Hand Painted Sprout Planters

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By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa

Get excited about living a healthy lifestyle with pretty hand painted planters to hold cress sprouts!

I committed recently to a healthier lifestyle. My norm used to be weekly runs to Taco Time, frequent binge watching of Netflix shows, the occasional walk on my lunch break to get out of the office, but not much else in the way of exercise. After realizing that while this lifestyle was easy, it was not making me feel very good about myself, something clicked in my brain and I became very determined to change. Enter the fun new healthy recipes, weird apartment-sized exercise equipment, and desperate attempt to make this drastic change a bit more convenient for myself. Although these little planters are just a small step in the right direction, they’re fun and they inspire me to make good choices every time I see them.

What you will need:

  • A few white bowls or mugs (I just picked mine up at Goodwill)
  • Glass Paint Pen
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls (or scrap batting)
  • Paper towels
  • An oven
  • Cress seeds (I got mine from Amazon)

Make sure to clean off the surface of your bowls before painting. Use a cotton swab with some alcohol to get the outside (and inside!!) completely clean, and dry with a paper towel.


Because my bowls were so shallow, I decided I needed a way to paint them upside-down, and a way to paint them without needing to touch the surface. That’s how this odd but very successful little contraption came to be.


Fish bowl-type vessel with a round hole on top, large ball of yarn, and my bowl. Like a snowman made of leftover craft supplies, wearing a hat.

Begin by drawing a design on your bowl with the Sharpie pen. If you mess up, it’s super easy to remove the paint with a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, just like removing nail polish from your finger (by the way, in a pinch, nail polish remover will also remove the paint just fine).


I actually decided after painting my entire bowl with this pattern that I hated how it looked and started completely over. Although I didn’t manage to get ALL the paint off (there were still leftover speckles and smudges because the paint had dried slightly by the time I decided I wanted to change it), I don’t mind how that looks. It just gives it a little more charm and makes the bowl look slightly more used and handmade.

After you are done painting your bowls with whatever patterns your heart desires, allow them to cool for 72 hours. I know, I know. This seems like an obscene amount of time. But trust me, if you want the paint to remain permanent enough for hand-washing (and that’s all I would recommend), PLEASE wait the 72 hours before baking.





Once that time is up and you’ve probably totally forgotten about this craft (I hope not!), place the bowls in a cold oven and preheat to 425°. Set your timer for 1 hour, and let the bowls sit inside the oven while it heats up.


After the timer goes off, turn off the oven and let the bowls cool completely inside. In fact, I’d recommend baking them at night and just letting them cool inside the oven overnight; they get REALLY hot and take a long time to cool, and you won’t want to be handling them until the paint has cooled down completely.

Next, grab your cotton balls and sort of loosen them up so they’re more like cotton pads, like this:


Do this with several cotton balls and place them in your (cooled) bowls.


I filled both bowls nearly to the top, but you’re going to need to soak the cotton balls thoroughly with water, which will cause them to shrink substantially, and is totally fine. They just need something absorbent to sit on top of.

Sprinkle a sparse layer of seeds on top.


Your little seeds will sprout very quickly, and the resulting greens are delicious on salads, sandwiches, or (my favorite), avocado toast!

DIY Painted Sprout Planters

One step closer to a healthy life, and doing it with something that makes me smile!

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About Alyssa

Hello! My name is Alyssa. I am a, as they say, “real girl” crafter. I make stuff for my home that virtually anyone can make, no matter their crafting experience or expertise. I love practical, beautiful home décor that often does double-duty, and include the crafting mistakes I make so you can avoid making them in the future. We all mess up, so embrace it! I find inspiration in things with hefty price tags, usually followed by the famous last words, “I could make that.” I love the outdoors, live music, my sisters, and admiring strangers’ dogs from afar. Although I currently reside in Seattle, I’m a small-town girl at heart who can often be found daydreaming in front of my office computer or on the couch with my overbearingly affectionate cat, Kristoff, who, if he’s lucky, will receive a very weird-looking, hand-crafted kitten sweater sometime in the future.

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