Painted Terra Cotta Pots: Seedling Packets

Published July 19, 2012

If you know a good friend that loves to plant from seedlings then this little hostess gift idea is for you.

Simple terra cotta pots may be transformed quickly and beautifully with a little planning and creativity. You will find seedling packets on many hardware and garden store shelves at the moment.

Be sure to check the packet for information on the type of seed you are purchasing and whether it is recommended to start inside and plant outside later. In addition, check the expiry date of the seed packet.



  • 2-3 seedling packets
  • 2 different sizes of Terra Cotta Pots with lids (available at Michaels and Nurseries)
  • Raffia or ribbon
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Pretty tags


Lay out 2 or 3 sheets of newspaper to get started. Paint your terra cotta pots in one solid or two complimentary colours and let dry overnight. Paint the pots in stripes or polka dots for a fun effect.

Once the paint is dry fill the containers with the seedling packets and place the lid on top. Tie off the pot with the raffia or ribbon and attach the recipient’s nametag.

These pots are great for starting off the seedlings inside on a window ledge before planting in larger pots or the garden later as the weather warms.

If you know the colour of the recipient’s kitchen, it’s always nice to paint the pot in a coordinating colour for their kitchen window ledge.