Nothing says summer like fresh fruit!! These DIY terra cotta pots are easy to paint with basic craft supplies; all you need is paint and terra cotta pots. Even better, you can score these pots at 99 Cents Only Stores for $0.99 for the pot and another $0.99 for the saucer. If you plan to use these for crafts, there's no need to grab the saucers so you can save the extra buck. Grab some acrylic craft paint and let's get started! I received a complimentary shipment of acrylic paint from Plaid Crafts that I used on these pots. All opinions are 100% my own.
How to use FolkArt Color Shift acrylic paint
Aren't they the cutest!? To make these a little more special than you average “acrylic paint on a pot” DIY terra cotta pot project, I added a little bit of shine with NEW FolkArt Color Shift Acrylic Paint. Color Shift goes on like a top coat; it's semi-transparent so you'll need a base coat of opaque acrylic paint underneath if you want to get full bright color like I got on these pots. If you want to tone down some of the details on the pots, like the strawberry seeds or lines on the pineapple, paint them with acrylic paint first and then add Color Shift on top to soften the contrast between paint colors. This also makes the pots really pop in the summer sunlight!
I mixed sizes and shapes of pots to add more visual interest to my patio table. We recently had a party and everyone thought these pots were cheeky and cute.
If you're planning a party, check out these other DIY terra cotta pot party decor ideas!
Ready to paint your own fruity DIY terra cotta pots?
Here's what you'll need to get started:
- terra cotta pot with saucer
- acrylic craft paint:
- paint brushes
Paint each pot with a base coat of acrylic paint as follows, allowing them to dry for at least 1 hour between coats:
- pineapple: yellow
- strawberry: pink
- watermelon: green
You can paint the saucers to match the pots but I decided to keep the saucers their natural color.
If you don't want to freehand designs, try using stencils. Click here to see how to make DIY terra cotta pot stencils with vinyl.
Pineapple DIY terra cotta pot design:
To make the pineapple design, drag a round brush dipped in black paint across the yellow pot in diagonal lines . Add dots of cream paint in the center of each diamond formed by the black paint lines. Add a top coat of the iridescent yellow paint to the entire pot and allow to dry. This design is similar to one I made last year, just on a larger pot: DIY Pineapple Terra Cotta Succulent Pot
Watermelon DIY terra cotta pot design:
To make the watermelon design, paint wide stripes of iridescent green paint vertically around the entire green pot and allow to dry.
Strawberry DIY terra cotta pot design:
To make the strawberry seeds, dip a small round brush into cream paint and gently press the brush to the pink pot. Stagger the painted seeds to they look well distributed across the strawberry pot. Add a top coat of the iridescent pink paint to the entire pot and allow to dry.
Fill the pot with soil and add a leafy plant or succulent to the pot. Water and enjoy!
Watch this video to see the whole process in action:
Like that cactus DIY terra cotta pot? See how to make it here: Painted Cactus Terra Cotta Pot
Where will you display your fruity DIY terra cotta pots?