Painted Pots

Published July 20, 2012

When the weather turns warm, entertaining season is usually in full force. It’s always nice to show your appreciation to your host with a hostess gift. You don’t have to break the bank on an expensive bottle of wine or large bouquet of flowers. Sometimes just a little creativity can go a long way.

Hand painted terra cotta pots filled with seedlings is a wonderful gift- especially if they are avid gardeners.

Simple terracotta pots can be painted in solid patterns or stylish designs for any kitchen windowsill or for the garden deck. Top them off with a matching lid and tie with raffia and you are left with a clever container to fill with seedlings that can be planted in the pot or alternatively in the garden.



  • Small terra cotta pots with miniature trays
  • Acrylic Paints (available at craft stores)
  • Paintbrush
  • Small packets of seedlings (available at Garden Centers)
  • Colored raffia or coordinating ribbon
  • Decorative tags (available at Drug Stores and Stationary Stores)
  • Newspaper


Lay your newspaper out on a workspace that can accommodate two or three pots with trays.

Carefully clean your terra cotta pots of any dirt, dust or residue that may interfere with the application of the paint.

If you’re planning to use a stencil, pencil in the design on the pot first before painting. Otherwise apply two coats of paint to the pots.

To protect the paint, it’s a good idea to apply a think coat of clear matte varnish. Let dry.

Once the pot is dry, fill it with one to four packets of seedlings that the recipient may want to use in their garden or plant in your pot.

Finish with some raffia and tie off with a colourful tag.

The best gift ideas are the ones that display your creativity and in the end, they are certainly the most appreciated.