*Today’s post is from our newest contributor and my late night text buddy, Emily McAllister the funny, talented woman behind the blog Chasing Ayden and store Ayden’s Rose.*

Love is in the air, and so is Spring time! When I think of Spring I think of flowers, bright colors, warm weather, the smell of fresh-cut grass, sunshine days and all-around cheeriness. Did you just have a moment? Me too.

Painted Pot DIY for Spring

These DIY flower pots are the perfect way to welcome Spring, and they’re not only fun and easy, but super cost-effective (my favorite). If you have little ones, buy a few extra pots so they can play too.

What you will need:
-Clay flower pots in varying sizes, (I found mine at Lowes, but check your local dollar store)
-Paints (I used Martha Stewart craft paint)
-Gold leaf paint
-Potting soil
-Succulents
-Washi tape (optional)

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

1. Paint  yo’ pots
Having an extra pot for my daughter Ayden to paint, proved to be a genius move. She loved crafting with me, and I was able to paint my own pots without her trying to ‘help’.

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

OR dip yo’ pots

I have been wanting to try this method for a while, and I love the water-color look that it produced. Fill a container with watered down paint of choice and dip pot in sections, starting from the bottom up. It will create a light-to-dark ombre effect.

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

2. Fill ‘em up

I have a secret. I found these succulents growing in my neighborhood. There is an abundance of them in Southern California, and thy grow back fast and easily. They also take to soil easily. I say no harm, no foul. (My husband keeps calling me a succulent thief.) :-/

Painted Pots DIY. Perfect burst of color for Spring. http://chasingayden.com/painted-pot-DIY

3. Enjoy!

I am super happy with how these turned out! I love the bright colors, and they make me smile, (that’s the point, right?) I hope you have fun making your Spring painted pots! (I used washi tape to accent the top of my ‘dipped’ pot. The possibilities are truly endless).

xo, Em

Thanks so much, Em! Don’t forget you can find Emily on her blog, shop, or IG