Every summer I’m so eager to finally expand my living room out onto our patio and to start living outdoors that before even the weather is warm enough I have everything planned..including new plants and planters. Because every summer I feel like redecorating our outdoor space or at lest adding more flowers and new accessories. And the easiest and least expensive way to do so, is by painting planters!

And you don’t need to be an artist to upgrade your old planters. I’m not a real artist, but it doesn’t really matter, because this trick here is so easy that even a toddler can pull it off.

It’s actually my favorite way of adding some interest to the outdoors. Even a simple basil plant that you can get at a grocery store will look great in a pretty, European inspired plant pot! So don’t worry if you don’t have a greet thumb: just buy some herbs while doing your groceries and put them in these painted pretty pots!

You can use terracotta pots as I did, or simple plastic planters, they’ll both work very well!

  • Planters
  • Paint (can be even leftover wall paint)
  1. First things first! Clean the dirt off all of your planters.. and if you have been using them already make sure they are no oily stains as that may prevent the paint from covering your planter evenly. Now let them dry. Next, dip the part that you’d like painted directly in the paint can, and shake off any excess of paint. Dip again, if you find that the coverage isn’t even, and shake off the excess paint some more.
  2. Let it dry through fully before planting flowers. (Tip* You can also “double dip” your planters, for a colorful effect. Simply wait until your first layer of paint has dried, and then dip your planter in a different paint color, leaving a stripe of the first color untouched.)

Paint dipped planters are great for kids too: just make sure that you have secured the painting site really well as there will be paint everywhere! But kids will really love making these and they’ll feel so proud seeing their own creations being used for herbs on your patio! I think it’s worth it to give it a try!

So next time you’re wondering how to add a bit of whimsy and color to your patio, try dip-painting plant pots!

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