How to Make Marbled Terra Cotta Pots

Try out this quick and easy technique to make chic, marbled planters — and much more!

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Materials Needed

  • 6 inch terra cotta pots
  • white spray paint
  • dropcloth
  • two nail polish colors
  • disposable bowl filled with lukewarm water
  • toothpick
  • clear acrylic spray paint
  • disposable gloves

Spray Paint Pots

In a well ventilated area, spray paint the terra cotta pots inside and out with white spray paint in thin, even strokes. Let dry overnight.

Drizzle Nail Polish

Fill a disposable bowl or a container you don't care about staining with lukewarm water. Tip: Make sure the bowl or container is wide enough to allow twisting the pot.

Choose two colors to pour in, starting with the lightest color first. Pour close to the surface of the water to prevent the polish from sinking to the bottom.

Swirl Colors

Once you are finished adding the two polish colors, take a toothpick and swirl the colors together to create the marbled effect.

Dip the Pot

Quickly dip the pot and twist into the bowl before the nail polish has a chance to dry. Use disposable gloves in this process as it can get messy. 

Place on a dropcloth and allow to dry overnight. Finish with clear acrylic spray paint to seal.

Showcase Planters

Display the pots on a bookshelf, on the front porch or sunroom. They make great gift baskets and storage for office supplies, too!

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