50 Gorgeous Pot Painting Ideas & Designs

Terracotta pots are a staple for gardeners. But they can look a little plain. But where there is a plain terracotta pot, there is a blank canvas that you can decorate as you see fit.

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50 Gorgeous Pot Painting Ideas & Designs

So why not paint your terracotta pots? It is a budget-friendly and easy way to spice up your home or garden. 

But what kind of design or look should you go with? There are so many to choose from. Well, if you have decided to take the plunge and decorate your terracotta pots, our list of pot painting ideas and designs is going to be just what you need. 

We have gathered a range of designs to give you inspiration for your own terracotta pots. From quick and simple designs to designs that are a bit more complicated. We have the whole spectrum right here at your fingertips. 

Are you excited to check them out? Yes? Well then, let’s dive right in and get started!

What Will You Need?

Before you can start painting your terracotta pots, you are going to need a few things. We have listed some of the items that you will absolutely need before you start on your journey to pain your very own terracotta pots below for you to peruse: 

  • Acrylic Craft Paints In Assorted Colors
  • Clean Terra-Cotta Pots
  • Clear Spray Acrylic
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Matte or Glossy Spray Sealer
  • Plastic Plates
  • Small Artist’s Paint Brush
  • Small Or Medium Foam Brushes
  • Wire Brush

This list covers the basics of what you may need to do terracotta pot painting. So if you find that you need another tool or something else, feel free to add it to your arsenal of items you will need to paint your amazing plant pots. 

Try a Bright And Bold Design

Now that you have just about everything you need. We can finally take a look at some of the most amazing and gorgeous pot painting ideas and designs on the internet.

Some of them are bound to give you inspiration for your own terracotta pots.

1. Try A Bright And Bold Design

If you are the kind of person that enjoys bright colors and shocking designs then you may want to try something like this. It may look daunting to recreate something as bold and colorful as this design.

But it is much easier than you think and you can put your own twist on the design. This is not a simplistic design, so bear in mind that it may take a bit more time than a simpler design. But it is worth it. 

2. Simple Phrase

If you do not have time to do complex designs and instead want something colorful. We recommend that you consider doing something like this. A simple solid color with a phrase can be enough to add a bit of uniqueness to your home. 

3. Beautiful Pink And White Pots

If you love pink then you will find that a simplistic pink and white pot design of your choice is going to be just what you need.

This kind of design can look like anything you like, so feel free to have fun with a simple pink and white pot design idea. 

4. Pretty Polka Dot Designs With A Twist

If you like polka dots but want something with a bit of a twist, you may want to consider a design kind of like this. Sectioning off parts of the pot and using polka dots in them can make your plant pot look a little different.

Best of all, this kind of design is super easy to do. 

5. Classic Polka Dots

Polka dots are a classic. You can do them any size in any color on any background and they will look great.

So if you like the sound of doing something simplistic yet beautiful like a polka dot design, you can do it with the knowledge that you will be able to do it regardless of your skills with a paintbrush. 

6. Stick To A Simple Design

If you do not have the time to commit to a whole art project, but you still want to spice up your plant pot, we have something for you.

Try a simple design of your choice. It could be a simple phrase, one color or anything else that you find interesting yet simplistic. 

7. Go For Something Artsy And Brightly Colored

Some of you will likely enjoy brightly colored artsy plant pots dotted around your home. So why not try a design like this. Something bright, vibrant and artsy.

It is easier to do than you might think. That being said, you need at least some skill with a paintbrush to get this kind of design looking good.

But with some practice you should be able to come up with your own version of this kind of design. 

8. Colorful Minimalist Designs

We all love minimalism. So why not paint your plant pot with a beautiful yet colorful minimalist design. It is easy to do and it will look great.

Best of all you can change the colors and design as you see fit. So your plant pot will look perfect in your home. 

9. Paint Some Closed Eyes On Your Pots

If you need another simple painting idea for your plant pot you may want to consider painting a cute face with closed eyes. This design is easy to do and always looks great.

You can do something like that image above or you could paint just closed eyes on your plant pot. It is up to you.

10. Fun And Cute Quotes

We have mentioned this a few times, but if you literally just want some cute or funny quotes or phrases on your plant pot, you can do that! It will look great, you can paint on any background and use any font that you like.

This is a great design idea for those of you that need something quick and simple but certainly adds some flair to your plant’s home. 

11. Pink Abstract Art With A Leafy Design

Beautiful pink abstract plant pot designs can be fun. They add some flair to the design.

You can also make an abstract plant pot like this your own by altering your design as you see fit, you have to love a design idea that allows you to make your own. 

12. Try Hand Painting A Fox Head

If you want your plant pot to look cute, you may want to simply paint up a fox face. It is easy to do and it always looks great.

It may take a little while to get the design just right, but with some practice you will certainly be able to paint something like this on your plant pots.

13. Modern Leaves And Shapes Design

If you love the look of modern art, then you may want to consider doing something like this. Simple shapes and colors with an elegantly drawn vine or leaf can really bring the whole look together.

It is also quite easy to do. You could use a sharpie to draw the leaves if you wish as this will give the design a sharp and clean look. 

