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.

Processed with VSCO with a8 preset

Related To:

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. 

Processed with VSCO with a9 preset

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

Keep Reading

Next Up

Turn Basic Tissue Paper Into a Party-Worthy Flower Cake Topper

You won't believe how easy and affordable it is to create these party or wedding-worthy blooms.

Make an Easy + Welcoming Spring Doormat

With this simple DIY doormat, you can shower guests with compliments all season long.

Terra-Cotta Tower: A Unique House Number Display

A planter and house number all in one, this simple DIY will have your guests and your postman drooling.

Dress Up Your Desktop + Phone With These Summer-Inspired Backgrounds

Take a mental vacay with our brand-new desktop and phone designs.

Try This Kids' Craft With an Adult Twist: DIY Perler Bead Drink Covers + Coasters

Remember Perler beads? They'll be the hit at your next summer party.

Picnic Prep: How to Dress Up Your Cooler

Make your next picnic pop with this colorful and customized cooler.

How to Make a Simple Picture Display Rail

Show off this summer's collection of postcards and photos with this easy woodworking project.

How to Make Colorful, Crayon-Dipped Citronella Candles

These stylish citronella candles are a triple threat — they’re pretty; they're functional; and they'll keep the mosquitoes away.

3 Creative Pumpkin Projects to Copy This Fall

Because pumpkins like to play dress up, too.

Milk-Painted Terra Cotta Pots

Decorate your reception tables with these easy-to-make milk-painted Terra Cotta pots. Use them as votive candles holders or to hold flowers.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.