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Brush Stroke Pots

We are so excited to have our sweet friend, Amanda, from Dwelling in Happiness, guest posting on the blog today!

Happy Wednesday, Elizabeth Joan Design readers! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Dwelling in Happiness. I was SO excited when Erin and Emily asked if I would guest post on their blog, and today, I’m sharing a fun little spring craft!

SONY DSCI’ve been in love with succulents lately, but because I tend to kill all plants in my care; I had never gotten any for myself. But, I’ve been told they are really easy to grow and maintain; so, I figured I’d give it a try! When I saw a 2 pack of little terra cotta pots at the Dollar Tree, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.

I’ve seen a couple of “brush stroke” type crafts on Pinterest, and I wanted to do something similar on my pots. They turned out to be the perfect little home for my new succulents, too!

To make your own brush stroke pots, you’ll need:

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  • 3 Terra Cotta pots (I got mine at the Dollar Store in packs of 2!)
  • Small or medium paint brush (your preference)
  • White acrylic paint
  • 4-6 different colored acrylic paint (I did 5 colors)
  • Succulents, herbs, or anything you’d like to plant!

I started by painting all 3 pots with my white acrylic paint, except the top rim.

SONY DSCI chose 3 colors from my 5, and painted the rims of the pots each of the colors. Make sure to paint inside the pot about an inch down, just in case you can still see inside when you put the dirt in.

SONY DSCFor the brush strokes, start with a color and simply brush on paint in random spots around the pot (1). Let it dry a few minutes, and do the next color, brushing on paint randomly around (2). Continue with each color, overlapping on some (2 & 3). Make sure to let the paint dry a little before going to the next color, or the colors will mix together and it’ll be a mess!

Brush Stroke CollageContinue adding brush strokes with different colors and overlapping them until most of the white of the pot is gone, or until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Repeat the process for the remaining two pots.

SONY DSCI used a smaller brush for two, and a medium brush for the third. However, I think I like how the smaller brush strokes turned out instead! I just love how different they are, even though it’s the same technique for all 3.

SONY DSCAfter the paint was completely dry on all three, I planted my adorable little succulents, and gave them a new home in my kitchen window sill! They’ll get plenty of sun, and the bright colors from the pots totally make me happy every time I look up from doing the dishes. Perfect spring colors!

SONY DSCNow, let’s see if I can actually keep these little guys alive!

SONY DSCI love how the brush strokes turned out so much that I’m debating doing the same to some larger pots for other flowers outside. I’ll have the brightest yard on the block!

Thank you all for having me here today! I hope this “brush stroke” technique can brighten up your plain pots this spring, too. Also a huge thank you to Emily and Erin for having me over here today!


Amanda Fettig is a wife and a stay at home momma to a 16 month old little girl. She is usually found outdoors enjoying the sunshine and trying to keep up with a very active toddler. She blogs at Dwelling in Happiness about DIY Home decor and crafts, organization, tips and tricks, and other crafty things! Follow Amanda on Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’, or Google+!


If you haven’t already, hop on over to Amanda’s blog and check out some more of her fun and creative ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with our readers, Amanda!


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