DIY Mini Painted Pots Gift

Give the gift of life… plant life! I bought these little pots from Hobby Lobby as a six-pack and did a minimalist design on the outside with acrylic paint. Add a little dirt and a cute little succulent, and you’re good to go! These make great little gifts for friends and coworkers, or could be used for favors at parties and weddings. I’m very lucky that my mom has accidentally created a succulent farm in her backyard and let me pass on all these little babies to my friends!

What you’ll need:

  • Pot (I got this 6-pack at my local Hobby Lobby for $3.99)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Dirt
  • Plants (I used succulents)
  • Optional: small rocks
  • Optional: wrapping materials of your choice

Paint the outside of the pot. I recommend using acrylic paint and paintbrushes. I like to cover the painted spots with a waterproof top coat of some kind. I used Mod Podge’s Waterbase Sealer for Outdoor use, which I already had in my stash, to ensure that these would hold up outside if the person decided to move them outdoors.

I recommend adding a single layer of rocks to the bottom of the pot. The size of your pot determines the amount of rocks you’ll need. Most plants won’t need rocks. These are mainly for how the water flows. Be sure not to plug up the hole at the bottom of the pot. This hole helps excess water drain out and prevent any issues down the line, like mold or water build up. Add dirt to the pot.

Take your succulent, succulent clipping, or fresh plant and transfer it to the dirt. If the plant you’re transferring to the pot already comes with roots and dirt, make sure you move it to the new pot with the new dirt. Since I’m using succulent clippings, I filled my dirt to the brim and stuck the plant in. Water the dirt the plant and let sit.

I packaged the little plants inside treat bags for the recipients, tied with some string and placed on top of a card. If you do this, I must advise that you not add the plants to the bags (or whatever container you choose) until you’re ready to give the present away. Remember that plants are living and they need air! I packaged these the morning I was passing them out, and left one completely out of the bag for one recipient who wouldn’t get theirs for some time.

All that’s left to do now is to distribute gifts!