14. Speckled Terracotta Plant Pots

If you need a quick and flashy design that takes mere moments, this may be the perfect pot painting idea for you. All you need is a base coat of your choice and a color that stands out on it.

Simply splatter paint on your plant pot and you will certainly have a design that stands out, looks classy and is super quick and easy to execute. 

15. Cute And Girly Plant Pot With A Quote

If you enjoy girly vibes in your home, you may want to consider a design like this. A cute phrase and pretty pastel colors will work wonders.

You can chop and change this design as you see fit but if you like this kind of vibe, make sure to take this design into consideration. It will certainly liven up your room. 

16. Cute Little Animal Paw Prints

If you love animals and want to paint your plant pots in a way that commemorates your beloved pup, painting little paw prints on your plant pot will be a great choice for you.

This design is super easy to do and you can do what you like with it! If you want to paint the pot orange with pink paw prints, you can! 

17. Peach Fruit Design 

Peaches are delicious. Sweet, tasty and packed full of flavor. But their usefulness does not end there.

They also have a unique and beautiful look which is why you should certainly think about painting some peaches on your plant pot. 

18. Boho Inspired Designs With A Neutral Twist

Do you love boho inspired decorations? Yes? Well then a beautiful earthy boho style plant pot will certainly be something that you will like. These designs should be clean and quite simplistic.

So, make sure that you know what you want your design to look like before you commit to painting on your pot. This option looks a bit like a stencil was used, so you can do that if you would prefer to keep your lines straight and even. 

19. Draw On A Moon And Stars With Fun Designs

If you want your plant pot to have a cool and mysterious look, you may find that painting the moon and some stars on it will make for a good choice. You can make this design as simple or as complicated as you like.

I recommend that you go for something fun and simplistic as it will be easier to do. But, it is entirely up to you what you want your plant pot to look like. 

20. Plant Leaves On A Solid Pot

To make your plant pot look cute and natural you might find that painting some pretty leaves on the side will be sufficient. You can paint any leaves. It is easy to do and it can look fantastic.

You may need a little skill with a paintbrush to do this one properly. So if you are not artistically inclined it might be a good idea to steer clear of designs like this on your first try. 

21. Yellow Plant Pot With Cute Bees

Busy bees! Cute, and fun to paint. You can do a design like this quite quickly and it will almost always turn out looking amazing. We really loved this design idea because it looks adorable.

So, if you really like the idea of your plant pots having cute little bees painted on the side, make sure to try out this design when you get the chance. 

22. Fruit Designs 

Cute little fruity designs can be a fun way to decorate your plant pots. There are countless fruits to choose from and they are always easy to paint. So, if you need a pot painting idea that is cute and simple, this may be perfect for you. 

23. Go For Something Earthy

Sometimes a simplistic earthy design is just what the doctor called for. These kinds of designs are quite easy to do and you can change them up quite a lot. So despite going for something like this, you can make something truly unique and fantastic. 

24. Funny Faces On Colored Background

What could be more fun than some funny or cute faces painted on the side of our plant pot? You can do almost any face you like on your plant pot.

So feel free to have fun with your designs and do something that is cute and interesting to you. 

25. Cute Pink Pot With Palm Trees

A pink plant pot with some cute little palm trees is a great way to spice up your home or garden. It is a super easy design to do and it can look amazing in the right room.

On top of that, the vibrant pink color will make your plant stand out wonderfully. That is what you call a win!

26. Abstract And Colorful Landscape Designs

An abstract landscape plant pot will look fantastic no matter where you want to put it. The colors you use can be tailored to your current home decorations and the design you use can be altered to suit your tastes.

You have to love a design that can be tailored to you. You will need to be careful to keep your design clean and neat as this design banks on simplistic yet clean painting. 

27. Rainbow Pots

Do you love rainbows? Whether you love the colors or you want to paint your plant pot to represent the LGBT+ community. This kind of design will certainly be a good idea for you.

Best of all this kind of design is quite easy to execute. So even a novice painter will be able to make a beautiful rainbow painted plant pot. 

28. Pretty In Pink with Love Hearts

If you want to do something cute and lovey, you might want to consider painting your pot pink and doing little hearts all over it. This can make your plant pot look cute and youthful.

Best of all, this pot is super easy to do so you will be able to make your plant pot look fantastic, even if you are not the best painter. 

29. Modern Earthy Boho Design

If you like the boho look, but you like an earthy look, going for something like this might be just what you need. Your designs can vary but using earthy tones can really make the whole look come together.

It is very easy to paint up designs like this so you can make your plant pot look amazing! 

30. Multiple Pots With A Theme

If you have several pots that need painting you might find that painting your pots using a central theme will be a good idea.

For example you could do a series of cute animal plant pots. Each one painted in the same style but each one different. 

31. Cute Two Toned Plant Pot Designs

If you enjoy two toned plant pots, you may find that going with a design like this will work well for you. Matching the colors together that are complimentary in a simple design can go a long way to bringing a design together.

This is also an easy option for those of you that want to add some style to their plant’s homes but are not very good at painting. 

