With the summer entertaining season here, it’s time to spruce up the patio! Last year I created a painted pineapple terra cotta pot to plant succulents in. So when I spotted an amazing deal on some larger terra cotta pots and saucers, I knew what I wanted to make with them: DIY Fruit Terra Cotta Pots for my patio! Here’s how to paint a watermelon terra cotta pot, pineapple terra cotta pot, and strawberry terra cotta pot:
Aren’t they the cutest!? These are super easy to make in just a few hours.
Painting pots is super fun and easy but to make these even more special, I used a shimmery iridescent paint on top of basic acrylic craft paint. This makes the pots really pop in the summer sunlight!
I painted pots in various sizes with the same patterns to add more visual interest to my patio table. We recently had a party and everyone thought these pots were cheeky and cute.
Ready to paint your own? Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- terra cotta pot with saucer
- acrylic craft paint:
- pineapple: yellow, black, and cream with yellow iridescent paint (I used FolkArt Color Shift)
- watermelon: green with green iridescent paint
- strawberry: pink and cream with pink iridescent paint
- paint brushes
Paint each pot with a base coat of acrylic paint as follows, allowing them to dry for at least 1 hour between coats:
- pineapple: yellow
- strawberry: pink
- watermelon: green
You can paint the saucers to match the pots but I decided to keep the saucers their natural color.
To make the pineapple design, drag a round brush dipped in black paint in diagonal lines across the yellow pot. Add dots of cream paint in the center of each diamond formed by the black paint lines. Add a top coat of the iridescent yellow paint to the entire pot and allow to dry.
To make the watermelon design, paint wide stripes of iridescent green paint vertically around the entire green pot and allow to dry.
To make the strawberry seeds, dip a small round brush into cream paint and gently press the brush to the pink pot. Stagger the painted seeds to they look well distributed across the strawberry pot. Add a top coat of the iridescent pink paint to the entire pot and allow to dry.
Fill the pot with soil and add a leafy plant or succulent to the pot. Water and enjoy!
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