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Painted Leaf Flowerpot

Customize terra-cotta pots of any size with a bright coat of paint and fanciful leaf designs. Download free patterns and apply.

 Painted terra-cotta pot with leaf design

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Artist brushes
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Painter's tape


  • 18-1/2-in-wide clay pot, #78249
  • Valspar Duramax semigloss, quarts: Star Gazer (#4008-8B), Peaceful Leaf (#6004-8A), white

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Project Resources


Step 1

Apply two coats of white paint to the inside and outside of the flowerpot. Let dry. Then brush on a coat of blue (we used Star Gazer) around the base to create a gradual transition into the lighter area.

Good to Know

To achieve the gradient look, merge the two while both colors are still wet. Work up from the bottom with one brush and down from the top with another, gently feathering the colors together with a light touch.

Step 2

Download and print the leaf pattern of your choice. Cut out the leaf shapes and cutouts within the overall shape. Tape the leaf pattern to the side of your pot and carefully trace the shape with a sharp pencil. Add as many leaf patterns as you like around the pot.

Step 3

Using an artist's brush, fill in the shape of the leaf (we used Peaceful Leaf) around the pencil marks and let dry.