How to paint plastic plant pots with kids

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Recently, my neighbours made some lovely DIY Rope Shelves for my front garden for me. And I decided lovely rope shelves need lovely planty pots. I just didn’t have any. So, I decided to have a go at decorating some plastic post!! And I was surprised quite how easy its to paint plastic plant pots with kids!! And they look just as good as ceramic ones! I thought I would share this little Garden Craft with you today!

paint your plant pot
First shared in 2020

I love to recycle and reuse as much as possible. We also have a very small garden and very small front garden. Both we are trying to make the most of as much as possible. My front garden is a sea of potted plants. Many in plastic pots, some in ceramic pots. What we have a lot of is PLASTIC PLANT POTS but not many ceramic. Especially this year, as we had a few more “plant deliveries” than usual (I finally got a mini herb garden, so exciting)… so I thought, what can we do with all these (boring) black plastic pots.. lets try painting them and spruce things up.

Now I don’t think that these painted plastic pots are THAT waterproof – unless you use gloss enamel paints or spray paint (but spray paint is REALLY bad for the environment), so these pots are meant for using in sheltered areas or indoors (with a sauce!). I do think they look great though and we are definitely making more!

To Paint Plastic Plant Pots you will need –

  • Plastic pots. I actually have two of each size – one for the plant with all the earth to sit in and one to decorate.. that way, if the plant needs repotting or soemthing else doing to it, I can separate the painted plant pot without getting it super dirty or super wet!
  • Acrylic paints or gloss enamels (these are outdoor and waterproof, but we used the less waterproof acrylics)
  • Posca pens (if you wish, sharpies would work too)
  • Paint brushes
DIY Painted Plant Pots

How to Paint Plastic Plant Pots with kids:

As per usual you can watch our quick video tutorial or follow the instructions below!

Step by step written instructions for plant pot painting!

Time needed: 15 minutes.

This pots take 10 minutes or so to make.. but you do need to allow for a little drying time!

  1. Decide on your design

    Decide what you want your painted pot to look like and sketch it out first!

  2. Clean your pot

    Give your pot a good wash and let it dry fully. The paint will go on more smoothly that way and you will get a better finish.
    DIY Painted Plant Pots

  3. Paint your plant pot

    I decided to go for the Panda design – as it is simple and cute! So I painted pots white with my acrylic paints. Let dry fully.
    paint your plant pot

  4. Sketch out your design

    Sketch your designs out and if need be add some pencil marks to your plastic plant pot.
    add your details

  5. Paint your kawaii panda face onto your plastic plant pot

    Then paint! If needed let dry again and add finishing touchs.
    paint your plant pot

painted plant pots

And here they are again on our DIY Hanging Rop Shelves in the garden!

And that is how easy it is to paint plastic plant pots. They actually turned out much better than I though, I and I KNOW we will be making more of these! So cute!

You can see more great Garden Crafts here:

This video tutorial is also available on YouTube

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