Clay pots are the most common containers used in planting succulents. They are easier to find and cheaper than other alternatives. They also feature earthly light or dark brown colors that make them ideal for outdoor or indoor gardens. However, they can be monotonous if you decide on sticking with their original look.

One way to spruce up the appearance of your clay pots is by painting them with custom colors. However, this is not as easy as applying the paint that you want directly into their surfaces.

Here are the steps that you should do when painting your clay pots for succulents to get the best results:

Step 1: Prepare the Materials

The things that you will need for this DIY project are terracotta pots, clean cloth, acrylic paint primer, old toothbrush or pot brush, small and medium paintbrushes, old newspapers, sponge, acrylic paint spray, and plastic plates.

Step 2: Clean the Pots

Start by cleaning the clay pots with running water. Use an old toothbrush or a pot brush for scrubbing hard-to-remove dirt that has been stuck on the surfaces of the pots. After that, wipe them with a clean cloth and place them under the sun.

Clay pots have a tendency to absorb moisture so you may need to keep them under direct sunlight for a few hours or up to two days until they completely dry up. Wipe the pots again with a dry and clean cloth before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3: Lay Down the Newspaper

Spread some old newspapers in the area where you will be working. This is to protect it from paint droppings, which may leave a permanent mark on the surface.

Step 4: Apply the Primer

Once the pots are already clean and dry enough, carefully apply the paint primer using a medium brush. For an easier way of applying paint, put some of it on a paper plate and thin it with a small amount of water. Mix them carefully using a paint brush or a sponge.

Make sure that the paint has been applied evenly all over the pot. Next, leave it to partially dry.

Step 5: Apply More Base Paint

When the pot is at least 75% dry, and the primary paint still appears uneven or some parts look to be fading, apply more primer into it. You may have to repeat the process if you are still not satisfied with your work. Let it dry completely when done.

Step 6: Apply the Final Coating

Use the spray paint for your final coating. This should be the color that you really want for your clay pots. See to it that the application on each surface is even for the best visual results. Leave it to dry under the sun for the last time.

Step 7: Add the Decorations (Optional)

You may add hand drawn effects or stickers on the pots for an extra appeal depending on your preference.

If You Have No Time For This

If you are too busy with your schedule and you have no time for this DIY project, there are stores that offer ready-made pots for succulents with unique designs at very affordable prices like the ones shown below so you can save time, money, and effort.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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