Hey guys! I’m excited to be sharing with you an absolutely gorgeous DIY made by lovely Lucy, you’ll know her as my maker in arms over at Spell (we made that cutlery holder!), and the creative mind behind all the stunning Spell spaces. Today she’s going to share with us a very simple and sweet DIY for painting your own pots. Take it away Lucy!
This summer my plants really thrived in the humid Byron weather, and it was time to rehome them into bigger pots with more space for their roots to spread out and grow. I really wanted to add some pops of colour but couldn’t find pots in the pastel hues I was after, so decided to do this simple DIY. I absolutely love the result and can’t wait to paint some more designs in the coming weeks!
I already had lots of plants that had flourished but if you don’t simply head to your local nursery and choose something to suit your home. If you don’t have much experience in indoor plants, speak to the staff at the nursery (I’ve found they are so helpful and knowledgeable at most nurseries) about which type of plant will suit your environment – this is so important if you want your plant babies to flourish!
What you’ll need:
- Paints (I used Matisse Flow Paints in Skin Tone Light, Naples Yellow Light, Raw Sienna, Yellow Mid)
- Paint brush
- Jars + water to wash brushes
- Scrap paper
For the pots I took a trip to The Borrowed Nursery on the Gold Coast, and chose a simple minimal shape. Most non glazed pots will work for this project – and don’t worry if the colour isn’t right because you can simply paint it white (or whatever base you’d like to start with!).
Paint your pot white, or whatever base colour you would like (a buttery yellow, or pale peach would be so beautiful!). I gave mine two coats and let it dry overnight.
Practice playing with different shapes and mixing colours on some scrap paper. Find objects around your home and nature that inspire you and start there. I had an offcut of my Monstera Deliciosa (plant) so traced the outline with a pencil and coloured it in with paints. Put on some music and let yourself get creative – you can’t go wrong!
Once you’ve decided on a design I would recommend drawing it on with a light pencil to space it evenly. For my moon cycle I started with the full moon in the middle and worked my way out from there doing one moon on the left and then one on the right until the whole design was complete.
Paint your pot. You could do all the moons in one colour, fade them out from a dark shade to a lighter shade, or rotate the colours like I did in mine, using a combination of Rust, Blush, and Yellow. Again I started in the middle with the full moon and worked my way out.
Once dry put your plant in it’s new home and watch it thrive!
Thank you gorgeous Lucy for this lovely project, I can’t wait to paint a few of my own soon! Make sure to head over to Lucy’s Instagram for more beautiful projects and inspired spaces.