Turn a Terra Cotta Pot From Basic to Bold With White Paint, Tape + String

You're just a few materials and a few steps away from a modern, hanging succulent planter.

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By: Brandy Brown
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Update a simple terra cotta pot with modern accents that highlight your plantings. These chic touches will add low-maintenance charm to your home and provide indoor health benefits. Succulents are tough, beautiful, and have a variety of colors and textures to complement any style of decor. Even better? It comes together in minutes. 

What You'll Need

  • terra cotta pot
  • succulents of choice
  • cactus soil
  • scissors
  • spray paint
  • painter's tape
  • matte sealer
  • rope twine
  • metal or wooden ring
  • cup hook

Prep + Tape the Pot

Prepare a warm damp cloth and wipe pot until dust-free. Once dry, mask pot with tape in the desired design pattern.

Paint the Design

Set up spray paint in a well-ventilated environment, preferably outdoors. Holding the paint 5-8 inches from the pot, add thin, even coats. Terracotta is porous, so it will soak up the first coat of paint quickly. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding a second coat. Let dry completely and remove tape. Freehand additional designs with a paint pen. Finish with a matte sealer. 

Add Soil + Plants

Fill the pot with soil up to about a half an inch to the rim of your pot. Pack additional soil gently around and in between your plants. Select top-dressing that won't mix with your potting soil. Gravel, sea glass, marbles or river rocks work well. Water about once a week, keeping soil moist, not wet.

Add Twine Hanger 

Measure twine to the desired length. Cut 4 equal strands. Tie top and bottom together with a knot. Secure top knot with a metal ring. 

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Hang planter from cup hook in the ceiling, preferably by a window.

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