So no matter what the weather may throw my way (seriously so over this snow!), Spring is on my brain! Even though I am a notorious plant killer (probably because I’m a plant ignore-er), when I walk past any home and garden center and see all of the pretty succulents and cacti, I can’t help but swoon.
I picked up a few the other day while I was shopping to spruce up my color-lacking bathroom, but didn’t like the pots they came in. I picked up a 3 pack of terracotta pots at the dollar store, but even those were too basic for my taste and needed an update.
I created a video tutorial for this DIY that you can view here or on my YouTube channel, but if you’d rather see step-by-step tutorial photos and text, you can follow along below!
- terracotta pots
- white spray paint
- painter’s tape
- nail polish – colors of your choice (cheap polishes work best!)
- acrylic paint – colors of your choice
- paint brushes
- sealing spray (optional)
- succulents & cacti
1. Take your terracotta pots and paint them white. This will be the base for your other colors to “pop” on.
2. Tape off random sections of your pots with painter’s tape.
3. Fill a bowl (big enough to fit your pots and one that’s ok to get dirty) with water that’s as hot as you can handle. Take your nail polish and add drops to the water. If you’re doing more than one color, do this step quickly. It may take a couple tries to get it how you want it so if you mess up, have some toothpicks on hand to “wipe” the water clean.
4. Once the nail polish is marbled, slowly dip your pot into the water so the nail polish can adhere to it. Let dry.
5. Remove the painter’s tape and fill in those areas with acrylic paint, leaving a thin-ish white border. Let dry.
6. This step is optional, but you can choose to seal it with a clear top coat. This would be a good idea if you plan on displaying these outdoors.
7. Transplant the succulents and cacti from their original pots in the painted pots.
8. Put them on display!
These planters added a much needed pop of color to my very neutral bathroom and I love how they turned out! I think I’ll be making some for the outdoors once the weather warms up a bit. ;)
How do you display your plants for Spring?