Plants and crafts - we do love it when our passions combine! Painting plant pots is a great way to give your plain old pots a fresh lease of life, and it's always best to make use of what you have than buying new (especially if like us you already have more than enough pots!) We've gathered together some of our favourite plant pot painting ideas to inspire you to get creative and jazz up those pots!

If you don't have any spare pots (or paint/craft supplies for that matter),  we've also included some handy kits and links to help you get started - just use the links below to jump to the section you're looking for!

Plant pot painting kits

Noah air dry pottery kit for beginners

Noah clay plant pot painting kit

Never mind simply painting a pot - this amazing kit from Noah comes with everything you need to not only for pot painting but also for making your own custom plant pot from scratch! This air-dry pottery kit uses air-dry clay which is great for beginners, and comes with a generous 2kg of clay which should be plenty enough to create a couple of different projects, as well as a bottle of varnish to seal your pot and give it a layer of protection. There are a few different variations of the kit that you can buy, such as deciding between terracotta or white clay, as well as your paint colour paletter, which comes in choices of primary colours, pastels or metallics!

Buy the Noah Air-dry Pottery kit for beginners from Amazon

Children's Planter painting set

Kids plant pot painting kit

If you want to pass on your love of gardening to kids, then this children's planter painting set is a great way to get them engaged! This kit comes with 3 metal planter containers is 3 sizes (the smallest being 7 inches long and the largest 13 inches long), 12 water-based paints, and a range of paint brushes and gardening tools, plus some handy extras like bases for your planters and a work mat to keep mess to a minimum. Kid's will love painting these pots, which will look particularly good on a windowsill, and we think it's a great way to get little ones excited about gardening - the last step is just to sow some seeds!

Buy the Children's Planter painting set on Amazon

Make your own planter kit

Make your own planter kit

Here's another fabulous kit that allows you to make and paint your own pot from scratch, but this one is all about the super-stylish and modern concrete pots! Including moulds and enough concrete mix to make 2 desk pots, as well as paint, applicator, gloves and mask - it's a fab little kit that would make a great gift for a plant-loving friend (or just for yourself)

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Buy the Make your own planter kit on Etsy

Kids Paint your own flower pot set

Kids paint your own plant pot kit

Another kit for the kids now, and this one is a super-sweet little project that keeps things simple for little ones. This paint-your-own flower pot kit comes with 6 paints and a paint brush - a great little activity for visiting grand-kids or young relatives perhaps?

Buy the Kids Paint your own flower pot set from

Plant pot painting kit


It's not just kids that like things kept simple - why not treat yourself or a loved one to this plant pot painting kit and enjoy getting creative coming up with a design all of your very own!

Buy the Plant pot painting kit from

Blank plant pots for painting

If you've already got plenty of paints and crafts supplies but just need some blank paint pots, theres plenty available from Baker Ross. Here's just a few to get your started!

Plant pot painting ideas

If you've got your paint supplies sorted and have your pots at the ready - then all you need now is some inspiration. Fortunately there's loads of fun and stylish plant pot painting tutorials online, so here's some of our favourites for you to try!

1. DIY painted plant pots

Our first plant pot painting idea is one of our very own - transforming old tin cans into planters using acrylic paints and Posca markers. Our free plant pot painting tutorial has a few different design ideas to inspire you, plus we've also included how to make an easy macrame plant pot holder so you can really show off those pots!

Check out our DIY painted plant pots tutorial here!

DIY painted plant pots step one

2. Drip paint flower pot

If you like the idea of painting a plant pot, but don't know what to paint - just let gravity do the work! This Instructable tutorial shows you how to create a cool effect without needing a single paint brush!

Check out the Drip paint flower pot tutorial

Drip paint plant pot tutorial

3. How to paint terracotta pots

For those of you who love a good youtube tutorial, we think this How to paint terracotta pots video by NestArtfully is a great place to start. With plenty of helpful tips and advice, as well as a few different ideas such as masking and block printing.

4. Cat painted plant pot

Cats and plants - two of our favourite things! If you feel the same, then we think you'll love this cat painted plant pot tutorial. It features making a clever cat shapes template to help you plant out your design, then all you have to do is paint those adorable kitties!

Check out the Painted cats terracotta pots tutorial

Cat plant pot painting design

5. Nail polish marbled pots

Go all abstract with these fantastic marbled pots! No paints required for this one, as it uses nail varnish instead - you basically dip your pot into a container that has nail varnish and water in it, and then just marvel at the result!

