Do you have old terracotta flower pots that need updating? We hate paying the price for cool, larger and modern pots! Learn how to get a marble effect using spray paint on flower pots with our tutorial.
We had been searching for fun DIY planter ideas for our new deck that wouldn’t break the bank. Creating DIY marble flower pots is the perfect budget-friendly DIY project.
How hard is it to do spray paint marbling?
Honestly, this was one of our fastest and easiest DIY projects to date. It is super fun to let the supplies work for you. If you are nervous, you can always experiment with different marbling techniques on smaller objects first.
How much did this project cost?
My TWO terracotta marbleized pots only cost around $6 each to make. This was because I had some leftover spray paint colors from previous DIY projects.
What is hydro dipping?
Technically this technique I am sharing has a name called hydro dipping or watermarbling. Hydro dipping is when you transfer paint from the surface of water onto an object.
In this case, we are spraying spray paint on the water to create a fun design and dipping our flower pot into it to print on the surface.
The fun part about spray paint marbling is that you can do this technique on more than just painted flower pots. We really hope to try this soon on large plastic planters and think it will really work.
Read more>>>Simple flower painting ideas that just use black and white paint.
Surfaces You Can Marble
There are many items you can choose to marble and we have tried a lot of them. Consider using this painting technique on a variety of the following surfaces.
- Glass:old jars, cups and vases
- Ceramic:mugs, cups, decorative plates, vases and more
- Terracotta or Clay:spraying a base coat first will help like we did in this tutorial
- Metal: old trays and signs would look amazing
- Paper: decorative cards, bookmarks and more
- Plastic Containers: give those Dollar Store containers a fresh look
Just be careful if you want an item to be food safe. I would not spray paint to be anywhere near where food or your lips would touch.
- Our favorite modern-looking pots or any terracotta pot
- White Spray Paint (I highly recommend this one with a primer in it)
- At least two different colored spray paints
- Large box & garbage bag (or large plastic bin)
- Packing tape
- Small plastic cups
- Latex glove(s) if you don’t want to get messy
- Clear Top Coat Spray Paint or Outdoor Mod Podge
The “Before” Pot
Before You Begin
Before you begin, spray paint your terracotta pots with a base color. We used white gloss spray paint with primer built-in. I did this the day before and let them dry overnight. The terracotta pots do soak up a lot of spray paint, so be prepared for this.
Your first white coat does not have to be perfect because the marble design will cover any imperfections.
Create A Paint Dipping Station
Other DIY bloggers, will tell you to use a large plastic bin. I don’t know about you, but plastic bins can be expensive. I didn’t want to ruin a bin that would cost more than my whole project.
I came up with a better DIY solution.
- Tape a large garbage bag inside a diaper box.
- Add water from a hose outside.
Now you have a waterproof dipping and marbling station ready to go.
Important tip: Work quickly!!!!!! Taking the pictures to show you all how this worked slowed me down a little and the marbling on the pots would have been easier if I was not trying to document it for you. But I love inspiring all, so I made it work…quickly!
How To Do Spray Paint Marbling
Step 1: Fill With Water
Fill a container or homemade marbelizing station with water.
Step 2: Spray First Color In
Spray gray spray paint in water.
Step 3: Spray Second Color (Optional Third Color)
Spray black and then gold spray paint. If you feel comfortable spraying two cans at once, go for it.
Again, work quickly!
Step 4: Move Paint Around
As fast as you can, take a skewer and just move the paint around.
If the paint starts to stick to the skewer, you are moving too slowly! I used gray spray paint, but my guess is that black and gold would still give you the awesome marble design on your pots.
Step 5: Dip Pot
Dip the terracotta flower pots in the spray paint and water mixture.
Step 6: Rotate Pot
As soon as you have all three colors in, dip your terracotta pot and rotate it to cover the areas you want.
Carefully pull out the painted flower pot when done and you have a beautiful DIY marbled pot. It is really that simple of a DIY project.
Step 7: Let Terracotta Pot Dry
Depending on the size of your terracotta pots, you should be able to flip them over and place them on a wine bottle with the cork in to dry. As you can see in this picture, the wine bottle has a cork sticking out through the bottom of the flower pot.
This fits perfectly in the hole in the bottom of the terracotta pot.
Step 8: Add Clear Coat
After these dried for a few hours, I then used a clear coat spray to help seal the outside.
Different Design Idea
You could also just dip half of the pot for a cool flower pot idea. We did a similar technique but used nail polish to marble mugs. This would probably be easier than trying to quickly rotate the pot to get the marbling effect on all sides.
Read More>>> Really Easy Painted Flower Pot Ideas
If you love this painting technique, then you have to check out how we made an awesome DIY fall decoration with easy painted faux pumpkins.
How To Reuse Dipping Station
If you want to dump the water in between each dunk, go right ahead. However, I am all for not being wasteful and I am a little lazy.
If not dumping water, use a wooden skewer and a small cup to scrape off the top layer of spray paint in between each pot. As you can see, if you do not work quickly, you will be left with a not-so-great spray paint film stuck to everything.
