Upcycling project: how to create your own colourful terrazzo planters

Follow this easy step-by-step project and smarten up your pots with an on-trend paint makeover

Decorated pots with succulents
(Image credit: Wilko)

Brighten up your indoor or outdoor space with colourful terrazzo designs you can paint at home. Terrazzo prints have been top of the interior trend list for a while now, so why not grab a paintbrush and set about livening up a set of plain planters? Simply pick colours to match your garden scheme then protect from the elements by adding a coat of clear varnish. You can fill them with on-trend succulents or maybe some trailing foliage.

Terrazzo is a great way to add subtle pops of colour to your decor, and with this simple paint technique you can create a bespoke design. If you prefer a more neutral palette, swap bright shades for Mediterranean yellows and oranges or industrial blues and greys.

You may have some existing planters to jazz up or you could buy some brand new. If you’re doing a set then stick to odd numbers and stagger them at varying heights. Scroll on for an easy-to-follow step by step on how to decorate your pots, then head over to our garden design ideas for more outdoor inspiration. 


Terrazzo planters painted and filled with succulents

(Image credit: Rust-Oleum)


Give your plant pots a thorough clean with soapy water then leave to dry. Once dry, place a large dust sheet or some old newspapers in a well-ventilated area. 


Spray the pots with Rust-Oleum surface primer and leave to dry. Apply a thin coat of Chalky Finish furniture paint and allow to dry, before applying a second.


Dip the tip of a dry, stiff-bristled paintbrush into a pot of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch. Use your finger to flick small specks of paint all over the planters. Allow to dry completely.


Use a small, clean paintbrush and several different shades of Painter’s Touch to add a variety of coloured blobs in different shapes and sizes to form a terrazzo design. The more random the pattern, the better!


Finish your pots by applying two light coats of Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear protective coat spray to protect your planters. Leave to dry between each coat. Plant your finished pots with succulents and place in a sunny spot to admire. Head over to our how to grow succulents feature for top growing tips. 

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Teresa has worked as an Editor on a number of gardening magazines for three years now. As well as holding editorship of Easy Gardens magazine and Woman's Weekly gardening she has worked as the gardening specialist on a number of home magazines including Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Ideal Home, Living etc and Style At Home, so she is lucky enough to see and write about gardening across all sizes, budgets and abilities.

These years in the industry have meant that she has developed close working relationships with top garden designers and landscape architects having access to their projects and and expertise. Attending industry events such as Chelsea Flower Show and other garden openings and launches. Last year she was on the judging panel for the Society of Garden Designers awards and she continues to be this year too.

She recently moved into her first home and the garden is a real project! Currently she is relishing planning her own design and planting schemes. What she is most passionate about when it comes to gardening are the positive effects it has on our mental health to grow and care for plants. Keeping our patches alive with greenery is great for the environment too and help provide food and shelter for wildlife.