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How to perk up your terracotta planters with fresh paint and colour

Create with paint! Projects from Habitat by Resene

Are your plant pots all looking a little dull and boring? Even if you're not a DIY connoisseur, these planter projects will take no time at all.

Grab a terracotta pot and decorate it in a pattern that fits in with the personality of your home.

Paint and decorate a terracotta pot

You will need


  1. If you’re using a secondhand pot, make sure you give it a good clean first and allow it to dry. 
  2. Paint the inside and outside of your pot using Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer. This will prevent moisture coming through the pot and affecting the paint finish on the other side.
  3. Paint the pot with Resene Dawn Chorus and leave to dry.
  4. Once dry, start your pattern. The triangles were created using sponge, cut to shape and dipped into Resene Ruby Tuesday.
  5. Using the round brush, work your way around the pot for the dots (in Resene Sazerac) and stripes (in Resene Ayers Rock).
  6. Complete the pattern by using a flat brush with Resene Ruby Tuesday to create a line around the bottom. 

Supplies you will need

Terracotta pot completed

Top tip:  Use Resene FX Metallic to paint accents on your pots.

Project by Nikki Astwood, 2020.

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