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How to Paint Terracotta Pots – Easy Tutorial

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Since spring has sprung, I wanted to plant a ton of flower seeds to brighten the yard, porches, and my home. That means it is time to paint terracotta pots for my flower seeds.

If you have been following my creative adventures, then you know I love a DIY project! I chose to use clay pots since they are inexpensive and super easy to paint. I am still enjoying the flower pot I painted and added a stencil and my spring flower pots. This new one will be enjoyed for years to come. 

DIY Painted Flower Pot

DIY Painted Flower Pot

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Flower Pot Painting 

My inspiration for my flower pot design was from a thumbprint counting booklet my daughter made in pre-school years ago. The cheery little bees would be perfect on my handpainted terracotta pots. 

After gathering just a few simple items, I was ready to transform my terracotta pot with paint. 


You can see us painting the pot and some bees during a Facebook live (HERE). We will be crafting live on Facebook at least two times every week this summer, so please join us. If you would like a supply list and a reminder sent straight to your inbox, please fill out THIS form. I cannot wait to meet you. 

Gather supplies and Prepare your Pots for Painting

Since we used a new terracotta pot, we did not need to clean it before painting. However, if your clay pot is dusty or dirty, you can use a brush and water to clean it. Allow it to dry before painting completely. 

Terracotta pot painting supplies

Supplies for painting clay flower pots

We used a paintbrush to paint the pot with two coats of paint. You can use a foam brush if you prefer. 

Painting Terracotta Pot with white chalk paint

Hand painting each coat of paint

Painting the Design 

To paint the body of the bee, I used my thumbprint. With a little trial and error, I discovered the best way to add paint to my thumb. Using a paintbrush to apply the paint to my thumb gave the best results. I practiced making thumbprints and the bees on paper before attempting to paint them on my flower pot. 

Adding paint to my thumb to paint a bee - terracotta pot painting


After applying the bee body (thumbprint), I allowed the paint to dry before adding the other details. 

Yellow paint thumbprint on white painted terracotta pot

Thumbprint bee body

Using my favorite paint marker (this is the one I used), I added a smile to my bee.

Drawing the bee on painted pot

Drawing the bee’s face

Painted flower pot with thumbprint bee face

Drawing on the bee’s eye

After drawing the bee’s face, I added stripes and a tail on his body.  

Painted terracotta pot adding the stripes to thumbprint bee

Drawing on the bee’s stripes

Drawing the antennae and tail on the thumbprint bee flower pot

Drawing the bee’s antenna

Painted flower pot with thumbprint bee face

Using a paint marker to draw wings on the bee

Then I added a dotted line of the bee’s flight pattern. 


Adding the bee flight path

Once I had finished adding bees to the flower pot, I decided it needed a polka dot ribbon to finish it.

Finished painted pot with bees and polka dot ribbon

It turned out better than I imagined! 

Flower pot painted pot with bees and ribbon in the garden

Flowerpot painted pot with bees and ribbon in the garden

Terracotta pot in the garden

Please join me (HERE) as we craft up some fun. You can look forward to receiving new inspiration every week. As well as special online crafting events, seasonal and holiday crafting too. 

See you soon,


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Sunday 16th of April 2023

What a cute pot! I could see these as a gift for teacher appreciation, hostesses etc


Tuesday 11th of April 2023

These are adorable! What a cute and clever idea...perfect to make with children too! Pinned!


Sunday 16th of April 2023

@Lynne, Those sweet hands in the photos are my daughters. Happy spring, Kippi

Anita Holland

Tuesday 11th of April 2023

Really cute pot, I love the thumbprint idea, very creative.


Sunday 16th of April 2023

@Anita Holland, the idea is from my daughter's kindergarten project. The hands in the photo are my daughter's. Happy spring, Kippi


Monday 10th of April 2023

That's the bees knees!!


Sunday 16th of April 2023

@Sara, thank you for stoping by today. Happy spring, Kippi

Tuesday 12th of July 2022


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