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How to Paint and Seal Flower Pots

How to Paint and Seal Flower Pots

Spring is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about the garden.  These pretty painted pots are the perfect way to start an herb garden inside then transfer them outside when the threat of frost is gone.  Learn how to paint and seal flower pots and bring a little green into your home.

How to seal and protect painted flower pots

Painted flower pots are beautiful, to keep them looking good year after year it is important to seal them.  

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How and Why to Seal Painted Pots

Here is what I used to create these pretty flower pots

How to Paint and Seal Flower Pots paint supplies

Step 1:  Spray the clear gloss top coat to seal flower pots and let dry.  Be sure to follow the directions on the back of the can.  This prevents water and soil from seeping through the porous terracotta.  

This is my go-to clear protective top coat, click on the photo below to buy a can and protect your pots

How to Paint and Seal Flower Pots with glaze

Step 2:  Paint the pots using craft paint in a fun and colorful design.  I painted just the inside rim of my pots as well as the outside.  Let this dry.

Step 3:  Spray the entire pot with the clear gloss top coat to seal and let dry.  This final step helps seal the flower pots and keep any moisture inside the pot, not seeping through and cracking your paint.  

Water and naturally seep through a porous terracotta pot.  If that pot is painted, and not sealed, the moisture will crack the paint. When you seal flower pots you keep the moisture inside the pot and your paint in good condition. 

How to Paint and Seal Flower Pots

I’ll let these herbs grow in my kitchen until warmer days are here for good.  Then I will move them out to my deck for summer.  The clear gloss top coat protects my painted pots from the elements as well as natural seepage from the plants inside the pots.

I hope this inspires you to paint some pretty pots this Spring,  be sure to seal them to keep them looking good year after year.

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HRose

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Great instructions! I am using a Terra cotta pot and painting only the inside and outside rim. I’ve sealed the inside and outside rim leaving the rest of the pot natural. I painted it and now back to sealing using (each time) a paint on sealer. Would you think water could still seep in if the whole pot is not sealed?

Sarah

Monday 3rd of August 2020

There is a chance water from the outside could get in but this sounds like you have a good process, you are probably ok just sealing it as you have.

Irma

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Thank you for this idea, your plants and painted flower pot are inspiring.

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Thursday 31st of August 2017

Painting some pretty pots this Spring, be sure to seal them to keep them looking good year after year.

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Sam @ Raggedy Bits

Monday 27th of March 2017

So very cute!! What a great product!!