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DIY Copper Patina Clay Pot Succulent Planter

I have to admit, it doesn’t feel much like May around here.

Normally by the end of April, the rainy days are heavily mixed with warm, sunny spring weather. But not this year. It’s grey and cool and rainy and we haven’t made much progress on our yard or gardens, aside from working on our deck and lawn project.

This year things definitely feel a little behind, so I was thrilled when the sun broke for a day and I got to spend some time at my favourite local nursery picking out some sweet little succulents to put in my new  DIY copper patina clay pot.

Isn’t this little gal cute? Not only was it a super easy DIY, but it was super affordable as well. You can pick up these 6″ clay pots just about anywhere; I got this one at my local Dollarama. And although the Modern Masters Metal Effects paint is a bit more of an investment, I have literally used mine on a ton of projects {it lasts forever!}.

I think this copper patina clay pot succulent planter would be a perfect gift idea for a Mom or Grandma, a teacher, friend, or coworker… but I love it so much that I just might be keeping this one for myself.

Today I’ve joined up with some lovely and talented blogging friends for the Outdoor Extravaganza, hosted by my friend Shauna from Satori Design for Living. This is my third year participating in this fun outdoor series, and I’m super excited to see what everyone else has to share!


To make this I used:

–  6″ clay pot
Modern Masters Copper Patina Paint (primer, copper paint, and green patina)
– succulents

If you’ve been following for any length of time, you have likely seen me use this Copper Patina Metal Effects paint before. In fact, I’m kind of obsessed with it. It’s such a simple process to add a gorgeous finish. Start with one coat of the metal primer, followed by two coats of the copper paint.

 After the second coat has dried briefly, you simply spritz on the green patina solution and then give it time. As it dries, a beautiful green copper patina will appear…

I let the pot dry overnight, and then filled it with a pretty combination of grass and succulents that I found at my local nursery.


The Metal Effects copper patina paint is perfect for both indoor and outdoor projects, and will naturally patina over time if left outdoors.

Want to try this yourself? You might need…

And, as I mentioned, today I’ve joined up with some super talented bloggers who are all sharing Outdoor Projects around the theme of Plants and Flowers! Check out these fabulous ideas!!

How to Give a Basic Clay Pot a Beautiful Copper Patina Finish by The Happy Housie

Faux Succulent Bird Cage Planter by Making it in the Mountains

Tomato Sauce Garden Gift Basket by Satori Design for Living

Paint Dipped Succulent Log Planter by The DIY Mommy

Front Porch Planters by Craftberry Bush

Spring Patio Flowers by Elliven Studio

The Best Tip for Filling Large Planters by So Much Better with Age

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  1. Please be careful working with green-blue copper patina. It is copper acetate and similar compounds, which are relatively soluble and can cause dermatitis with repeated skin contact. As it is toxic, if it’s absorbed in low concentrations through the skin, it can contribute to a variety of subtle malaise-type symptoms such as headache, nausea & lowered heartrate. The tiny copper flecks in the painted surface if in regular contact with skin, especially sweaty skin, risk this especially.

    Additionally, copper is a heavy metal and contaminates soil & bioaccumulates in many plants & organisms, and particularly toxic to waterways downstream of drains, so you don’t want too many of these pots out in the rain without a clear sealant. The soluble patina and the paint copper flecks are much less stable than the metal.

  2. Oh my word! This is lovely and you couldn’t have chosen a more complimentary colour for the plants! I’m going to give this a try! Love it!

  3. That’s so pretty, Krista! I can see why you are obsessed with the stuff! Spring (and by spring I mean the sun) better get here soon!
    Hugs, Jamie

  4. It’s definitely been a late spring. I looked at pictures from last year and our shrubs and trees were filled out much more. Here’s hoping the rest of the season is beautiful! I think getting started on any outdoor project helps get the ball rolling. Love how your pots turned out, and you know succulents are my thing. Glad to have you on board once again!

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