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Rainbow Garden Art: Colorful Pot Painting

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Do you know what I love about today’s painting project for kids? 

It doesn’t require perfection or detail or really any focus. 

It's very open-ended and so creative -- plus down-right beautiful too!

And it's the perfect idea for Mother's Day or as a Teacher Appreciation gift at the end of the year -- it will brighten up any yard or room!


Wonderful DIY gift idea for teacher appreciation or Mother's day


Painting for Kids: Rainbow Garden Pot

My daughter wanted to paint a pot for her flowers but she wanted a ‘rainbow pot’.  Luckily, I had seen this awesome idea for a Rainbow Pour Pot from Dilly-Dali Art

Be sure to read all the details at Dilly-Dali Art – she has a great tutorial for prepping and creating the pour pots.

Unfortunately, we aren’t always patient enough to follow a full tutorial (ah, life with kids!) but the ability to create a beautiful item from a messy process is what we love about this project!

Ours are really more of a 'squeeze' pot than a pour pot -- we didn't really pour the paint as you can see in the photos.


Project Supplies:

Here's what you need for each one:

  • a clean Terra Cotta Pot (clay pots) - use any size but know that the larger the pot, the more paint you'll need
  • a variety of acrylic paints (at a minimum, we would recommend 4 colors - you can see our choices below)
  • Wax Paper
  • newspaper to cover your work area
  • a somewhat patient kid
  • smock!  a must when painting with kids :)


First, choose what paint colors you'd like to use.  

We chose Acrylics Brights (Neon) Paints and used six different colors.  We decided to use the darker colors first and then cover with the lighter colors but I'm sure you can do it either way (lighter first would work too).



Cover your work area with newsprint and then cover your kids with a smock or old shirt :)

Turn a clay pot (that's clean and dry) so it’s bottom-side up on a sheet of wax paper.  The wax paper will allow the paint to dry and then come off clean so there's no newsprint stuck to your pot.

Then squeeze the paint around the edge of the pot so it drips down the side.


Rainbow Garden Art: Pot PaintingRainbow Garden Art: Pot Painting

We poured the colors one right after the other – don’t let them dry between coats. 

And you can see we didn't care if we covered the whole pot.  We liked the look of some of the terra cotta showing through when it was finished.


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Let the pot dry over night and then remove it from the wax paper. 

It should easily peel off but if the paint sticks, use a knife to trim around the edge of the pot.


 Wonderful DIY gift idea for teacher appreciation or Mother's day

Pretty, isn’t it?!

I love the blend of colors on the pot -- so bright!

Each pot has it's own unique look so the kids will easily be able to tell theirs apart.

These were smaller pots and we used about 1/4 of each of the 6 oz. bottles of Acrylics Brights (Neon) Paints on one pot.


Rainbow Garden Art: Pot Painting

And what a gorgeous pot for beautiful flowers!

Plus it's such a super quick & easy project that kids of all ages would enjoy (even teens)!


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Happy Painting!



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Wonderful DIY gift idea for teacher appreciation or Mother's Day


  • Guest
    Sensory Mom March 24

    Saw your link on Tip Me Tuesday! Love this! Pinned it for later!

  • Pam
    Pam April 09

    I teach 2nd grade and loved this idea for painting pots with my students!!

  • Guest
    Artist May 03

    Love this idea- we made these for our mom last mothers day. The only suggestion I would add would be the spray the inside of the pot with a sealant so the water doesn't go through and cause the paint to bubble. I would also add a sealant to the outside to prevent fading, cracking, etc. We are in Minnesota so the pots have a lot of outdoor weather to stand up against, and to have these out for most of the year sealing it is very important.
    They look great!

  • Guest
    Heather H May 04

    Oh, these flowerpots are beautiful! What a fun activity for kids too. These would make a nice Mother's Day present for mom or grandma. Thanks for sharing this with #EverythingKids this week.

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