DIY – Painted Planters and Transplanting Succulents

Recently, I decided that it would be nice to have some greenery at home. I don’t really have a green thumb, so I thought that it would be better to get some sturdy plants. I opted for succulents. Following the advice of Gabby from First & Warren, I went to the Home Depot where I got three tiny succulents and some terracotta planters to transplant them into.

DIY Painted Planters

As much as I like terracotta, I thought it would be more fun to paint the planters. I bought some acrylic paint. The advantage with acrylic is that once it dries it is waterproof.


What you will need:

  • Plants (in this case succulents)
  • Terracotta planters
  • Dirt (I bought one that was specifically for cacti and succulents)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Various brushes (depending on the motif you want to make)


Phase 1: Painting the Planters


I started with a white base coat. You don’t necessarily have to, but in my case, I was going for a white background anyway. If you want to have the natural Terracota color in the background, you can skip this step.

Planters primer

Once the the white base coat was dry I proceeded to add the colors. I was careful to let each color dry before adding another one so they wouldn’t mix together.

Planters DIY Finish



Phase 2: Transplanting

Planters DIY Plants


First you need to add some dirt at the bottom of your planters, then you take the plant off its old plastic planter. In this step you need to be careful to also take the roots and the dirt around the roots. Put the plant in its new planter and fill the empty space with more dirt.

Planters DIY



Once the plant is not loose in the new planter, you’re done! Now you only have to water it regularly and make sure it doesn’t die!

Transplanting DIY Finish


What are your favorite plants for indoor or outdoor? Tweet me or Instagram me your painted planters using #TinyTDIY

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