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.
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.
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!
It’s a pineapple!
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.
In went another fun plant (a Fittonia), and I have a fun and fruity pairing!
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?
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