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DIY Ombré Dipped Painted Flower Pot Design

Cheap terracotta flower pots are the perfect DIY supply to use for all sorts of projects. There are many different design ideas and ways to add your personality to your home decor. Learn how we dip-dyed our terracotta pots for an easy painted flower pot idea.

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This simple DIY pot painting tutorial can be done in 5 minutes or less (excluding dry time). The hardest part is waiting for your white paint to dry on the pots before you begin.

Ways To Get An Ombré or Watercolor Look

  • Paint: You could use variations of shades and tints from the same family and blend together on your painted pot.
  • Dye: Dip plain painted pots in the same color for different lengths or dip in different dilutions of the same dye to create a bigger ombré effect.

Before You Begin

  • Remove any stickers, grime, or dust. If there are any imperfections, they will show on your pot after you paint.
  • Clean your pots thoroughly. Depending on the condition of your old pots, you may need to scrub them first or possibly soak them in diluted vinegar.
  • Make sure the pots are completely dry before painting. Allow for a proper dry time before painting. You may want to consider letting them dry overnight if you scrubbed with soap and water.
  • Optional: Seal your pots with a waterproof sealer before painting. If using a primer you may be able to skip this step in order to allow your pots to breathe.
orange terracotta pot on concrete.

Recommended Supplies

  • White Paint (acrylic craft paint, latex paint or spray paint with primer built-in)
  • Dye: powdered or bottled in the color of your choice
  • Sealer Spray in the finish of your choice

How To Dye Painted Terracotta Pots

Step 1: Paint Flower Pots White (or the color of your choice)

Paint your flower pots white with spray paint, craft paint or latex paint.

hand holding spray paint can and painting terracotta pots.

White spray paint with primer gave us the smoothest finish and seemed to work the best when adding a base color for your pots. Don’t forget to flip your pot over to get it from different angles.

white terracotta pot flipped over with white spray paint on it.
painted white terracotta flower pot.

In our examples, we tested white gloss spray paint with primer, white acrylic paint, latex semi-gloss and turquoise craft paint

Step 2: Mix Light Color Dye In Water

You only need a container that is wide enough for your dipping. A bucket or reusable container may be the best to limit the amount of dye used.

hand wearing glove pouring powder blue dye into water.

Step 3: Dip The Pot In Quickly

For the lightest color on the pot, we dipped it in super fast and then slowly pulled it out.

painted flower pot being dipped into blue dyed water.

Step 4: Let Dry and Redip

Not going as high, redip the pot and hold a little longer. This worked okay, but if you also really want a darker color to add a little more dye each time you dip.

hand holding ombre dipped flower pot in front of dye.

Step 5: Repeat Until You Are Happy

Repeat the dipping and then add extra dye until you are happy with the outcome. Note that if you used semi-gloss or gloss paint, your colors are very subtle and you may not really notice a difference in the colors as the dye will have a hard time soaking into the surface.

hand holding dipped flower pot.

Regular craft paint seemed to absorb the color a little better.

turquoise painted mini pot being dipped in blue dye.

Step 6: Let Pots Fully Dry

If you have any extra drips, you may be able to clean up the pot before it fully dries with a wet paper towel.

painted flower pots drying on cardboard outside.

Optional: Seal Terracotta Pots After Painting

Once your pots are fully dry you want to use a spray sealer over the paint or this outdoor Mod Podge to protect your painted designs. Just note that the outdoor Mod Podge is very water resistant but not completely waterproof.

If you are brushing on the sealer, make sure that your dye has fully dried and will stay on. It may be better to spray to not chance of smearing your final dyed pot.

Tips and Other Ideas

  • You can dip your pot from different angles to get different ombré or watercolor looks.
  • Paint 1″ or 2″ of the inside of the pot white to complete your look. No need to paint the bottom or all of the inside.
  • Be careful when dipping to carefully get the extra dye out of the inside of your pot. You may need to rotate and be patient to let it drip out.
  • Your dyed pot will dry lighter.
the inside of painted terracotta pot after being dipped in blue dye.
See how the hand is rotating the pot to help get the dye out of the inside.

Which paint base coat worked best?

  • If you want a subtle color in the end, spray paint is your best option. We did not try matte spray paint with primer, but that would probably give you the smoothest finish while the brightest colors.
  • Craft paint will give you bright colors when dyed, but you can see the brushstrokes.
  • No matter what type of paint, we would stick to white as the base coat.
mini blue ombre terracotta plant pots with larger pots in the background.

In the picture above, you can see the small terracotta pot has a much richer color. This pot was only dipped once in the color and slowly brought out.

The mini pot was painted with white craft paint. The larger pots in the background are the spray-painted ones that were dipped in the same Royal Blue dye. Your outcome may vary depending on the base coat you use.

Tutorial FAQs

How do you dip dye pots?

To dye terracotta pots, mix the dye in a container and carefully dip in part of the pot. If you want brighter colors, you will want to paint your flower pot with white craft paint before dipping dye.

Do I have to paint the pot white beforehand?

No, the dye will work on the plain terracotta color, but it might not be as vibrant as you would like. dipped plain terracotta pot in blue dye.

Are there types of paints that shouldn’t be used on clay pots?

Watercolor or tempera paints will not adhere well to clay points nor will the finish last. Oil-based paints can work but will take a long time to dry.

Why would you not want to seal a clay pot before painting?

Sealing your clay pot will affect its breathability and you may risk overwatering your plant as your pot will retain moisture. However, if you don’t seal your painted pot, then your paint may not last as long.

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two terracotta flower pots with ombré purple dip on the bottom.

DIY Ombré Terracotta Pot

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Course: Crafts
Keyword: DIY painted flower pot design, how to dye terracotta pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes


  • Old Bucket or Container
  • Gloves
  • Stirrer old pencil, skewer or craft stick will do

Recommended Supplies

  • White Paint acrylic craft paint, latex paint or spray paint with primer built-in
  • Dye powdered or bottled in the color of your choice
  • Sealer Spray in the finish of your choice


Before You Begin

  • Clean your terracotta pot to be completely dust and grime free. It also should be completely dry before starting.

How To Dye Pot

  • Paint your terracotta pot white with acrylic craft paint, spray paint with primer built-in or latex paint. Matte paint will work best.
  • Mix your dye in your container. You can start with a light shade of the color first by only adding a little dye.
  • Dip your pot in as far as you want the color to show.
  • Add more dye to make it darker.
  • Dip the pot in again but not as high. Repeat the dye and dip steps until you are happy with the outcome.
  • Optional: Seal your pot with a shellac spray.


  • No matter what type of paint, we would stick to white as the base coat.
  • You do not have to get the ombre look. You can just dip and hold at different times for a more watercolor paint look.
  • You can dye terracotta pots without painting them white. Certain colors will work better than others. Just don’t expect the colors to be as vibrant.
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