Get designer-look pot plants minus the price tag with our quick and easy DIY modern pot plant tutorial, suitable for indoor and outdoor pot plants.
There’s no limit to the colours or patterns you could use to decorate your pots — and it’s incredible what a little masking tape can do to help you paint like a pro!
Items you will need:
- Pot plant
- Haymes Ultra Cover (to seal your pot and avoid peeling paint)
- White paint (we used Greyology)
- A brightly coloured paint (we used Evan’s Delight)
- A black or grey paint (we used Coal Mine)
- Sugar soap
- Sand paper
- Paint brushes (large and small angle brushes
- Masking tape
1. If you are making over an old pot plant like we are, sand it back to remove any peeling paint. Then give it a wash with sugar soap.
2. Prep the pot with Haymes Ultracover. If you plan on using the pot indoors for storage, like our Colour Swatch pot, paint the entire inside of the pot. If you are using the pot for plants, like our Aztec pot, you only need to paint half-way down from the inside rim.
3. Prep the pot with Haymes Ultracover. If you plan on using the pot indoors for storage, like our Colour Swatch pot, paint the entire inside of the pot. If you are using the pot for plants, like our Aztec pot, you only need to paint half-way down from the inside rim.
4. For the Colour Swatch pot, put masking tape around the pot, approximately a third of the way down from the rim. We like the slightly irregular look so don’t feel you have to measure exactly the whole way around, just be sure that the start and end of the masking tape match up.
5. Apply two coats of your bright colour and remove the masking tape while it’s still wet to avoid peeling.
6. For the Aztec-inspired pot, create the pattern you want with masking tape. We chose two rows of irregular triangles. For this, we simply put two rows of masking tape around the pot (about 10cm from the rim and 20cm from the rim) and then applied a criss-cross pattern of masking tape.
7. Apply two coats of your black/grey colour and remove the masking tape while it’s still wet.
8. For both, tidy up any paint that may have flaked off or seeped where it shouldn’t have using your angle brush.
Got any other ideas for a DIY you’d like us to show you? Suggest them to us in the comments below.