers. Thanks for the tips on where to buys them!i also want to know how to propagate them.

    • Thanks so much Judy!! I have doubled some of my succulents by breaking off a twig and waiting until the end forms little red roots-then I replant-it’s so easy to make succulents out of succulents! It’s also easy to over and underwater them so beware! Good luck!

  3. Hi Love your work! they look fantastic.
    Just wondering where you got the gold paint from?


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