DIY Plastic Flower Pot Makeover | Shifting Roots

DIY Plastic Flower Pot Makeover

Are your plastic flowerpots looking a little tired this year?  Give them a quick and easy makeover with two cans of spray paint and a little bit of creativity.  I’ll show you how you can transform your pots from blah to wow with this easy DIY.

Are your terra cotta or plastic pots looking tired?  Give them an easy and creative makeover with a little bit of spray paint.  Your flower pots (and plants!) will look amazing with this simple DIY idea. #diy #gardendiy #plasticpots #flowerpots #upcyle #containergardening #backyard

Start by cleaning your plastic pot and letting it dry.  Turn it over and spray paint it the colour you want most of the pot to be.  Use a heavy hand with the spray paint, because you want to take advantage of the dripping.

After you’ve covered as much as you can, spray paint the top (aka of the bottom of the pot because you’re working upside down) with the second colour.  Spray paint the colour much closer than you normally would.  Gravity needs to do that work for you.

Are your terra cotta or plastic pots looking tired?  Give them an easy and creative makeover with a little bit of spray paint.  Your flower pots (and plants!) will look amazing with this simple DIY idea. #diy #gardendiy #plasticpots #flowerpots #upcyle #containergardening #backyard

Related: Blue and White Patio Makeover Inspiration

Next spray a bit of the second colour in the middle of the pot, from farther away than the can recommends, so you get a bit of definition to your drips, and it makes a nicer ombre effect.

Let the pot dry overnight, or at least 2 hours.

Are your terra cotta or plastic pots looking tired?  Give them an easy and creative makeover with a little bit of spray paint.  Your flower pots (and plants!) will look amazing with this simple DIY idea. #diy #gardendiy #plasticpots #flowerpots #upcyle #containergardening #backyard

Flip the pot right side up and spray paint with your first colour.  I used a bright blue and navy, and I’m very happy with the results.

Once the pot is totally dry, fill with soil and your favourite flowers or vegetables!

P.S. Planning on putting vegetables in those pots?  Here are my favourites for beginners.

How Long will the Paint Job Look Good?

So far, my made over plastic flower pots have endured three summers on a blistering hot, south-facing deck. They have not been taken indoors over the winter and have basically been left to fend for themselves. Most of the pots I spray-painted have held up very well, only needing some light touch ups after 2 years. The only exception is one larger and older pot that came with the house, which the paint seems to scratch off very easily. I’m assuming it must be made of a different plastic.

How do you Touch Up Tired Looking Containers?

To touch up your container, follow these steps:

  1. Remove all soil from the container.
  2. Wash the container inside and out, removing all dirt, and let dry.
  3. If the tops of the container are the only part that need touching up, just lightly spray paint that area.
  4. If the whole container needs touching up, repeat the process you initially used to spray paint the container, giving a slightly thicker spray to the areas that need it.

Repeat the process every 2-3 years and enjoy your containers for many years to come.

Short on garden space?  You might like these square foot gardening ideas:

Get 4 Free Square Foot Gardening Templates

Start your square foot garden the easy way!

You'll get 4 4x4 plans for

  • Salad Garden
  • Beginner's Garden
  • Salsa Garden
  • Kid's Garden

Plus a short 3 day email course of how to get started with square foot gardening.

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Wish you could grow fresh vegetables in a small space? Now you can, with Small Garden, Big Harvest. It’s the fastest way to learn all the intensive gardening techniques that can help you maximize every inch of your available gardening space. With lots of easy to do, real life examples, and 2 done-for-you plans, you’ll be able to start vegetable gardening, even if all you have is an apartment balcony.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Grow roots with us

Kristen

Welcome!

Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

P.S. First time gardener? You'll want to download the quick start gardening guide below!