32. Line Art On A Plain Background

If you like basic minimalistic styles, this may be the perfect type of design for you. Painting a simple line art picture on your plant pot can be a great way to add some personality to your classic terracotta plant pot. 

33. Fun, Colorful And Simple Design

If you love bright colors but you are not good at coming up with complicated designs. It might be a good idea for you to use bright colors but in a simple yet elegant design.

You can use any color or design you like. Just keep it simple and you should be able to come up with a design for your plant pot that you will love. 

34. Solid Color With A Name

If you want to add a little something to your plant pot but you are not the best artist. You might want to consider writing your name on the plant pot.

Alternatively you could give your plant a name and put it on the pot. Either way, this is a fun and cute way to add some style to your basic plant pot. 

35. Sea Foam Green With A Minimalist Design

If you enjoy sea foam green, specifically, you might want to find a design like this that you can use for your plant pots. You can do anything you like.

But we really liked the drippy sea foam green look. It is unique, fun and easy to do. What more could you ask for?!

36. Try A Striking Alcohol Ink Design

If you have never heard of alcohol ink, you are missing out. This kind of ink can make your plant pot look watery and flowy.

The designs you can come up with will never be the same, but you can get a unique and classy look with very little effort. It is certainly the kind of thing that you will be able to do with ease. 

37. Phases Of The Moon

If you love simple designs, you might want to think of doing phases of the moon round your plant pot. This design can look fantastic especially if you like everything up properly.

The main downside to doing a design like this is that you need to make sure that everything is lined up properly, and the circles are perfect. 

38. Solid Base With A Range Of Swirly Patterns

If you are a fan of abstract art, you may enjoy doing a simple solid color base with some swirls. You can do this any way you like. Thin swirly lines that look like water or thicker lines.

This option is super easy to follow and with a little practice you should have a beautiful design that you and your plant will love. 

39. Detailed Plant Pot With Monstera Leaf

If you are a bit more ambitious you may want to consider doing a detailed monstera leaf on your plant pot. This design can be quite detailed or simplistic if you would rather.

You can use any colors that you like, but we recommend that you stick to pretty yet realistic colors. 

40. Solid Color With Triangles

A simple design like triangles on a solid color can really add some spice to your home. This kind of design is easy to execute. However you need to ensure that you get all the lines straight.

Especially if you are doing a design with large triangles. You could alternatively use smaller triangles which do not need to be as perfect. 

41. Hand Painted Leaf On A Plain Background

If you like the idea of creating a leafy plant pot, you may want to do some pretty hand painted leaves. You can do anything you like and you can use any style.

For a design like this you just need to ensure that you are doing something that looks good to you. 

42. Colorful Geometric Shapes

Geometric designs are popular at the moment. Which is why you may certainly want to do something like this for your own plant pots. It is quite easy.

Just make sure to get your lines straight to keep everything as geometric as possible. 

43. A Simple Ombre

Do you need something simple yet elegant? If you do then an ombre design will be ideal for you. All you need to do is choose two colors and fade them into each other to create this kind of effect. 

44. Simplistic Abstract Art Design

Do you love abstract art? If you do then a simple abstract art plant pot design will be perfect for you. With this kind of design you can alter the design as you see fit.

So you will certainly end up with something unique. 

45. Simple Black And White Plant Pot Designs

Do you need a design that is simple and uses only black and white? If you do then an abstract or other simplistic design using black and while will certainly suit you. The design choices are endless with this option!

46. Plant Pot With A Checkerboard

Checks can look amazing, and they are quite easy to do. With a design like this you can pick your colors and the size of the checks. Which means that the design you end up with will be quite unique and interesting. 

47. Polka Dot Rim With A Solid Bottom

If you are hell bent on going with a polka dot design, you might want to go with a simple painted pot with a polka dot rim. This design is easy to do and it can look great!

48. Fun And Cute Black Cat Plant Pot

Do you love cats? If you do then a pretty kitty design like this will be great for you. They can be a bit complicated as you will need at least a little skill to bring the design together.

But with some practice it should be easy enough to execute properly. 

49. Gorgeous Textured Alcohol Ink 

We spoke about alcohol ink before, but there is more that you can do with this kind of ink. A more textured design will certainly look great and it is much easier to do than you think. 

50. Detailed And Gorgeous Flower Design

Pretty and detailed flowers will certainly look fantastic on your plant pot. It is quite easy to do as long as you have the bravery and skill to execute the idea properly. But you will be able to do this if you practice! So, give it a try!

Final Thoughts 

It does not matter what design you choose, go with your heart and you can’t go wrong. But, it is important for you to seal the pots you are painting with polycrylic. This will help to protect your new and wonderful design from the elements. 

If you are crafty, painting pots can be a great way to add some spice to your home or garden. With a large selection of designs to choose from, you are sure to find something here that you like.

A simple design or a more complicated one should not be out of reach for you. Just take your time and you will surely end up with a beautiful pot that is just what you need.

But at the end of the day, all you need to do is pick something you like and have fun! If you have enjoyed reading this article, make sure to check out our website. We have a ton of great articles which you will certainly find interesting.

Thank you for reading!

John Whitford
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