How to Embellish Plastic Flower Pots


Whether you are looking for a garden-based kid's craft or just want to improve the appearance of a cheap plastic flower pot, it isn't difficult to embellish them. Unlike clay and metal, items glued to plastic usually stay put. Paint is also an option and with proper treatment is not as likely to chip of a plastic pot as it would be with a clay pot. Decorate flower pots for your own use or in a theme appropriate for a birthday gift or other event.

Step 1

Tape a stencil to the sides of the flower pot. Paint the stencil onto the pot by dabbing it with a sponge-tipped stencil brush dipped in acrylic paint. Alternately, free-hand a design on the pot with acrylic paint. Let the paint dry for at least one hour.

Step 2

Glue small pebbles, glass beads or pieces of mosaic tile to the pot. Arrange the pieces in the desired design first, then glue them on one-by-one with tile glue. Squeeze a bead of white caulk between the pebbles or tiles if you desire a true mosaic look, then allow the glue to dry overnight.

Step 3

Decoupage the pot with seed packets or other decorative elements. Coat the pot in a decoupage glue then smooth the pieces of paper on top of the glue. Coat over the paper with another layer of decoupage glue and let it dry overnight.

Step 4

Spray a protective clear enamel over the entire pot after either painting or decoupaging. This prevents the elements from causing the paint or glue to peel.

Step 5

Cut a length of ribbon--plastic, cloth or raffia--long enough to wrap around the pot rim at least two times. Wrap it around the rim once all other decorating elements are done. Tie in a large bow and secure the knot with a dot of hot glue.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not cover up the drainage holes on the bottom of the pot when you are decorating it. These are necessary for healthy plant growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pots
  • Stencil
  • Tape
  • Stencil brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pebbles, beads or mosaic tiles
  • Tile glue
  • Caulk
  • Decorative paper
  • Decoupage glue
  • Spray enamel
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue


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About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.