DIY Decoupage Flower Pot for Spring

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Learn how to make a DIY flower pot with decoupage. I love using decoupage to make unique projects like this floral dresser.

Spring is in the air and I’m looking forward to getting flowers for the front yard. Here in Maryland, I typically wait until Mother’s Day to avoid frost killing my plants though.

Until that time, inside plants will have to do. So I made some decoupaged flower pots.

decoupaged floral flower pot

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How to Choose a Flower Pot for Decoupage

Look for a pot with flat sides for the best results. I used this pot with scalloped edges because it was too cute to pass up.

A square or cylindrical pot would have been easier. But the good thing about decoupage is that paper bends. 

My pots came from the dollar store and they’re plastic. 

green scalloped planters

If your pot doesn’t have a hole at the bottom, you can use a drill to make a hole in it. This pot is plastic, so I used a regular drill bit. For ceramic pots, use a special bit with water and go slow. 

How to Make a DIY Flower Pot with Decoupage

Supplies Needed

For best results, use a tissue paper with an “organic” pattern. This floral pattern hides edges better than a geometric pattern would.

  1. Spray paint your flower pot white. Your flower pot color will show through the tissue paper, so it’s important to start with white. I used satin, but flat would work too.
    spray paint pot white
  2. Spray on the inside as well to cover the edges. 
  3. Cut your tissue paper into pieces. Since my tissue paper is floral, I cut around the motifs, but random shapes work as well.
    cut up tissue paper into smaller pieces
  4. Paint the decoupage glue onto your pot.
    paint decoupage glue onto planter
  5. Start applying the cut-out tissue paper to your pot. You can start at the bottom like I did or you can start with the largest images.
    apply tissue paper to flower pot
  6. Smooth the tissue paper as you go, applying a layer of glue to the top.
    decoupaging tissue paper onto flower pot
  7. Use smaller pieces to fill in the gaps.
  8. For tiny gaps, I cut small pieces of tissue paper to use.
    small pieces of tissue paper fill the gaps
  9. For the edges, make small cuts at the corners and bend the paper over.
    bend paper over edges of pot
  10. Use small pieces to cover the top part of the inside of the pot. 
  11. Let the glue dry.
    decoupage glue on flower pot
  12. Give the tissue paper one more coat of decoupage glue for added protection.
    planter with decoupage tissue paper
  13. For more protection, add a few coats of clear spray paint. 
flower pots
floral flower pot

Tips To Use Decoupaged Flower Pots Outside

A decoupaged flower pot will be fine for indoor use, but what if you want to use your pot outside? Here are some precautions you should take to protect your hard work. 

  • Start by priming the pot because you spray paint it. If you’re using a plastic flower pot, you might want to use specialty spray paint for plastic pots. 
  • Decoupage as instructed, but use outdoor glue instead. 
  • After your project is finished, spray it with several light coats of clear spray paint. 
finished planter

Learn how to fix decoupage problems like wrinkles and bubbles!

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