It’s no secret that I love dripping paint (and making a mess!) I also really love succulents and I think they’re even cuter in little DIY planters. I’m thrilled to be teaming up with method to bring you this fun tutorial, because method makes cleaning easy so you can fear no mess and dive headfirst into even the messiest projects.
What you need:
1. Plain white planters (these small ones would be great, or this larger one), or repurpose old containers
4. Cups or bowls
5. Paint brushes
What you do:
1. Prepare your empty planters. I actually used empty tin cans and white polymer clay. You could also spray paint terra cotta pots or other containers.
2. Make sure you have a lot of empty space to work, because things will get messy. I like having a brush for each color of paint I’m going to be using.
3. Test out how drippy you want your paint to be. You may want to add a little bit of water to your paint so that it will drip more easily.
4. Take your brush and paint across the rim of the planter. You may want to scrape off a little extra paint every so often to encourage drips.
5. If you’re using multiple colors, let each color of paint dry before adding another one. Otherwise they will all just blend together.
6. Let your paint fully dry and fill your DIY planters with beautiful plants and succulents.
I ended out making the black paint a little thicker, and I love how it turned out! I also painted a few more planters… one with black splatters, and one colorful geometric.
And if you’re anything like me, then your hands WILL get messy! Fortunately, I had some method hand wash ready to help me out. I absolutely love the beautiful colors and packaging of method products, and the naturally derived scents are amazing! Plus, they are never tested on animals and are friendly to the environment.
And here are all of my new DIY planters all lined up together. Soon I’ll have to share a picture of my whole little succulent garden. As much as I LOVE color, I think that the black paint drip planter is my favorite!
And if you’re curious how I made the colorful geometric planter, it was really simple! I started by painting a diagonal line of pink paint across half of the planter. The paint I was using was pretty transparent so I gave it a second coat. You can still see the brush strokes a little bit but I really love the texture. After the pink paint completely dried, I painted a section of yellow paint on top of the pink, so that some of the yellow blended with the pink to create a fun shade of orange.
I also got a little carried away playing with dripping paint, and inspired by the beautiful color of the waterfall scented method hand wash. I created this picture that reminds me of a waterfall of paint… hmm… now if only that was a real thing!
Thank you method for sponsoring this tutorial. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support Lines Across. I only work with brands that I personally love and that I think you’ll love too! And as always, all thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own.
I swear, you are the best at making messes look good! Love this little project and Method!
Thanks so much Jenna! I sure do have a lot of experience haha 😉
Amy Latta says
LOVE these! I am having a hard time picking a favorite. We always need hand soap around here too…my hands usually look like yours, covered with paint!
Thanks Amy! And I know what you mean – always covered in paint!
Condo Blues says
I can’t believe they started out as tin cans! So cool.
Thanks! You could use the paint drip method on any planters, but I love how these turned out. I’m planning on sharing a more detailed tutorial on how to cover a tin can in polymer clay later this month.
Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake says
Oh my goodness, you were right about these pictures, they’re fabulous! I love love love the results of this pretty paint mess. But I can’t choose a favorite planter, they’re all so good!
Thanks Marlene! I did have a lot of fun with this one! Plus method’s bottles are so beautiful and colorful I got a little carried away. And thanks! I think I like the black and white one best because the contrast is so striking. I feel like I’m always so caught up in colorful projects I forget just how much I love plain old black and white.
LOVE these planters! So fresh & modern and messy in a good way. Making these with my kids & girl scout troop – they will love the project. Then we promise to clean up with Method!
Thanks Kelly! They were a lot of fun to make! I bet it will be a lot of fun to make with kids. I think no matter how you drip the paint it will look cool. Send me a picture if you end out taking one and think about it!
linda (burlap_blue) says
These are AMAZING!! So creative and colorful. LOVE it!
Thanks Linda! I had so much fun with these and really love how they turned out. I want to make more haha! I guess I’ll just have to buy some more succulents!
Melissa Riker says
I love them all, I can’t decide which is my favorite! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Melissa! They were really fun to make! I definitely got a little carried away!
Such a fun, colorful project! And I love that mention how messy it will be and then show your hands! My hands always get covered with paint no matter what I’m painting.
Thanks Sarah! And exactly! It’s hard because I try to keep my hands and nails looking somewhat good for pictures but all of the projects I do mess them up. And I love taking messy hands pictures (thank you tripod) but I usually forget to. That would be a fun little Instagram hashtag… something about messy hands.
Jae | Dreaming of Leaving says
So much fun, I absolutely love your creativity and especially your photography! Totally pinning 🙂 xo
Thank you! I especially had fun taking the photos for this project. I love taking pictures of paint and messes so I went a little crazy haha.
Tan of Squirrelly Minds says
Oh my gosh I don’t know which one I like the most. They’re all so beautiful!
Thanks so much Tan! They were really fun to make!
All of these are fabulous, but I especially love the look of the drippy ones! I am obsessed with creative & colorful planter ideas… if I ever make all of them, there won’t be room for me in my own house! 😛
Thanks Emily! I love paint drips too 🙂 And they really are addicting to make!
These are super cute! Maybe I will get crafty! Thanks of the inspiration!!!