How to Paint Ceramic Flower Pots

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Personalize your own ceramic flower pot.
Personalize your own ceramic flower pot. (Image: flower pot image by leprechaun from Fotolia.com)

Ceramic flower pots can make an attractive addition to anyone's home or outdoor living space. Pots that are painted by the manufacturer can be purchased at many home improvement stores or gardening centers, but some of these can have a lofty price tag. Save money and find a time-consuming new hobby at the same time by painting ceramic flower pots in your home. Plain ceramic pots and the supplies required to paint them can be purchased at craft stores for a fraction of the price of pre-painted ceramic flower pots.

Things You'll Need

  • Ceramic flower pot
  • Newspaper
  • Chisel
  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • High-adhesion acrylic primer
  • Pencil
  • Stencil
  • High-quality acrylic paint
  • Acrylic gloss

Spread newspaper over your work area. This will ensure that a table or any other flat surface will not be covered with paint.

Use a chisel to remove any seams or lines on the ceramic flower pot that were created by the mold. This will ensure that the paint adheres more smoothly to the piece.

Clean the surface of the flower pot with a cloth that has been soaked in plain water. This will remove any dust or dirt from the ceramic pot, which will help the paint adhere more effectively. Allow the pot to dry.

Apply a high-adhesion acrylic primer to the entire pot with a paintbrush. This will ensure that the paint adheres to the pot and will help the color appear more vibrant. Allow the primer to dry completely and apply a second coat, if desired.

Draw a design onto the pot, if desired, with a pencil. This design can be drawn freehand, or if you are not the artistic type, use a stencil. You can also keep the pot simple and just paint it a single color.

Apply a thin coat of high-quality acrylic paint to the entire piece if no design has been applied. This can be accomplished with any size brush desired. Allow this coat to dry and apply a second coat. Allow this second coat of paint to dry and apply a third.

Paint any designs that were placed onto the ceramic flower pot. Use smaller brushes if the design is intricate. Allow this coat of paint to dry and apply a second coat. Allow this second coat to dry and apply a third.

Allow the entire ceramic pot to dry.

Apply a thin coat of acrylic gloss to the entire pot with a paintbrush. This will not only give the ceramic flower pot a finished shine, it will also protect the paint. Allow the first coat of acrylic glaze to dry and apply a second coat.

Allow the piece to dry before placing any flower arrangements in it.

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