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DIY Painted Flower Pots with Polk Dots

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Since we moved into a house with multiple porches, I have been on a marathon of creating DIY painted flower pots. Terracotta or clay pots are inexpensive, and the decorating options are endless. I have used fabrics, napkins, and paint to decorate flower pots for the porches.

blue pot with white polk dots

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Paint Flower Pots and Saucer

I started by sealing my pot and saucer so my design would last for years. You can learn more about how I seal pots in this earlier post.

Once the sealer is dry I painted the flower pot and saucer with two coats the main color.

painting a clay pot with blue paint

Paint Polk Dots

Next, I used a pouncer to paint on the larger polks dots in a random fashion. After the larger dots dried I painted on the smaller dot between the larger ones.

painting medium sized polka dots

To paint the dots on the saucer I had to paint some partial dots to fill in the space.

Adding white polka dots to the blue painted saucer

Next, allow the polk dots to dry before moving to the next step.

Seal DIY Painted Flower Pots

Once the paint is completely dry I used Outdoor Mod Podge for a weather proof seal.

Pot, Outdoor Mod Podge and paint brush on a table

Use a generous amount of Mod Podge to seal over the paint.

Applying Mod Podge over the paint

It will look cloudy but don’t worry it will dry clear.

Wet coat of Mod Podge on the saucer

The DIY painted flower pots with polk dots are ready to use.

Polka dot painted pot and saucer

If you are using them inside for plants you will want to use the saucer to catch any moisture.

DIY Painted Flower Pot sitting on the saucer

More DIY Garden Pots and Planters

Who doesn’t love collecting seashells? This gorgeous seashell succlent planter was created by My Family Thyme.

sea shell with a plant inside

Galvanized tubs make the perfect container garden for herbs and veggies. Sonja Burgess shares how to upcycle galvanized tubs for gardening.

galvanized buckets with herbs planted in them

Another way to create inexspensive planters is to upcycle items you have on hand. This adorable wooden wheelbarrow DIY flower planter was created by From Farmhouse to Florida.

wooden wheelbarrow filled with flowers

See you soon,


Ps. This post was shared on Between Naps on The Porch.

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Monday 1st of April 2024

I wouldn't ever plant anything in galvanized containers. Especially in the south. The sun would heat them up and bake the poor plants. Unless you want to water them several times a day.


Monday 1st of April 2024

Adorable, using the pouncer for dots was brilliant and I bet fun to do.

Wayne Tyson

Wednesday 5th of July 2023

I like the simple, simple but extremely delicate patterns. Of course it goes well with each other. dinosaur game

Kimberly Snyder

Friday 16th of June 2023

Such a cute planter! I need to try this with a few of mine! Thanks for sharing all the tips! Great hopping with you as always!


Tuesday 13th of June 2023

What a great planter idea! I love the color you used and the fun polk dots! So cute and creative! Happy gardening, my friend!

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