Settling on the right design is the hard part. You can choose any size of pot or planter to use. If you don’t have something in mind, peruse Internet sites for great ideas. Sketch your ideas out on a piece of cardboard or paper to make sure your design ideas will work. You don’t want to have to start the whole project from scratch because of improper planning or because some important details were not taken into account.
If you also will be including a particular plant in the pot, you can use paint color to complement the color of the plant that will grow in the pot. For example, the greenery of the plant can be augmented with a pot painted in blue or yellow. Using contrasting colors works well too. For example, you can paint the pot in colors that are on the opposite side of green on the color wheel, such as a shade of red. Think outside the box by painting the pot with metallic paint in rust, antique metal or gold or copper. Or use a specialty paint such as chalkboard paint to create designs that can be easily changed if need be.
You can take those color ideas to the next level by painting geometric shapes, such as polka dots or squares in different complementary or contrasting colors over a base color. Use words or images to create a pattern or a simple motif. Paint images on the pot with a mother’s day theme, such as May flowers or butterflies. Or spelling out a Mother’s Day message for mom is a good choice as well. You can use stencils to create shapes and letters for better precision than doing it freehand.
Don’t forget that you also can add features other than paint, such as decorative stones, mosaic tiles or other ornaments, or use a decoupage technique. Decoupage is an artistic method of pasting images you’ve cut out and collected onto a surface, not unlike a collage. You can find images you like in books, magazines, postcards, or gather images from the Internet. Trim images to fit and attach them in patterns, as a single image or cover the entire surface of the planter with your ideas.