Check out the Nail polish marbled pots tutorial

nail varnish marble plant pot painting

6. Painted plant pot DIY tutorial

This simple tutorial from Bang on Style Blog is a great introduction to plant pot painting, with handy tips and a few different design ideas.

Take a look at the Painted plant pot DIY tutorial

succulent plant pot painting ideas
If you fancy trying some more crafty projects to compliment your plants, why not try our how to make a planter box or how to make a macrame plant hanger tutorials.
Macrame plant hanger DIY

7. DIY Ombre paint pots

Ombre is the trend that never goes out of fashion, so give your sweet succulent pots a stylish update with this fun and easy tutorial.

Give the DIY Ombre paint pots a try!

ombre paint plant pot tutorial

8. How to paint a terracotta pot tutorial

We found that this how to paint terracotta pots tutorial was full of handy tips and advice - such as how to prime and seal your pots! We might even give it a go with our outside pots too!

Check out the How to paint a terracotta pot tutorial

how to paint a terracotta pot

9. Galaxy painted plant pots tutorial

If you want to paint your plant pots with a design that is out of this world, then you're going to love this galaxy painted plant pot tutorial from TheCraftTrain! Kids and teens will love getting involved with this crafty project, but make sure they're wearing some old clothes - we suspect this one could get messy!

Check out the Galaxy painted plant pots tutorial

galaxy painted plant pots

10. Glitter plant pot tutorial

In our opinion nothing beats a bit of sparkle, so of course we love this glitter plant pot tutorial! It's incredibly simple, and these glittery pots would also make great gifts too!

Find the Glitter plant pot tutorial here

Glitter plant pot painting

11. Named sharpie plant pot tutorial

Here's another plant pot painting idea that is perfect for using for gifts! It uses lettered stickers as a mask, then you simply dot around them with a Sharpie pen (which come in a huge range of colours like this metallic gold). What a clever idea!

Check out the Named sharpie plant pot tutorial

Sharpie name plant pot tutorial
If you're not a fan of painting, why not use your crafty skills to transform your plant pots? You could try out our free crochet plant hanger pattern or our free knitted plant hanger pattern. Or alternatively put your sewing skills to the test and learn how to make a fabric plant pot or try our free plant embroidery plant pot cover
How to make a plant pot cover step 3

12. Succulent face planters tutorial

You know what's always going to brighten up your plain plant pots? Giving them a smiley happy face! Again all you need is some Sharpie pens to give your pots a pretty face.

Take a look at the Succulent face planters tutorial

face painted plant pot

13. DIY scalloped painted plant pot tutorial

For those of you who love a bit of stylish minimalism, we think this DIY painted plant pot tutorial might just be perfect for you! It's another tutorial that uses stickers to mask off areas of your pot, in this case circular stickers that are halved to make a fab scalloped design.

Try the DIY scalloped painted plant pot tutorial today

Scalloped painted plant pot

14. Geometric painted plant pots tutorial

If you fancy going for a super-modern look with your painted plant pot, then you can't go wrong with these fab geometric painted plant pots! They may look tricky, but the use of some handy painters tape will help you to get those lines super crisp!

Check out the Geometric painted plant pots tutorial


15. Decoupage flower pots with Modge Podge

Ok so we're going to offer you a few alternatives for our final 3 plant pot ideas, and while they don't involve paint we think they might still inspire you to get creative! Why not try a bit of decoupage to decorate your pots! This tutorial uses some pretty patterned napkins to give the pots a colourful yet rustic looking finish, although if you're feeling creative you could use newspaper clippings or try using your own printed images.

Find out how to Decoupage flower pots with Modge Podge


16. Fabric covered plant pots tutorial

If you're anything like us, you've probably got tons of scraps of fabric stored away (especially bits left over from sewing projects that you just couldn't bare to throw away). Well this fab tutorial shows you how to cover your plant pots with fabric - why didn't we think of that!!!

Try the Fabric covered plant pots tutorial

How to cover plant pots with fabric

17. Patterned Sugru plant pots tutorial

Finally, if you want to get really funky, rather than just painting your plant pots, how about adding a whole extra layer of decoration with the help of Sugru additions! Sugru is a mouldable glue, so you can make it into any shape you want then stick it to your pot. We love these 3D additions, and can imagine plenty of creative ways you could transform a plain pot with this clever material!

Learn how to make patterned Sugru plant pots


We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of plant pot painting ideas, if you're looking for more crafty inspiration check out our 100 free daily craft projects. Or why not head over to our craft subscription box collection and paint by number kits which are both full of fun craft ideas.


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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