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Rainbow Painted Flower Pots for Kids or Adults

Use a variety of colors to make painted flower pots with rainbow ombre awesomeness! Both children and adults alike will love this easy craft. So fun!

Skills Required: None. You don’t need any previous crafting experience to paint these terra cotta pots. The abstract method is easy for crafters of all levels and ages.

Rainbow Painted Flower Pots for Kids or Adults

I’ll confess, I’m no professional gardener. So when I came across two cute little yellow flower pots in the dollar bin at my favorite store, I couldn’t pass them up. However years of use turned the yellow a little bit dingy.

I set them aside for a long time, not sure how to spice them up. Then the idea hit me like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow . . . ombre! Rainbow ombre, that is.

Painted Flower Pots

There are a lot of ways to paint flower pots, but this one brings a little something special: you don’t need any prior crafting skills to make them. They’re a great Mother’s Day craft for kids . . . paint the pots and add some flowers for the perfect gift for mom! They’re also a great summer craft or boredom buster for kids of all ages. Put the littles outside so you can spray them off.

I guess technically there is a second something special about this craft, which is that you can customize the colors to any palette that you like. This is a nice option if you are wanting to keep these inside, and would like the painted flower pots to match your decor.

Let’s jump into making these cuties!

Various colors of craftsmart paint with a yellow painted flower pot

Flower Pot Decorating for Kids

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Multi-surface acrylic paints, assorted colors
  • Square brush
  • Spray or brush on sealant (optional)
Painting a terra cotta pot with yellow paint using a paint brush
Orange stripe and pink painted stripe on a terra cotta pot

I started with yellow at the top because while I really did like the original color of the pots, they were old and dirty. So I knew I’d be painting yellow over the yellow 😀

Start by planning your painted flower pots. Take the paint colors and arrange them to match (as best as you can) the colors of a rainbow.

Then use your brush to add a very thick layer of painted stripes to the pot, one right on top of the other.

Painting a blue stripe on a rainbow pot
Blending lines on your terra cotta surface using a brush

Clean your brush and then make sure the paint is still wet. Use the brush to go over the line where both colors meet, lightly stroking each color within the other.

The bottom of four paint bottles and a painted pot with a paintbrush

It’s okay if it’s not a perfect line. I really love the abstract look. Allow to dry for at least an hour.

Painted rainbow plant pots
Painted plant pot with a succulent inside

Fill the painted flower pots up with cute little succulent plants or fresh herbs. If you are using the pots outside, spray with an outdoor acrylic sealant (you can also use a brush on).

Rainbow flower pots with succulents inside
Yield: 2 pots

Painted Flower Pots

Rainbow Painted Flower Pots for Kids or Adults

Try flower pot painting using this simple tutorial! A perfect craft idea for spring.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Acrylic paint - various colors

Tools

  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Plan your paint colors.
  2. Basecoat your pot with a single color and let dry.
  3. Use your brush to add a very thick layer of painted stripes to the pot, one right on top of the other.
  4. Clean your brush and then make sure the paint is still wet. Use the brush to go over the line where both colors meet, lightly stroking each color within the other to soften the line.
  5. Allow to dry for at least an hour before planting.

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