Amazon + Paint + Free Templates = These Cool Plant Pots

Take a white planter from 'plain' to 'Pinterest-worthy' using paint!
credit: Carrie Waller

White can either be a minimalist's dream or ... bleh. Boring. And your greenery deserves so much more than a lackluster place to live, don't you think? Today, we're teaching you how to take a white planter from plain to Pinterest-worthy project, using nothing but paint. Scroll on for the DIY details, including three printable templates — in case you don't trust yourself to freehand the design!

Can you believe these mod designer-inspired pots used to be just boring white?
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Here's what you'll need to make over your plain white pots.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 1

Download the template designs you plan to use, and then print them onto card stock. For this demo, we created three different designs — concentric circles, a half-moon look, and a dashes printable template. Cut the shapes out with scissors.

Print and cut out the template designs you plan to use.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 2

Tape the design in place on your white pot (we just eyeballed it, but feel free to use a level and tape measure if you prefer precision), and then trace the shape onto the white pot using a pencil. Note that we used an assortment of sizes for this project — a 14-inch pot, 12-inch pot, and 10-inch pot.

Tape the design in place on your pot and trace it.
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Step 3

Mix acrylic paint in plastic paint cups until you get your desired colors, and then paint inside your traced lines using an assortment of detail paintbrushes. Allow the paint to dry between coats for one hour, and then allow the final coat to dry overnight.

Paint inside your traced lines.
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Step 4

Once the acrylic paint is completely dry, spray the painted area of the pot with a clear gloss sealer. This will help protect your hand-painted design from scratches.

Spray the painted area of the pot with a clear gloss sealer.
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Step 5

Fill your finished painted pots with real or faux greenery once dry. We used a faux snake plant, faux fiddle leaf fig tree, and a faux fern. How gorgeous does this trio look?!

Fill your painted pots with real or faux greenery.
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Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their four pets.