What Paint To Use On Outdoor Plant Pots

Use FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint or FolkArt Outdoor for flower pots that will be used outside. Use any of our high-quality acrylic paints, such as FolkArt Acrylics, Delta Ceramcoat, or Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, to decorate flower pots that will be kept indoors.

On outside pots, what sort of paint do you use?

Acrylic paint is the ideal type of paint to use on outdoor ceramic pots. Your plant pots can be painted with acrylic paint since it can be applied to practically any surface and the liquid paint is simple to use by hand. Acrylic pens are a terrific choice for hand-drawing your designs like you would a picture if you want minimum clutter and exquisite detailing.

Spray acrylic is a terrific alternative and even simpler to use if you only want to paint your pot a specific color, provided you do it outside or in a well-ventilated area.

Epoxy paint is a more durable alternative that will give your pot a more “glazed” appearance if you prefer a more glossy finish and don’t mind spending a little extra money.

What type of paint do you use on clay pots outside?

Make sure you paint your terracotta pots correctly the first time around. In this method, your gorgeous paint work will last and you won’t have to redo your pots after a few months. You’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful containers for many years to come with the appropriate kind of paint.

The most common type of paint used to decorate terracotta pots is acrylic. Due to its high pigment content, you won’t need to apply many coats of paint to experience vibrant colors. Since acrylic paint frequently has a thick consistency, painting designs with it is perfect because you won’t have to worry about your paint leaking or running down the edge of your pot.

Your neighborhood art supply or craft store likely carries a large selection of hues of acrylic paint. There should be an acrylic paint to meet your preferences, whether you’re searching for a pastel color, a metallic finish, or something with a little glitter.

Additionally, acrylic paint is frequently pretty affordable, so you won’t have to spend a fortune to add some flair to your succulent garden. Plan ahead if you intend to paint a lot of terracotta pots because you might need to purchase several different paint bottles or tubes.

You might also consider using latex paint to paint your terracotta pots. Typically, latex paint is used to paint homes, both inside and out. It is possible to guarantee that your artwork will remain in place regardless of the weather by using latex paint designed for outdoor use.

The color and finish options for latex paint are almost as infinite as those for acrylic. It ought to be available at your neighborhood home improvement retailer. Although you’ll probably have to buy more paint at once than you would with acrylics, latex paint is likewise reasonably priced. A can of paint might be the best option, though, if you intend to paint more than a few pots.

What kind of paint can I use to decorate planters?

I’m not sure if there is a single kind of paint that is regarded as the finest to use on clay pots.

According to my experience, terracotta pots work well with both acrylic and spray paint. I’ll be using acrylic craft paint to decorate terracotta pots for this project.

However, I’ve also put spray paint on clay pots before, and it also works wonderfully. Use any paint you have on hand or the kind that you prefer to use.

How are outdoor pots painted?

Although I adore terracotta, I believe that too much of it might become repetitive. Terra-cotta pots may be aged in a variety of ways. I’ve painted them, which gives me fast gratification, or I’ve sprayed them with a buttermilk and moss solution to encourage moss growth. Years ago, while working in a craft shop and nursery, I began painting clay pots. It is a simple, low-cost way to spruce up the garden and a considerate way to customize a plant gift.

The process of creating the designs is my favorite aspect of painting pots. I’ve gotten ideas for my pots from the people, things, and places around me, and over the years, I’ve formed a few design principles for myself. For instance, unless I have a specific look in mind when the pot is combined with a plant, I typically steer clear of the color green. I’ve discovered that a green pot typically either contrasts with or detracts from a plant’s foliage. Additionally, on a pot used for a floor plant or huge container planting, really small, delicate motifs will be obscured. I save those patterns for a pot that will be viewed from the side.

A design that I particularly like is inspired by the night sky. It’s enigmatic, fascinating, and works well with practically any plant. Another style that I adore is modeled after vintage gold-leaf picture frames. I adore how the red base color peeks through the overlaying layers of gold. I occasionally use a top coat of black paint instead of gold and scratch away some of the top layer to reveal the red underneath for variety. A thin splash of color that allows the terra-cotta to peek through can make a pot shine when I want a really straightforward treatment.

