This easy DIY project is an awesome way to take old pots and give them an updated, unique look without a lot of effort or hard work.
At the end of each outdoor growing season, I dump the dirt from my flower pots into my garden and stack the pots and planters in the shed until the next year.
When it’s time to pull them out again in the spring, I often give them a facelift with a coat of paint if they’re looking a little tired.
I am partnering with Dixie Belle Paint Company for this post. Paint and supplies were generously provided to me by Dixie Belle, but all ideas and creations are my own.
Recently, my husband came home from Costco with this beautiful, and huge, poinsettia. It was so pretty that I wanted something a little nicer than the gold foil it was wrapped in to hold it, so I dug around in my planter stash and came up with this peach-colored tin planter.
I knew with some paint and one of Dixie Belle’s many Belles & Whistles transfers I could whip up a beautiful new container in not much time.
—>I used a tin planter, but this method will work just as well with clay pots, terracotta pots, plastic pots, wood planters. Just about any kind of plant pot will work!
How to Make an Easy DIY Painted Flower Pot
It’s a good idea to clean your pot really well before you begin, to remove any dirt or debris from previous use. I used Dixie Belle’s Pristine Clean for this step.
The next step is to choose your paint. I used Terra Clay Paint in Moon Beam, which is a pretty white that I knew would make a nice solid color base for the transfer I planned to add on top of it.
Terra Clay Paint has a nice thick consistency that covered this textured pot so easily, but you could also use chalk paint.
I applied a base coat of Moon Beam over the entire pot, and then let it dry for an hour or so before coming back and giving it a second coat to make sure every little bit of the previous color was covered up.
After the two coats of paint dried, I sealed my planter with one thin coat of Terra Seal and allowed it to dry overnight before moving on to transfer application.
Select a Transfer
When it comes to transfers, Dixie Belle has so many simple designs that are perfect for a decorative planter project like this one.
I chose the Evergreen and Holly pattern because I knew it would be beautiful with my red poinsettia, but there are many different patterns to choose from.
Belles & Whistles transfers are so easy to use, even if you think you don’t have artistic skills.
- cut out the section of transfer you want to use on your project
- peel off the protective plastic backing
- position the transfer where you want it (painter’s tape is a great way to hold the transfer in place)
- use the included transfer stick to rub, rub, rub until the transfer sticks to the pot
- gently peel away the top plastic piece
I used the gorgeous red cardinal on one side of my original planter, and this sweet little bird on the other.
I added the holly and berries to the sides, and there are still many transfers left in this package to make more pretty pots.
The last step after applying the transfer is to give your new planter one more coat of Terra Seal. This will give it a water resistant coating to protect the transfer from damage, especially if you plant to use it for a real plant.
This is such an easy project and an inexpensive way to give your old planters a whole new look.
Plus it’s easily customizable with your choice of paint. Try experimenting with bright colors or even metallic paint.
Then, browse through all of the Belles & Whistles transfers to find the fun floral pattern, whimsical print or geometric shapes that work with your style.
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Dixie Belle supplies used in this project:
- Terra Clay Paint in Moon Bean
- Terra Seal
- Round Large Dixie Belle Paint Brush
- Belles & Whistles Transfers
- Dixie Belle Pristine Clean