Painting Plastic Planters

I am absolutely in love with this project from the East Coast Creative girls! I have never really spent money or time outside until this summer.  I have a whole bunch of outdoor projects on my list this year and adding pops of color is a must.  Spray paint is a miracle worker don’t you think?  Taking plastic planting pots and a few cans of spray paint you can create these same color block planters yourself.  Take it away Monica…


Hey, It’s Monica from East Coast Creative. Have you ever noticed how incredibly expensive planters are?  For about $40 I could get one itty bitty planter, that’s not even cute.  No thanks.  I decided I would DIY planters that would work perfectly with my new painted door and rockin’ house numbers. I didn’t want anything too frilly or girly.  I wanted the style inside my house, reflected on the outside too! This project cost me $20 each, was incredibly simple, and totally fits my style.

spray paint plastic planters for porch


Plastic planters (mine were from Target)
2 colors of spray paint
1 color of latex paint

Dirt, Mulch, Plants, Etc. 


I started with these plain Jane planters from Target.  You can’t really tell how big they are, but they’re pretty big (I can’t wrap my arms around the top of the large one- I tried, so that gives you an idea and a weird mental picture). They cost $7 for the medium and $13 for the extra large.


plastic pots spray painted

The first step was to spray paint the middle color.  I used Valspar’s grey primer because I love the color.

spray painting plastic

You don’t need to worry about the top or bottom at all.  Just get a nice, even coat on the middle.  I did two light coats on mine.

spray painted plastic planters

I painted the top color block with the same color I recently used on my front door.  I’m a bit obsessed with it.  I didn’t need to tape for a clean line, because the planter had a lip that I was able to use as a guide.  Also, make sure you paint down pretty far on the inside.  I’m assuming your house guests will be taller than the planters, so they’ll get a peek down inside.


The next step, made this DIYer do the dance of joy (remember Perfect Strangers?) because it saved me so much time!  I used a paint can opener to pop the bottom off the planters.  I’ll warn you, it will sound like you’re breaking them, but you’re not! They’ll pop right back on when you’re done painting them.


Taking the bottom off, meant no need for tape or cutting in.  Just spray paint the bottom whatever color you’d like.  Put the pieces all together and you’re left with cool, color block planters.

color block plastic planters

They’re nice like that, but I wanted to take it up a notch! I wanted some height, so I stacked them up.  I didn’t do any permanent attaching or anything, just fill the bottom with dirt, plant your flowers, add the next planter, and repeat.
Again, remember the angle people will see them from when they walk in… mulch is a must.  No one wants to see this…

two tiered planters

I used white wave petunias on the bottom and a boxwood on top.

Tiered planter

Here was my porch a few weeks ago.  It was a sad situation… trust me, I know!

Porch Before

Take a look now!
I think it’s just a tad more welcoming don’t you?

Porch Update

For a grand total of $40 and about an hour, I got two color block, tiered planters that perfectly match my style and house colors.   (You can see the door and house numbers Here)
The only question now is, “When are you going to make yours?”
**Since my mom loved my planters, she kind of hinted around to wanting one of her own.  Here’s what she got for Mother’s Day this past weekend! Black and Red to match her house!