The design options for painting pots are virtually limitless. Even when used outside, the pots last for years with only minor fading. Bring them inside when it gets chilly though because they won’t survive below freezing.

Supplies you’ll need

  • pristine terra cotta pots
  • craft acrylic paints in a variety of hues
  • Medium or little foam brushes
  • Pliable plates
  • fabric swabs
  • little paintbrush for artists
  • Metal brush
  • acrylic spray in clear

Start by prepping the pot

After soaking the pot in warm water for up to an hour, scrape it with a harsh brush to remove price tags and stickers. Before painting, let the pot thoroughly dry.

Next, apply the base coat

Place the base coat’s paint on a plastic plate and, if necessary, modify the color with other hues. To make it simpler to coat the pot uniformly, thinning the paint with a little bit of water will help. Using a foam brush, spread the paint around the pot in broad strokes. Paint the pot’s top down about an inch, but leave the bottom unpainted so that drainage is as good as possible. A lot of paint will be absorbed by the pot. If necessary, add more coats, letting the pot dry in between, until the desired color depth is reached.

Acrylic paint is water resistant.

It does not offer a waterproof coat, notwithstanding the possibility that it is just marginally water-resistant. Over the acrylic paint, add a sealant to make it weatherproof. In order to achieve better results, the sort of surface you are painting might need to be prepared.

Does rain wash acrylic paint away? Rain will undoubtedly wreck it because the paint is neither waterproof nor even moderately water resistant. The rain can wipe away acrylic paint if you haven’t given the surface any care and it’s still wet. Although the cured paint is only somewhat water resistant, it will ultimately begin to flake or peel off.

The best course of action is to apply many coats of varnish to ensure that your job is complete and durable.

Which paint works best on terracotta pots?

There are a ton of various ways to paint terracotta pots, so I’ll just tell you what I’ve done and how well it worked. I frequently use DecoArt paints because I adore them. Please contact me if you have any queries as this is not an exhaustive list.

Acrylic Indoor Paint With or Without a Varnish

I heartily endorse DecoArt’s Americana Acrylics, which provide lovely matte finishes and 257 different colours (and can be mixed). All three of the pots for this post were painted using these colors. Beautiful flat, matte finish.

These work on indoor terracotta pots whether or not they are varnished. Although I don’t use a varnish, I do use Thompson’s Waterseal as a base coat. However, you are free to add varnish if you desire. DecoArt offers a lot of excellent options.

These can be washed with soap and water while they’re still wet because they’re water-based. This applies to the brushes and any surface you might unintentionally get paint on.

Acrylic Paint Suitable for Outdoor Use

These paints are only more durable for outdoor use and don’t need a varnish like indoor matte acrylic paints need, therefore they can still be used for inside pots. Excellent options are Patio Paint Outdoor Weather-Resistant Acrylics and Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics from DecoArt.

The Multi-Surface Satin acrylics offer a nice satin finish and may be used both inside and outside (kind of an eggshell look on some surfaces, in my opinion). These seal themselves and don’t need a varnish or primer. But because terracotta is so porous, I still prefer to use the Waterseal. The specs of Patio Paint are fairly similar. Both are excellent choices.

Is acrylic paint removable?

If you catch acrylic paint on clothing while it’s still wet or before exposure to heat, it won’t stay there forever. The acrylic paint will heat up after washing and drying and be quite challenging to remove. This is why many fabric artists employ heat to permanently etch acrylic artwork onto cloth.

Acrylic paint is not waterproof until a specific sealant is placed on top of it, despite the fact that it is water-resistant when dry and won’t wash out of fabric easily. This is why you wouldn’t want to go outside in the rain wearing an untreated fabric-art jacket!

In an acrylic polymer emulsion, pigment is suspended in acrylic paint. Despite the fact that the paint is essentially plastic, when it is wet it is water-soluble and doesn’t turn plasticky and water-resistant until it dries. Additionally, it dries really fast.

