Hello crafty friends! It’s Lydi from Lydi Out Loud and I’m ready to celebrate summer, how about you? One of my favorite things about summer is gardening… I certainly don’t have the greenest of thumbs but I always enjoy planting some herbs, veggies and flowers and watching them grow throughout the summer and I also love to paint and decorate clay pots!
Here’s everything you need to transform basic clay pots in statement pieces in your garden! Notice how I planted cacti and succulents, they’re hard to kill! 😉
Colorful Painted Clay Pots
- Small clay pots
- Primer (I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting)
- Variety of outdoor paints (I used Americana Decor Outdoor Living paints in Adirondack, Pansy Picket Fence and Rose Gold)
- Stencils and/or painters tape
- Foam brush and/or paint brush
- Make sure that the clay pots are clean, dry and free of dust. Clay is so dusty!
- Prime pots with 1 coat of white primer. I like to use chalky paint as a primer; the texture grabs the paint that will be over it very well.
- Paint pots with your outdoor paint. I painted 2 of mine white and 1 rose gold.white outdoor paint. It took 2 coats to completely cover the clay without streaks. Allow to dry thoroughly in between coats.
At this point you can get really creative with the colors and designs you choose. I’ve been adding pops of color to my patio this year so I went the bright route but the world (or clay pot in this case) is your oyster.
For my first pot, I used an aztec design stencil that I created in Cricut Design Space (you can see how to create your own stencil design here). If you like this design you can use mine here. One vertical row at a time I placed my adhesive stencil on the clay pot, pressed out any bubbles and stenciled on Outdoor Living in Pansy. Since the pot is curved it’s best to go one row at a time so that the design lines up.
For the second pot I used another stencil that I made from Design Space (you can find it here if you like it) and painted it half and half with Outdoor Living in Adirondack. I just painted an outdoor end table in this color and I am OBSESSED! I marked the halfway point of the pot with the stencil on one side and with painters tape on the other.
For this last one, I painted over a geometric clay pot I had painted from before that I was tired of. You can still see a faint line from the triangle that used to live on it and some texture, but I kind of liked it that way so I decided to not pile on the paint to cover it up.
If you garden with clay pots, do you like to paint them? I would love to see your creations!
I hope you have a wonderful start to your summer, I’ll be back next month.
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These are so cute! I painted a few mini clay pots this spring, but didn’t think to stencil them!
We love the stencil idea too!