How to Make a Marbled Metal Planter

Customize your potted plants with this DIY planter using paint marbling!

How to Make a Marbled Metal Planter
How to Make a Marbled Metal Planter
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Your houseplants deserve a little style, that's why you need to learn How to Make a Marbled Metal Planter! Paint marbling is a super fun and unique technique that creates one-of-a-kind pieces. This project is great to make for a housewarming gift or just to spruce up your indoor garden. You can really let your creative juices flow with this project, because you can combine whatever colors your heart desires to create a design that is all your own. These planters will make your houseplants really pop, and you're going to love it.

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Main MaterialPaint


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • FolkArt ® Marbling Paint - White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Marbling Paint - Sour Apple, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Marbling Paint - Yellow, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Finishes - Clearcote™ Aerosol Acrylic Sealer - Matte, 12 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Marbling Paint - Sour Apple, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Marbling Paint - Yellow, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Finishes - Clearcote™ Aerosol Acrylic Sealer - Matte, 12 oz.
  • Galvanized tin planter
  • Waxed paper
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable cups
  • White distilled vinegar


  1. Prepare the galvanized tin planter by washing it in warm, soapy water. Rinse well and allow to dry.

  2. Next, wipe the exterior of the planter with a paper towel moistened with white distilled vinegar to ensure that the metal surface is thoroughly clean and free of any soap residue.

  3. Protect your work surface by placing a sheet of waxed paper over it.

  4. Using the Direct Pour Technique, squeeze a small amount of White onto the rim area of the metal planter while holding it over the waxed paper. Working quickly and while still wet, squeeze a small amount of Sour Apple and Yellow along the rim area too. Gently tilt the planter from side to side to allow the paints to slightly swirl and create marbleized patterns.

  5. When the entire surface is covered, carefully set the planter on a riser such as a tin can or disposable cup to keep the planter from making direct contact with your work surface while the Marbling paint is drying. 

  6. Marbling paint will dry within 24 hours and will be cured within 48 hours.

  7. Once cured, spray the painted surface with FolkArt Clear Acrylic Sealer. 

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