Although the first acrylic paint was created in the 1940s, it wasn’t until the middle of the 1960s that this medium was made commercially accessible to artists. There is no other media that has the versatility that acrylic paints do. Acrylic paints can be made to resemble oil or watercolor paints by adding various ingredients. Additionally, you may use this paint on a variety of media, including wood, canvas, and fabric.

Additionally, acrylic paints frequently cost far less than oils or watercolors. Acrylic paint is a popular choice for everything from kid crafts to gallery artworks for all of the above reasons!

In textile crafts like painting a t-shirt, acrylic paints can frequently be used in place of fabric paint. Almost any type of fabric, including synthetics, can be worked with acrylics. Many types of conventional fabric paint are only effective on organic fibres like cotton.

Can plastic flower pots be painted?

You must apply paint designed for plastic. You must also select paint suitable for outdoor use if you plan to use them outside. Thankfully, Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer works well for both. This spray paint is available in a range of hues and sheens, and it adheres to many materials like plastic, wood, and metal. It can be used both inside and outside.

Terracotta pots may be painted using masonry paint.

The best masonry paint has fewer colors, although there are more options now, and sample pots are available. To seal the terracotta, I’ve used regular emulsion over a layer of PVA glue, but after a few years of being exposed to a lot of rain, it does start to wear out.

How are concrete pots painted?

The successful recipe for a container includes thriller, filler, and spiller, which you have surely heard before. For the thriller, you’ll need a centrally located knockout plant or plants (we used a single purple salvia surrounded by a pair of Persian shield plants), filler plants that fill in to give the planter a lush appearance (we used pale purple lantana), and a spiller, or a trailing plant, that will spill over the edge of the container (we used lobelia). Set the nursery pots on top of the newly added layer of potting soil and arrange them until you are satisfied with their location, making sure to give each plant a little extra room for movement to accommodate future growth.

How are outdoor plastic flower pots painted?

Various techniques can be applied. I already mentioned spray paint, chalk paint, and markers.

Whatever type of paint you use to color your flower pots, the most crucial step is to prepare and seal it at the end. It will shield the environment from your new invention.

My go-to advice is:

  • Use soap and water to wash the pot.
  • Dry it out.
  • Apply fine-grit sandpaper to the pot’s outside and lightly sand it.
  • Use a moist towel to wipe the planter to get rid of all the dust.
  • Paint with your preferred color.
  • Dry the pots out.
  • Protect your garden pot paint by using a sealer.
  • The next day, let it dry.

Can acrylic paint be used to decorate plastic flower pots?

For a variety of indoor and outdoor plants, plastic plant pots offer practical and affordable containers. Although these plastic pots are inexpensive, they frequently lack beautiful shapes and aesthetics to complement your potted plants. Paint your plain plastic pots in the colors and patterns you like to add creativity and decor. There are formulations in several more recent spray paint solutions designed specifically to stick to plastic surfaces.

To shield your work surface, spread on a thick layer of newspaper. Pick a place to work that has sufficient ventilation; outside is ideal.

With the old rag, lightly coat the exterior surfaces of the plastic pot with paint thinner to prepare them for painting. Ensure that the plastic pot dries thoroughly.

  • For a variety of indoor and outdoor plants, plastic plant pots offer practical and affordable containers.
  • With the old rag, lightly coat the exterior surfaces of the plastic pot with paint thinner to prepare them for painting.

Onto the exterior of the pot, squirt the base color of paint. Apply the paint evenly to all surfaces while keeping the spray can 8 to 10 inches away from the pot surface. Apply one or two more coats of the base color when the paint has completely dried. Before moving on, let the base paint completely dry.

Spray the base color down past the level where the potting soil will be in the container on the interior top surface as well.

Use the acrylic paint to create a pattern or design on the plastic pot. Apply the paint with either thin or large brushes and a choice of colors that you like. To decorate the plastic pots, you can either paint flowers or geometric shapes on them or just add swirls of different colored paint. Your pots can have as many or as few accent designs as you like.

  • Onto the exterior of the pot, squirt the base color of paint.
  • Apply one or two more coats of the base color when the paint has completely dried.

Give the paint time to thoroughly dry. Some spray paints may require up to a week to cure before becoming weather- and scratch-resistant.