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Fruit Painted DIY Terra Cotta Pots

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:

Supplies:

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?

DIY terra cotta pots - paint SUMMER fruit designs on dollar store pots! Use acrylic paint to make a pineapple, strawberry, and watermelon using PLAID FolkArt Color Shift paint. VIDEO tutorial -- https://www.smartfundiy.com/painted-diy-terra-cotta-pots/

DIY terra cotta pots - paint SUMMER fruit designs on dollar store pots! Use acrylic paint to make a pineapple, strawberry, and watermelon using PLAID FolkArt Color Shift paint. VIDEO tutorial -- https://www.smartfundiy.com/painted-diy-terra-cotta-pots/

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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10 Comments

  1. I love the look of these fruit pots. I just started an indoor veggie garden and these would look adorable on my kitchen counter. Pinned

  2. These pots are so lovely and cheerful, Jennifer! I really like the colours. The paints look fantastic. I’m not terribly good at crafts but I think I could make some of these. Thank you so much for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Sharing on the H&S FB page and Twitter. Have a great weekend!

  3. I always look forward to fresh summer fruit. What a fun and creative idea! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. These are simply adorable! What a fun and summary idea. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Summer Time Fun party. pinned.

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