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How To Make A Mini Boho Terracotta Succulent Planter

Hi, my name is Junette, and I am addicted to white planters for my indoor plants.  I believe every room should have something white in it to complete the design and therefore white is my absolute go-to colour for pots for indoor plants.  I guess it is a case of two birds with one stone, as you really do need some greenery in every room too.  

But even though I prefer mostly white planters in my home, I also add some patterned or coloured ones for variation.  I stumbled across this beautiful planter online, and inspiration struck immediately.  If you are a fan of boho home décor, you’ll love this cute mini boho terracotta succulent planter, and I will show you how to make it yourself.

Create a boho-inspired faux terracotta planter with a thrift store find and some craft paint

Terracotta Pot Details |

I wanted to create a terracotta and white relief planter, where it looks as if the white was painted onto the terracotta pot instead of the other way around as we will be doing.  This is perfect for adding a bit of boho flair to your home décor. 

This thrifty transformation was just in time for this month’s Thrifty Thursday post.  I’m joined by four other talented bloggers once a month to share our thrifty and frugal projects – to help you make more of your home décor for less.  Be sure to check out the other posts – their links will be at the bottom of this post. 

Less is more Thrifty Thursday |

Supplies Used

  • A small planter or bowl.  Whether you find it at the thrift store or you have it in your home, this method will work best on a white planter with some relief or pattern embedded in the planter, similar to the one I used. 
  • Terracotta coloured craft paint or chalk paint.  It should be a matt finish.
  • Craft paintbrushes and sanding paper.
  • Matt spray sealant.
  • Plant or succulent of your choice.  I used a mini spekboom (portulacaria afra).

Painting and sanding your boho terracotta planter

Mini Thrift store bowl |

Clean your planter thoroughly before you start painting.  Apply the first coat liberally; make sure you get paint on all the indents. 

Paint the pot/bowl with craft paint |

When the paint is dry, you can get to work with the sanding paper.  You need to sand off the paint on the raised areas.  You do not have to be careful with this first round of sanding, it is ok if too much colour comes off, but this round will give you a good idea of where you need to add more paint and sand less with the second round of paint.  You will be able to see what amount of terracotta paint looks good on the relief areas. 

Sanding for detail |

With the second coat of paint, you can be more intentional of where you paint.  Add paint only in the places you need to.  Work with a fine brush to give you more control.

Second layer of paint |

Then you will sand again for the final time.  Work very slowly and intentionally and sand small spots at a time. 

Lastly, seal your planter with two coats of matt spray sealant.  You need to seal the planter, as it will come in contact with water if you add a plant.

Add your Succulent or Plant of Choice

Boho Terracotta Planter |

Because my inspiration had faux succulents, I decided to use something similar.  I chose a mini spekboom (portulacaria afra), which I will elaborate on below.  If you use a succulent, you do not need to worry about drainage holes in the pot.  But if you want to use a different plant that requires more water, it is better to choose a container with drainage holes. 

Plant your chosen plant or succulent into the pot and add pebbles on top of the soil.  Stand back and admire as your mini boho-inspired terracotta planter is complete!  I think this guy will be hanging out on my nightstand! 

Boho Terracotta Planter |

The Wonderful Properties of a Spekboom

Mini Spekboom in pot |

I chose to use a Spekboom as we have a major call here in South Africa to plant and propagate more of them.  This plant (the full-grown versions can grow up to four meters tall), is more effective in removing carbon dioxide from the air than the plants you would find in a tropical rain forest.  It helps purify the air we breathe and has many more benefits.  You can read more about spekboom in this article; they are quite amazing. 

Boho Terracotta Planter |

Remember to click through to the other transformations

If you like this project, you will also love these.  From left to right; Erin from Practical Whimsy Designs; Martina from The Lived-in Look; Elizabeth from A Well Purposed Woman and Sara from The Inspired Decorator.  Please take a look at these talented ladies’ projects!

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Mini Boho Terracotta Succulent Planter |

I hope you are all staying safe in this challenging time!  I’ll have to be very creative with my projects for the next month as we are entering a lockdown from tonight.  But I’ll keep my mini spekboom in its gorgeous boho terracotta planter on my nightstand to help me breathe easy at night. If you love succulents, you will also love this planter’s transformation and this cute arrangement.

Until next time, take care!

Junette |

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  • Erin

    What a fun way to create a unique planter. I love the succulent idea too. It looks so good together. I’ve never heard of a Spekboom before, but now I kind of want one.

    March 28, 2020 at 7:52 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Erin! Spekboom is indigenous to South Africa, but they are amazing plants!

      March 30, 2020 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Martina

    Thanks so much for sharing this Junette! I have a special place in my heart for terracotta. What a great planter idea.

    March 30, 2020 at 5:25 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Martina! This was my first stab at faux terracotta, but now I’m inspired to do more of them!

      March 30, 2020 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Sara

    This is cute! You come up with such great ways to refinish ceramic containers!

    March 30, 2020 at 7:10 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Sara!

      March 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    I love this idea Junette! I have been so amazed at how you take simple finds and turn them into something really unique. I love boho and think this is perfect!

    March 31, 2020 at 8:46 pm Reply
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