After a trip to the farmers market where I picked up the most adorable cacti, I realized I didn’t have any pots to plant them in! So I figured this was my chance to try making some of my own. I’m not talking about spinning pottery or anything but this quick and easy DIY painted pots project is perfect for a rainy afternoon. Not only are they absolutely adorable sitting in your window sill but they have a hidden punny little twist.
These little boho pots were inspired by mudcloth prints! The beauty of mudcloth y’all is imperfection. That means when that paintbrush slips, its just adding the authentic look! So roll up your sleeves and get ready for a quick trip to the farmer’s market followed by the craft store. Could a list of errands sound any better?! Don’t think so!
So what do you need to make these punny painted pots?
- Ceramic pots
- Paint – pick a color any color! I went with neutrals for my pots
- Paint brushes – big and little
- A pencil
- A paint marker – I used a fun metallic one to give the hidden message a little sparkle
Once you’ve gathered up all your materials, it’s time to start painting!
STEP 1: Paint the pot….
Start with a solid color or two to cover the orange of the plain pot. It may take a few coats! This is the easy part, so whip out that big fat paint brush and cover the whole thing! I did do a two tone thing on a couple of them just to keep things interesting. Have fun with it!
Step 2 – Add the Deets
For a boho look, I went for a mudcloth style with my pots. You most definitely don’t have to go for bohemian. You can doodle in any way you want to add some interest to your pot! Stripes… chevrons… polka dots…. Whatever floats your boat. If you’re mimicking me, pick up a wide flat brush. I used the end of the flat brush to create the lines you see on the pot below. On one, I went for consistency with the same pattern all the way around. On the other, I had fun and doodled whatever little linear design I was feeling as I made my way around. For the bigger pot I turned the same brush the opposite way and dragged the brush down to create a thicker line pattern.
Step 3: Add the hidden punny message
I wrote my message out with pencil first, because we all know that centering words on anything is just about impossible. After 3 times writing and erasing and repeated that whole deal, I was happy with how my words were spaced. With my metallic gold sharpie, I just wrote right over my pencil lines! That’s it. Your smart-ass, funny, punny little message is ready to be hidden.
Step 4: Make your DIY painted pot your little plant’s new home
This is where it all goes downhill for me. He came over to help and we both ended up getting pricked about 10 times but these little guys made it into their adorable new DIY painted pot home! Whether their quotes “I will survive” or “Only the good die young” have any effect on how they actually fare is to be seen! Put these little guys in the window and step back with the satisfaction that you made that cute little painted pot. Noone knows that there is a punny little quote about how your black thumb will probably kill it in a few weeks!