Spring is in the air and that means it’s time to start thinking about planting flowers and herbs

Personally, I love having cheerful, colorful blooms in the house as well as using herbs I’ve grown myself like basil, cilantro, rosemary, and lavender in our daily meals. While some of my plants go directly into the garden outside, I really enjoy having some of them potted indoors for easy access as well as home décor.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating a plain terracotta flowerpot; you can get the kids involved and let them create paint drip pots or patterns with their thumbprints, or you can make it a project just for you. In years past, I’ve created polka dot pots, glitter pots, and pots with chalkboard labels, all of which can be found on my blog. This year, though, I decided to go for a shabby chic and vintage effect and I’m so excited about how it turned out! Here’s how I made myself a Vintage Wine Label Chalk Painted Flowerpot and you can too!


- terracotta flowerpot, any size
- chalk paint
- Home Décor Wax
- soft, lint-free cloth
- sand paper, medium grit
- stencil of your choice {or create one using adhesive vinyl and an electronic cutting machine}

Step 1: Paint your pot using chalk paint.

You can use any brand and color you like; I personally love Krylon’s Chalky Finish Spray because it takes hardly any time at all and only requires one coat for great coverage {usually terracotta pots take at least 3 coats of paint when you apply it with a brush}. I turned my pot upside down and sprayed it, let it dry for half an hour, then flipped it right side up and sprayed the top rim and inside. The specific color I used is called Misty Gray.

Step 2: Apply your stencil.

Use any stencil you like, whether it’s a pattern, a phrase, or even just a monogram. You can purchase a pre-cut stencil and either stick it on if it’s adhesive or tape it in place with painter’s tape. Or, if you want to get really fancy, you can create your own custom stencil like I did. I did a Google image search for vintage wine labels, found one I liked, saved it, and traced it in my Silhouette Studio software. Then I sent it to my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine, cut it out of adhesive vinyl, and stuck the vinyl to my pot as a stencil.

Step 3: Paint inside your stencil.

I used charcoal colored chalk paint and gently dabbed it inside the cut out spaces of my stencil. If you have a stencil brush that’s the right size, by all means use it. Mine was too big for parts of my image, so I just used my finger. Remove your stencil carefully while the paint is still wet. Let everything dry completely before moving on.

Step 4: Gently distress your pot using sand paper.

This step is completely optional, of course, but if you want to give your pot that shabby chic aged and vintage look, this is how to do it. Gently sand along the natural lines and rims of the pot and anywhere else you want to remove a bit of paint. Start slowly and gently until you get a feel for it and continue until you achieve the look you like. Some people prefer more distressing, while others like to keep it light; it’s up to your own personal taste.

Step 5: Apply a coat of wax to seal your paint.

Use a soft, lint-free cloth to rub in some clear home décor wax all over the surface of your pot. Let it dry for about an hour, then buff it to the sheen you like.

Step 6: Plant your flowers or herbs!

Once your wax is dry, it’s time to plant your favorite blooms and enjoy them.

What do you think? Is this something you would love to display in your home this spring?

Flower pot