Painted Succulent Pots

Flower and plant pots are expensive! Your know the ones.

I’d be willing to bet that they litter your Instagram feed, filled with lush hanging plants, succulents, and ivy.

These pots, the ones we envision populating our various urban jungles aren’t cheap. But, if like most millennials, you’re on a budget or have other places your hard-earned dollars need to go, splurging on that beautifully glazed, locally made pot you saw at the art fair probably isn’t realistic. That, however, doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream of splendid indoor plants!

Decorate basic terracotta pots to your own tastes! It’s a perfect way to save a few dollars and let your creative side shine; small pots are around $1-2/each and are just the right size for starting herbs and succulents.


  1. Buy a plain, terracotta pot.
  2. Choose your paint colors. I used acrylic paints we already had from another arts and crafts night.
  3. If you want a simple geometric design as shown above, layout with masking tape. If your design is more detailed or abstract, free-hand may be the better option. You can also free-hand geo designs, if you want, the tape just ensures clean lines.
  4. Paint your pot and let air dry. It shouldn’t take too long since the pots are slightly porous, but do make sure they’re fully dry before you begin planting!
  5. Fill with dirt and plant your chosen green baby.

Last month, The Washington Post explored why so many millennials are filling their homes with houseplants. In part, there’s been a growing interest in gardening among our generation, however, most of us live in urban environments or in homes with little-to-no space to achieve all our gardening goals. Enter indoor plants.

For me, keeping a few philodendrons, succulents and cacti help satisfy my desire to garden and hone my green thumb. We’ve maintained balcony gardens in the past, but no longer have a balcony. Soon, we’ll be adding herbs to our windowsills and shelves. I’d love to add a fiddle-leaf fig to a corner by the window and English ivy in the bathroom.

Even if gardening isn’t your interest, indoor plants add color, life and vibrancy to any space. Apartment dwellers can break up the monotonous white walls with splashes of green. Plus, they can help purify air and have been shown to improve mood, concentration and productivity.


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