Drip Paint Pots

Have you seen those drip paint pots out there and wondered how to make one? Such a pretty clay pot craft that’s awesome for both kids and adults

little boy holding a pot of flowers

Why this project is a hit

First of all, how fun! Kids and adults alike will enjoy creating without the need for any painting expertise or talent.

These pretty drip pots are useful too. They are perfect for children to make as gifts for grandparents, but also makes a great project for seniors!

two drip painted pots with flowers on stairs

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • We recommend using a combination of acrylic paints and a sealer, or if you want to keep your pots outside, go with Patio Paint, which is specifically formulated for the outdoors.
  • The trick here is to not squeeze too much paint out at once so you don’t end up with a big blob of muddled shades. Use small amounts because you can always add more, but can’t take any away.
  • Be certain you use something to elevate the pot so that the rim is not touching the work surface. If you place the pot right on the work surface, the paint will gather around the rim and dry there, causing a messy looking jagged rim. We used a jar to hold our pot, which allowed the paint to drip off onto the protected work surface.
  • You can use your decorated pot to hold office supplies, bookmarks, crayons, scrunchies, bracelets, or anything else you can think of!
  • Important Note – if you allow water to sit in the tray after watering your plant, it can soften the paint around the bottom of the pot and cause it to peel. 

drip painted pot filled with crayons

Craft supplies you will need:

HINT – you can print the full supply list and instructions below!

Helpful Project Information:

  • Age Level: 5 and up – smaller children may need help
  • Mess Factor: Medium – paint
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 20 minutes active, 24-48 hours dry time
  • Cost Estimate: Less than $2.50

How to Make Drip Paint Pots

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

Preparation

  1. Start by covering a large work surface with 2-3 layers of newspaper, or line with a disposable plastic tablecloth.

clay pot with blue tape over bottom hole

  1. Cover the hole in the bottom of the pot using painter’s tape. This will keep the paint from dripping through.

Decorating Your Pot

child painting rim of terra cotta pot with white paint

  1. Paint the outside of the terra cotta pot with white paint, including the rim. Do not paint the inside of the pot.

child holding paint bottle with painted pot turned upside down on a jar

  1. When white paint is dry, place the pot upside down onto a jar or similar cylindrical object to keep the pot suspended.

child squeezing pink paint only the bottom of a white potpink paint dripping down pot

  1. Choose a color of paint to start with. Squeeze enough of that color onto the bottom of the pot, enough to cover the bottom so that it begins dripping over.

child squeezing yellow paint over pink paintchild squeezing green paint over yellow and pink paint

  1. Next, squeeze the second and any additional colors slow and sparingly in the areas you want those colors to drip down. The rest is up to you! Use as little or as much as you want, and as few or as many colors you want.
  2. Now you have to be patient and wait. It can take anywhere from 24-72 hours to dry, depending on how much paint you used.

When the Pot is Dry

  1. If you will be planting any live plants in your pot, be sure to use a skewer, fork or knife to poke a hole through the paint and the painters tape. This will allow for drainage as the original pot intended.

Optional

You can paint a terra cotta trap to go with your pot!

child scooping potting soil into a pot

Making drip paint pots is a fun garden craft for kids and perfect for the outdoors. Adults will love this project too!

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little boy holding drip paint pot

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Drip Paint Pots

Using beautiful colors of your choice, you can create stunning drip painted clay pots that are fun for everyone.

Prep Time5 mins

Crafting Time20 mins

Dry Time2 d

Total Time2 d 25 mins

Age Group: Adult Crafts

Project Type: Spring

Makes: 1 pot

Supplies

  • Terra cotta pot
  • Acrylic craft paint or Patio Paint in white and your choice of colors
  • Clear outdoor sealer (if keeping pot outdoors)

Craft tools

Instructions

Preparation

  • Start by covering a large work surface with 2-3 layers of newspaper, or line with a disposable plastic tablecloth.

  • Cover the hole in the bottom of the pot using painter’s tape. This will keep the paint from dripping through.

Decorating Your Pot

When the Pot is Dry

  • If you will be planting any live plants in your pot, be sure to use a skewer, fork or knife to poke a hole through the paint and the painters tape. This will allow for drainage as the original pot intended.

Notes

  • We recommend using a combination of acrylic paints and a sealer, or if you want to keep your pots outside, go with Patio Paint, which is specifically formulated for the outdoors.
  • The trick here is to not squeeze too much paint out at once so you don’t end up with a big blob of muddled shades. Use small amounts because you can always add more, but can’t take any away.
  • Be certain you use something to elevate the pot so that the rim is not touching the work surface. If you place the pot right on the work surface, the paint will gather around the rim and dry there, causing a messy look, jagged rim. We used a jar to place our pot onto, which allowed the paint to drip off onto the protected work surface.
  • Important Note – if you allow water to sit in the tray after watering your plant, it can soften the paint around the bottom of the pot and cause it to peel. 
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