DIY: Painted Planters

I’ve been pretty excited about these planters. When I started my new job and got to see where I’ll be spending 8 hours of my day, I knew that my area needed some life. Since there aren’t any windows, I decided to use succulents and cacti. I must say, my cubicle is now pretty fancy. I’ve gotten many compliments on my pots and my adorable plants. If you follow me on Instagram, you have gotten a sneak peek at my art. πŸ™‚

Here is what you will need:

  • Pots. Pick whichever size you prefer. I stayed with the smaller sizes since these were going on a shelf in my cubicle. I got mine at my local craft store, Pat Catans.
  • Paint. I went with the Americana brand, and Dazzling Metallics. Acrylic paint. All purpose. Pick any colors that you want! Some of the colors I picked are: black, white, coral blush, pistachio mint, graphite, slate gray, turquoise blue, banana cream, rich espresso (metallic), emperor’s gold (metallic), spa blue.
  • Paint Brushes. I didn’t buy expensive brushes, just a cheap pack that had various sizes for Β detail uses.
  • Sponge Brushes. Various sizes again. They were cheap, so we got a lot. It made it simple when painting large areas.
  • Mod Podge. Gloss. You need this to seal it all in. Plus it makes it all shiny and pretty.
  • Painters Tape. If you want to keep lines straight. I kept mine very rustic. The lines weren’t straight, but I really liked it!
  • Plants! You can pick out any kind that you find to be pretty. The succulents I chose were chocolate soldiers, snow white panda, ogre ears, and cacti.
  • More Dirt. I got some fresh dirt to plant my plants into.

I had very little ideas as to how I wanted to paint the pots. The colors I chose all went very well together, so, I just painted. I did color blocking, stripes, polka dots for example. There isn’t much that I can tell you as to how to do this DIY. You just paint to your hearts content!

If you are going to be using painters tape, I would go ahead and put that on first to get your lines all perfect. Depending on what color you are using, you may need to use multiple coats. The paint dries fairly quickly, but I wouldn’t be rushing. Take your time. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape and finish the empty parts if need be. You want to use small strokes to try to make the paint even. I had a hard time with the white. It kept streaking, it doesn’t look bad, but I’m sort of a perfectionist. πŸ™‚

Once you are all done with the paint and it’s dried. Apply the Mod Podge. With this, make sure you apply and even coat so it will all dry evenly. It paints white but will dry clear, so do not worry!

When the Mod Podge is dried (15-20 minutes), you may plant your plants. This was the messy part! I really enjoyed this though. And then, you are done! Here is how mine turned out:


Β Ah! Aren’t they just SO beautiful?!

picstitch-6More detailed pictures, so you get to see all the way around! There were 2 more small pots that I had painted, but did not put a plant in. I ended up giving one to my mom. I had left over ogre ears that I passed on to her. Here are the pictures of how the plants look on my shelf at work:


These plants truly liven up the place. It doesn’t hurt that 2 out of the 4 are fuzzy and soft. πŸ™‚ I hope you get a chance to do this DIY. You will absolutely LOVE how they turn out. And don’t worry if you think you aren’t artistic enough to give this a try. You totally got this!


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