How to Decorate Flower Pots for Christmas


Flower pots seem to be abundant during the Christmas season, when people present gifts of poinsettia plants and Christmas cactuses, as well as miniature pine trees. Flower pots are also used as containers for seasonal floral arrangements, and as alternatives to traditional gift baskets as vessels for edible presents. While it is possible to purchase flower pots that are beautifully embellished in the spirit of the season, it is also both fun and easy to decorate flower pots yourself. With a bit of time and creativity, you can transform a plain flower pot into one that is perfect for Christmas.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pots
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Broken glass and pottery bits
  • Heavy-duty adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Paper images
  • Clear craft glue

Paint Flower Pots for Christmas

  • Decorate flower pots using acrylic craft paint and a paintbrush. Choose paint in a variety of vibrant colors, including red, green, white, deep blue and gold.

  • Paint Christmas-related images on the flower pots. Consider painting pots with the following: Christmas trees, ornaments, stars, bells, gingerbread men, crosses, holly, mistletoe, snowflakes, presents, Santa Claus and reindeer.

  • Embellish flower pots with painted-on words and phrases that relate to the holiday. Consider inscribing pots with the following: Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays, Joy to the World, Let it Snow and Jingle Bells. Experiment with different types of lettering, such as script and block letters.

Mosaic Flower Pots for Christmas

  • Use colorful bits of broken glass and pottery to make Christmas-inspired mosaics on the surfaces of flower pots. Apply a dab of heavy-duty adhesive to the back of each bit of broken glass or pottery. Press the bit of glass or pottery against the pot. Hold it in place for a few moments until it is secure.

  • Use broken glass and pottery to depict such images as Christmas trees, presents, stars, crosses, bells, ornaments and more.

  • Cover flower pots in all-red or all-green bits of broken glass or pottery for a simple, monochromatic mosaic in a Christmas-inspired color.

Decoupage Flower Pots for Christmas

  • Cut out photos, words, illustrations and other images from magazines using scissors. Choose images that relate to Christmas, such as snowmen, wrapped gifts and sleighs.

  • Apply a thin coat of clear craft adhesive to the surface of a flower pot with a paintbrush. Position the cut out images on the surface of the pot in any way you desire. You can cover the entire pot with images, or just place a few on it.

  • Paint another thin coat of clear craft adhesive over the cut out images using a paintbrush. Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • For the best results, consider decorating plain terra cotta pots with a cylindrical shape and a smooth surface.
  • Print images off your computer, including photos of friends and family members, onto standard printer paper. Cut out the images with scissors. Use them to decoupage flower pots to give to friends and family members for Christmas.
  • In addition to bits of broken glass, glue colorful beads and buttons onto the surface of a flower pot for a multifaceted mosaic.
  • For an alternative way to create a mosaic flower pot, coat the pot in white tile grouting and push the mosaic pieces into the grouting before it dries.
  • Use stencils when you decorate flower pots with paint if you don’t like to paint or write freehand.


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