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Have you ever wondered how to paint terra cotta? We have all of the solutions here for you today. Grab those planters and some paint! You will have some gorgeous pots for your outdoor decor in no time. The methods are super simple and we will even show you some techniques that will make some unique terra cotta pots for your plants.
Supplies needed to paint terra cotta:
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The best product I have found to paint terra cotta is Patio Paint. It is specially formulated to work on the porous surface. I have found that the paint will generally cover a pot well with just two coats (depending on the color). Just apply directly to the surface using a paint brush. A few more tips on how to paint terra cotta:
- Apply Patio Paint when temperatures are between 45 and 85 degrees F.
- Do not expose to moisture for 72 hours after painting (yes this means DO NOT PLANT for 72 hours after painting).
- Paint terra cotta inside and out to gain the benefit of retained moisture in your pots. If you do not paint the inside and you place a plant in your pot, the water will seep through the pot and make your paint bubble up on the outside.
- Do not use inside bird baths or fountains.
If you love the projects featured in this post, you can find step by step instructions on how to make those as well. Click here to see the neon pot solar lights shown above. The painted drip pot that is shown in the collage is also in this post.
The pots above were also painted using Patio Paint then I actually used a toilet paper roll for that design. You can click here to see the full tutorial. You can also do some fun painting techniques on your pots. Use a variety of colors and make some marbled terra cotta pots.
You can also not paint your entire pot and instead do a fun pattern. Check out our confetti tiered planter for some inspiration.
I always recommend Patio Paint for use on terra cotta that will be used for planting, however, sometimes I use the pots for craft projects. If you are looking to paint terra cotta for these types of projects, grab some spray paint! It will cover well and give you a quick surface to make your crafts. See our terra cotta containers here.
You too can paint terra cotta easily! Grab your Patio Paint and get started on some great projects for your home today.