July 6, 2016

pot-painting with rubber bands

Terra-cotta plants get a new look thanks to rubber bands & paint
I'm obsessed with my windowsill plants. They're my babies. I think I'm so obsessed with them because they're the only plants I haven't straight-up tortured to death (a moment of silence for those lost thanks to my forgetting that plants actually need water). I've even has some success propagating my succulent plant (see Instagram for proof), which I'm giddy over. Hooray for small wins. 
Black, white, & green. Potted plants get love in monochrome.
Since these greens are essentially my children, I like playing dress-up with them. They were wearing fun lettering before, & now they're all stripes! I've been in a mad black & white mood lately. Rubber bands made the stripe-painting a breeze. I want to try this same technique with glass-etching soon!
What you'll need to paint pots with rubber bands
To start seeing stripes, you'll need:
  • Terra-cotta pot 
  • Flat-sidded rubber bands (like the ones pictured above)
  • Two colors of acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
Two layers of paint & rubber bands - quick way to decorate planters
Step 1 | Paint the entire terra-cotta pot with a base color, i.e. the color that will show up as the lines. Wait until dry.
Step 2 | Wrap rubber bands around the pot.
Easy stripes on a pot by using rubber bands
Step 3 | Paint over the terra-cotta pot with top color. If you are going from dark to light, you will need to use more than one coat of the light-colored paint. Wait until dry, & remove rubber bands.
Black on white

P.S. RIP to these little plant babies seen in a previous project. Yep, they're dead too. 


  1. LOVE this idea (and feel the same way about my plants!)

    1. Stripes are always nice! I'm so surprised I haven't had to lay this batch of houseplants to rest. They're such troopers.

    2. oh my gosh, same! i am always happily surprised to come home to plants that are alive :-)

  2. awww poor greenish thumb! those are succulents, they need light and very little water, only when really dry. the thicker the leaves the less water they need.

    1. Anonymous #1 hit it straight forthwith..sunny disposition and the leaves tell you how they REALLY feel. Thick and spongy means full of a sponge. Smaller and shriveled means it needs a bit of a sponge. Also, I see the soil looks really dark. Now, this is USUALLY the way to go. However, you want cactus potting soil..lots of white vermiculite in it..aids in fast drainage and light, porous growing medium.

  3. I have earthen pots can I paint them in the same manner so that print don't chip off & can I paint them while the plant is there in the pot

    1. Hi! Yes, you can use earthen pots, and you should be able to paint them while the plants are still inside (it just might be a bit trickier!).

  4. I totally have the Green is the artistic abilities that are shaky (my sister got all those genes). HOWEVER, this, this I think I can do:) I have some Christmas Thank You Gifts me-&-kids are making for people, and THIS is AMAZINGLY simplistic looking, yet modern and pretty for any home (or classroom). Who doesn't like black-and-white. Hope it works!

    1. Awesome! You are fortunate to have a good track record with plants - I'm looking back at the plants in this post and realizing that while they're not dead, they don't look nearly as good as they used to! 😭 Have fun painting your terra-cotta pots! 💕