DIY Colorful Summer Pots

Summer is in full swing here at The House Lars Built we’ve been working not only sprucing up the inside of our white house but the outside as well. Since we have such a lovely blank canvas to work with, you all know my feelings on neutrals vs default colors, we thought it would be nice to throw some color into the palette. Goal: work some color into our main entryway. Plan: use flowers, terra cotta pots, white paint and thoughtfully selected colors that help us work any colors our hearts might desire into our outside decor. Outcome: A lovely colorful entryway! These pots are easy, beautiful and a quick fix to spruce up any entryway not to mention inexpensive!

Painted garden pots

DIY painted pots



  1. Pick a cohesive color palette.
  2. Paint pots white, we applied three coats for a clean look.
  3. Tape off shapes
  4. Apply a layer of glue, this will help you pull up a clean edge.
  5. Paint in shapes, we used 2-3 layers on each shape. You can use the blow dryer between layers to speed up the drying process.
  6. Gently peel off tape around shapes, be very careful of this step. Sometimes the paint will peel up with your tape. You can use an x-acto knife to gently cut edges if you notice your paint sticking.Painted garden potsPainted garden potsPainted garden pots

We’d love to see your colorful pots on your summer porches! Tag us with #LarsMakes when you post them!


  1. I’m unfamiliar with tropical plants in your area. I’d go ahead and search for what types of plants do well in your area in pots. Sorry, wish I knew!

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      Your best bets would be to check your local garden centre and see what plants they have for sale that appeal to you. Then check the label of the plant, which will tell you it’s name (usually botanical and common name), what it’s growing requirements are, how tall and wide it gets, when it Flowers if it is a flowering plant or when it fruits if it is a fruit/vegetable plant, etc. If yo are not sure if it can be grown in a pot, ask one of the employees and explain what you want to do. They will be able to help you. If it is just for some summer color in pots then look for bedding plants, they can cope with being in pots and your local garden centre will have the ones that will cope with the heat, humidity and even salty air if you are near the ocean. Another option is to google so,etching like “best plants for growing in pots in FL” or “Tropical plants suitable for growing in pots” and have a look to see what jumps out at you. There will be many that can but many that won’t cope unless they are in huge pots, so always be aware of the ultimate size of the plant. Remember also that you may want to go with silver leaved plants if they are to be in bright sun, desert plants, succulents, etc are good too as you won’t need to water as often. And when watering, early morning or evening is best if plants are in full sun so their leaves don’t scorch. Researching the plants can be such fun as you decide what works with each pot as a group setting. Oh and make sure to see what type of compost it likes…if you go with bedding plants (a multi purpose compost) that will be different than if you go with succulents and desert plants (compost with lots of grit so it is very free draining), etc.


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