DIY: Cheap & Easy Painted Herb Pots

Looking for a fun project to do this Labor Day weekend?  Why not paint some cheeky pots for your herbs and flowers?!

Lately I've been on the hunt for pots with good drainage to accommodate my growing plant family that--here's the key--are budget friendly.  It turns out this is harder than it seems, and I'm tired of the same old stuff from Target and Menards (no offense Target and Menards, you just get a little stale sometimes).  Since I wasn't finding what I wanted, I took the reigns and decided to make some of my own.  Yay for being crafty!  Bonus: I can totally control what each pot looks like and I get to choose the material--terra cotta--because I'm a picky poo and really prefer the way my plants thrive in terra cotta pots. 

Do you have an outdoor herb garden? Now is the time you should start considering if you want to transplant some of those little herbies (or flowers!) into smaller pots to bring indoors. Nights will be getting chilly awfully soon and most plants can't handle that for very long, if at all. I personally prize cooking with fresh herbs year round and keeping a small line-up of herbs in pots is easy as pie, or should I say pesto!

 

Oh, and talk about affordable.  This project came in under $10 bucks a pot, using the materials I've listed below.  How's that for a deal!?

Here I have laid out the supplies I used, as well as some additional stuff you could play around with if you're not into the design I chose to paint:

Materials:

  • Newsprint or a grubby table cloth
  • A small-ish sponge brush 
  • Assorted paint brushes for detailing
  • The pot you plan on painting. Make sure you've wiped it with a damp cloth and let it dry all the way before you get started.  This will get any dust and crud off that might otherwise mar your beautiful work of art.
  • Minimum 2 colors of outdoor acrylic paints
  • optional: rubber bands (wrapped around could make cool stripey patterns or sharp lines)

Make sure to have a surface you either don't mind getting messy (hi, grandma's picnic table!) or something to put down underneath your project.  I chose old newspapers.

Above is a photo of the three different brands of outdoor paint I found at my local Michael's store.  I tried out all three and found no real difference in quality, honestly.  If there's another brand you'd prefer to use, go right ahead!  I chose paints specifically designed for outdoor use because I don't want the paint to streak when I water my plants or they get rained on. Just make sure you follow the directions on the back of the bottle, as recommended drying times may vary. 

Now let's get to business! I applied the white base for my pot with the sponge brush.  It took me about three coats to get the opacity I wanted.

Apply paint in smooth, sweeping motions for even coverage.

You can paint the inside of the pot, or leave it as is.  I chose to paint just about an inch and a half down inside mine, so terra cotta won't be visible above the dirt.  I did this because I like how terra cotta absorbs water and "breathes", so I wanted to leave most of the inside bare for it to do it's thang.  

Detailing tiiiiiiiime!

Take your detailing color and squirt a tiny bit out onto a palette, a paper plate, or a bit of newsprint, like I did.  Just be careful not to set your pot in it!

Below is the step-by-step image guide to how I made this pot's cheeky little face:

Ta da!  

Now allow the pot to dry for as long as the paint bottle says (mine recommended 72 hours, but I'll be honest I plopped a plant in there after a day and a half and it was fine).  

Now get busy!  

Made your own?? Don't forget to tag #bertandlouDIY in your social media posts so I can see your beautiful work!  

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