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Painted Pots

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Colorful paint and a permanent marker turn simple terra-cotta pots into decorative containers.

Painted terra-cotta pots with offerings

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Artist’s brushes
  • 1-in foam brush
  • Black permanent markers


  • 3 - 4-in-diameter terra-cotta pots, #94448
  • Valspar Signature satin paint, 8 ounces:
  • Rushing Stream (#5005-10B)
  • Berrylicious (#1005-1A)
  • Orange Fruit (#2011-1)
  • Shallow Valley (#6011-9)
  • Flower Girl (#1005-1C)
  • Ultra White (#7006-24)

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Step 1

Apply two coats of paint (Berrylicious shown) to the collar and inside of each pot. Then apply two coats of paint (Rushing Stream shown) to the lower part of the outside.

Good to Know

When painting more than one pot, apply one color to each pot before moving on to the next color to avoid frequently cleaning or switching brushes.

Step 2

Use a pencil to draw the main designs, such as the scallop shapes around the collar and the vines and leaves on the outside. You don’t need to include details such as dots on the collar or vines.

Step 3

Paint the lower part of the collar (Ultra White shown) and the shapes of the leaves (Shallow Valley shown). Add a second coat of each as needed.

Step 4

With an artist’s brush, dab color dots centered beneath each scallop (Orange Fruit shown). Then apply dots to the ends of the vine pencil lines (Flower Girl shown).

Step 5

After all of the paint dries thoroughly, use permanent markers to trace along the pencil lines and around the dots and leaves. Use different marker widths to suit the sizes of the different lines and shapes -- a wide or medium marker for the scallops and a fine-tip marker for around the leaves and dots, for example.