Planter Banter: How to Paint Ceramics + Transform a Cookie Jar into a Cat Planter

How to Paint Ceramics + Transform a Cookie Jar into a Cat Planter

I’ve had this ceramic cat cookie jar for years. Seriously…YEARS! And it resurfaced again when we moved to the new studio. So I decided to give this little guy an update, and turn him into a planter.

Why? Well, two reasons really. 1) Cats are the official mascot of the┬áinternet. 2) Let’s face it, I don’t really need a cookie jar anyway because the cookies are never around long enough to make it into a cookie jar. SO, planter it is!

And while it wasn’t necessary to give him a new paint job before adding a plant, I wasn’t a fan of the brownish green color. So, I grabbed some paint and primer…and here we are! The process of painting over store-bought ceramics is pretty painless. So I thought I’d share a quick tutorial, along with some photos of the upcycled cat planter…

FYI – Here’s what this little guy looked like before…

How to Paint Ceramics + Transform a Cookie Jar into a Cat Planter

Materials:

  • large upcycled cookie jar (mine was a $7 thrift store find)
  • primer
  • sandpaper
  • flat interior paint
  • paint brushes
  • small rag
  • gloss finish (optional)

How to Paint Ceramics + Transform a Cookie Jar into a Cat Planter

Instructions:

1. Make sure the ceramic container is clean and free of debris. You don’t want any dust, dirt, etc on the surface. Then paint two coats of primer over the entire surface, with a paint brush… Being sure to sandpaper in between coats (then wipe clean with a dry rag).

2. Next, add 1-2 coats of colorful paint, for the base. I chose lilac.

How to Paint Ceramics + Transform a Cookie Jar into a Cat Planter

3. Once dry, begin painting the detail areas with a smaller paint brush. Wait for the paint to dry.

4. If desired, add a gloss finish for a shinier look. I skipped this option because I like the matte finish.

5. Add a plant! All done.

How to Paint Ceramics + Transform a Cookie Jar into a Cat Planter

Have any ceramics that could use a makeover like this one? What other household items could your use this technique for?

9 comments | Click here to reply

OOh! I may have to do this. I love any crafts that involve buying something cheap from a thrift store and remaking it into a one-of-a-kind houseware.

Abby

Haha. I hear that, Abby. Glad this post inspired you.

Brittni

This is such a cute idea, I do need to hit the thrift stores!
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Michelle

Thanks Michelle.

Brittni

Cute kitty! You’ve just opened up so many possibilities & I’m now itching to go thrifting & try out this technique.

m.e.

How cute!!! It’s estate sale and tag sale season now so I’m hoping to pick up some gems to redo like this!! =)

Melanie@Toots + Dill

This is really good advice for painting pottery! It’s really important to follow through with all the preliminary steps in order to achieve the most optimal results, especially when it comes to making the perfect ceramic pieces. Awesome post! Thanks so much for sharing!

Morgan

Your comments about the cookie jar are hilarious. The planter idea was a nice recovery.

Christina

I absolutely love that shade of lilac. Really makes your (new) planter pop! Re-purposing household objects is one of my favorite DIY things to do, so thanks for sharing!

Heather
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