These turned out so well that I am wondering if next, I can try to marble large plastic planters. Any ideas? I will post about it if I do attempt to take on such a huge marbling project!
If you are like us, we sometimes have DIY mistakes! We didn’t do accidentally spray paint in extra places on this project. However, if you need to know how to remove spray paint from glass this may be helpful.
Yes, we have made a faux marble look on white ceramic mugs before. Using nail polish will be more expensive than using spray paint to paint your terracotta flower pots.
There are a few options you can use to get a marble look with paint. You can use spray paint, nail polish or acrylic paint dipped in water to create a fake marble.
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We hope you loved this DIY marbled flower pot tutorial. We love that we turned a boring terracotta pot into an expensive-looking one. Now you can grab any item that needs a makeover and give spray paint marbling a try.
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Spray Paint Marbling Tutorial
- Large Box with plastic bag or plastic tote
- Packing tape
- Terracotta Pot We love these modern looking ones
- White Spray Paint with Primer Built-in
- At Least Two Other Colors of Spray Paint
- Wooden Skewer
- Latex Gloves if you don’t want to get messy
- An old wine bottle for drying
- Outdoor Sealant I will be resealing mine after two summers outside with this product
- Use a large plastic bin or make your own box with a large garbage bag that water can go in. You need to fill the box so that you will be able to dip your pot in it.
- Use white spray paint to put a base coat on your terracotta pot. You only need to spray a little on the inside. No need to waste spray paint.
- Let the paint dry. It should not be tacky.
- Use two different colors of spray paint. Quickly spray both colors in the water.
- Use the skewer to move the paint around.
- Pick up the pot and carefully dip it into the water. Roll the pot around so that all sides get covered.
- Place the terracotta pot upside down on the wine bottle so it can dry. Allow to fully dry as it should not be tacky to the touch.
- Use a clear coat spray or this product with a brush to fully protect your faux marbled flower pot.
The DIY Project Challenge
This outside DIY project definitely was pretty simple, but there are a few catches and tips I will give you along the way! This DIY marbled pot project was perfect to add to my DIY friends in our project challenges!
Now let’s see what my AWESOME DIY friends have created for this month’s knock-off challenge. The ladies in this group are very talented and I can’t wait to see what they have created! Let me know if you want to join us in the next round! Feel free to click on the links below to find more AMAZING inspiration.
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Kippi at Home: DIY Garden Screen Trellis
Never Skip Brunch: Anthropologie Hanging Planter
Life’s AHmazing: West Elm Inspired DIY Geometric Desk Decor
Our Happily Ever Home: Wayfair Inspired DIY Wooden Candlesticks
Southern Yankee DIY: Knockoff Pottery Barn Floral Napkin Rings
Mama Dares to DIY: Knock-off Pottery Barn Floating Shelves
Wednesday 8th of March 2023
Those pots are beautiful and the colors are fantastic! How do you hold the pot when submerging into the paint? On the inside and bottom?
Wednesday 8th of March 2023
Hi Lisa. Thanks so much for the kind words. This was definitely one of those DIYs that shocked me with how well they came out! I held the pot on the top and just go my hand a little messy. For some of the pots I didn't dip all the way and rotated so there was still white showing on some parts at the top. Holding from the bottom hole though would also really work well.
Monday 27th of February 2023
Very interesting! Gonna try this! Love nice flower pots.
Tuesday 28th of February 2023
Hi Patricia. Just work quickly and have fun trying spray paint marbling!
Thursday 8th of April 2021
Hello! I was wanting to do this with glass vases. I have black and grey spray paint and I already have gold acrylic paint. Do you think that would work mixed in?
Friday 9th of April 2021
Hi Jacinda. I haven't tried mixing the two types of paint. This sounds very interesting and we may need to try it out. I would recommend testing the hydro dipping technique on something small first (even a dollar store glass vase before testing it on your real ones). You also could see how the paints mix by doing it quickly and dipping a piece of paper to see what happens. Good luck and I would love to hear how it goes.
Tuesday 12th of January 2021
Love the marblized pots. How much water did you use and did you empty spray cans of paint completely?
Wednesday 13th of January 2021
Hi Maureen. I put enough water in the boxes so that I could dip the flower pot completely without hitting the bottom. Also, for this DIY flower pot project you only need a quick spray of each color. You have to work very fast so you do not want to spend too much time spray the paint. Good luck with your project.
Wednesday 12th of August 2020
I tried these right away on a cement coaster. It looks good but I got a lot of air bubbles beneath the paint. Do you have any ideas why that might happen?
Thursday 13th of August 2020
Hi Carla, I wonder if you stirred (or swirled) the paint too fast with the skewer before dipping your flower pots. I may have had a few bubbles, but nothing that really ruined my design. They would have just popped and left an imprint. Did you make sure the white coat of spray paint was completely dry? The biggest issue I encountered was working quickly in the hot weather.