D.I.Y. Easy Potted Succulent Update

DIY Terracotta Planter Update // How to make a boring old terracotta plant fun with hand painted stripes, bright colors and a flag banner. Create a nicer home for your succulents and cacti! Click on the link for the full tutorial!

When I quit my job two weeks ago, my co-worker Kate threw me a really sweet good-bye spread complete with oreos, veggie fries, fruit…basically all my favorite things PLUS she got me the sweetest little succulent you have ever seen! It immediately found a happy little home on my desk in my home office, but I am the type of person who always wants everything to be unique to me, so I decided that I could spice up the pot a little bit to make it more fun for my desk.

Initially I was just going to paint the pot with some fun stripes, but then I opened my kitchen drawer and saw my bamboo skewers and got super excited at the prospect of adding a little miniature flag to the pot! Overall, it took probably thirty minutes to make (including paint drying time!) and I am very pleased with the overall result.


Basic terracotta pot
White acrylic paint
Pop color paint
Bamboo skewers (you can use the scraps from this D.I.Y.!)
Clear tape
Rope or twine
Paper scrap (I used old magazine tears, but wrapping paper could work too!)

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After washing and thoroughly drying your pot, paint it white with a sponge brush. I did two coats to ensure it was evenly covered (waiting 20 minutes in between for each coat to dry). Once that is dry you can start painting your pattern. I did really “hand-painterly” (new word I just made up?) stripes, but zig zags or a grid would be fun too! 

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While your pot dries, take your bamboo skewers and stick them (pointy side down) into your soil. Be sure to angle them outward slightly to allow maximum room for tiny flags. Measure out your rope and tie it around each skewer (I wrapped a piece of tape around the part of skewer below each tie to ensure that they didn’t slide downwards over time.)

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Finally, cut out pieces of paper into flags of varying sizes, you can get creative here about what color flags you do (for one of mine I did alternating pink and blue, but on the other one I did images of clouds). Once they are all cut out, figure out how you would like to space them and then place a small single piece of clear tape at the top of the flag. Fold the tape over the rope and secure it to the back of the flag. 

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Now place your fancy new planter on your desk and smile everyday at how cute it is 🙂

Do you have any creative succulent planting ideas?




    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks so much Gemma! 🙂

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thanks Jaime! 🙂

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thanks so much Elisa! 🙂

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks Andy 🙂

    • Annie
      July 6, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks Berry! And they have such an amazing collection there! I can’t even go there anymore without snagging one haha

    • Annie
      July 7, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Oh my goodness Emma that would be so cute! Send me a picture when you’re done!

  1. July 7, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Such a cute idea – I know now what to try when my little niece visits me the next time! Thanks for sharing!
    xx. Mirjam

    • Annie
      July 7, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      That is such a great idea! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

    • Annie
      July 8, 2016 / 2:00 pm

      Thanks Melanie 🙂

  2. July 9, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    I love this! Ive got a few succulents that I bought months ago, but are still sitting in their little pots. I really need to do something with them!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Annie
      July 10, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Ooo good luck April! I love succulents, and the possibilities are endless! 🙂

    • Annie
      July 13, 2016 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks Dara! Let me know how it goes! xx

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