Video — How to Make a Watercolor Planter



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I am not a DIY-friendly type of person. When I see craft stores, I tend to run in the opposite direction. However I came across this fun (and super simple) project and thought “Hey Chrissy, one of your resolutions this year was to be more crafty so why don’t you give it a go!” Cut to a couple of days later and I have a perfect new planter displayed on my bookshelf. Want to learn how to make one of your own? Here are the few steps.


  • Glossy, ceramic, white planter
  • Sharpies
  • Nail polish remover
  • Disposable cup
  • Q-tips/cotton balls
  • Sealant
  • Paper towels/old cloth
  • Steps:
    1. Using the sharpies, draw directly onto the planter. You can be as messy as you want, because the nail polish remover will blend everything together anyway. Be sure to choose colors that will complement one another, because you don’t want to end up with a brown pot when you were aiming for a pink one
    2. Poor nail polish remover into a disposable cup and then dip your Q-tips or cotton balls into the nail polish remover
    3. Use the nail polish remover soaked Q-tips or cotton balls and rub them directly onto the pot that has been covered in Sharpie strokes
    4. You will see the colors starting to run and blend and look like watercolors
    5. You can use a paper towel to blot the pot while it is still wet. This will help soften the colors to give it a more pastel look
    6. Spray the pot with a sealant to keep the colors preserved for as long as possible

    Be sure to share photos of your project with us so we can see how they turned out! Have any fun tips for us to make this project even better? Let us know in the comments!