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Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots

There are so many fun ways to decorate everyday terra cotta pots.

On their own, I think they have a certain old world charm, but since they’re readily available and pretty inexpensive, they also make excellent canvases for these fruit-inspired planters.

The notion started with this little gift from a friend.

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // the notion started with this little cutting of a friend's plant

She supports my aspiring green-thumb and gave me a few clippings from her bounty of houseplants. For the longest, the plant just sat in a cup of water on my windowsill. Then I noticed it had formed roots and seemed ready to be transplanted into a new home.

So I spray painted a terra cotta pot and saucer a bright, fun yellow.

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // inexpensive and readily available, terra cotta pots make excellent canvases for these fun and fruity diy planters

It required 3-4 coats for an even finish because terra cotta is porous. In retrospect, I could have applied a coat or two of primer first to conserve the color spray paint. And if you don’t have spray paint, acrylic paint works fine, too.

After the paint dried, I used a brown permanent marker and drew “v’s” in alternating rows around the planter. Popped in the plant and voila!

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // inexpensive and readily available, terra cotta pots make excellent canvases for these fun and fruity diy planters

It’s a pineapple!

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // inexpensive and readily available, terra cotta pots make excellent canvases for these fun and fruity diy planters

And while I was feeling a little fruity, I taped off the rim of another terra cotta pot and spray painted the body and saucer a bright red. After the red dried, I taped it off and spray painted the rim a dark green.

A few quick spritzes of light green gave the texture of a rind, and a scattering of seeds drawn with a black permanent marker finished off the watermelon effect.

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // inexpensive and readily available, terra cotta pots make excellent canvases for these fun and fruity diy planters

In went another fun plant (a Fittonia), and I have a fun and fruity pairing!

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // inexpensive and readily available, terra cotta pots make excellent canvases for these fun and fruity diy planters

You can have a pair, too. These fruit-inspired planters don’t require a lot of money or artistic ability, and still provide a nice pop of color for the sunny months. Plus, adding greenery to a living space is always a win in my book!

So the pineapple or the watermelon planter… Which one do you like best?

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // inexpensive and readily available, terra cotta pots make excellent canvases for these fun and fruity diy planters

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6 Responses to Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots

  1. Karen DeLuca June 8, 2017 at 1:50 PM #

    I use a spray sealer on the inside of my terra cotta pots which prevents any damage to the outside of the painted pots. It’s inexpensive, easy to use and available at any craft store.

    • v. June 8, 2017 at 3:01 PM #

      That’s a good idea, Karen, since the pots are porous. Thanks for sharing your tip!

  2. Chief April 13, 2017 at 3:31 PM #

    These look like lots of fun. They make me want a smoothie.

    • v. April 14, 2017 at 12:14 PM #

      The watermelon one totally screams, “Summer!” (like Olaf) to me. ;)

  3. Lea April 11, 2017 at 10:28 AM #

    That is such a great idea! I would have never thought of doing that and instead I spent money on buying pots…not any more a can of paint and imagination. Thank you for the great idea.

    • v. April 22, 2017 at 10:59 AM #

      Thanks so much, Lea! And for the plant that inspired the pot!?

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