DIY Art Project: Painted Terra-Cotta Flower Pot

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DIY Art Project: Painted Terra-Cotta Flower Pot

In this DIY art project, we show you how to create an eye-catching painted terra-cotta pot with a harlequin pattern. Here are the steps and downloadable instructions.

Skill Level: Novice
Time: 24-48 hours (including primer, paint, and polyurethane drying times)
Cost: Less than $50

Tools and Materials


Step 1

Prime the pot with a primer appropriate for the material. Follow the instructions on the primer container.

Then, create a harlequin pattern on your pot. Draw the pattern in pencil, or you can purchase ready-made stencils in the paint department of your local The Home Depot store.

DIY Art Project: Marking off terra-cotta flower pot


Step 2

Tape off the lines with painter’s tape. Trim off the excess tape with your hobby knife.

DIY Art Project: Taping off terra-cotta flower pot


Step 3

With a paintbrush, paint over the tape to create your diamond pattern. Don’t use too much paint, though, or it will bleed through the tape.

DIY Art Project: Painting terra-cotta flower pot


Step 4

Once the paint is dry, switch the tape to the outside of the pattern, and fill it in with an artist’s brush.

DIY Art Project: Removing painter's tape from terra-cotta pot


Step 5

Then simply remove the tape, touch up any imperfections and enjoy!

If you plan to set the pot outside, seal it with a water-based, exterior grade polyurethane. Use two or three coats.

DIY Art Project: Painted Terra-Cotta Flower Pot

 Download printable instructions for this painted terra-cotta flower pot DIY art project and get started!

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.

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