This pretty project easily displays your home number and adds colorful decor to the porch.

By Lynn Lilly
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While doing some spring cleaning, I realized I had a ton of old terra cotta pots that were dirty but not ready for the trash. I was also itching to use Folk Art's new Coastal Texture paint. It's an indoor/outdoor paint, leaves a stucco-like texture, and has a dreamy coastal feel! Pair this with the fact that the food delivery drivers can never find my house number – and you've got this DIY.


  • 3 sizes of terra cotta pots
  • Folk Art Coastal Paint and paint brush
  • Self-adhesive mailbox numbers
  • Flowers/plants and soil


  1. Clean dirt and debris off the terra cotta pots.
  2. Paint each pot a different color. The trick to getting the best texture with the Coastal paint is to dab it on, creating peaks and valleys. Put pots in the sun to dry and they will dry in 15-20 minutes. If you want to get really fancy, try multiple paint layers with sand in-between for texture!
  3. Fill the largest pot halfway with soil. Plant your flowers or plants around the edges. When selecting flowers or plants, think about the shape you want to create. I like to create a triangular shape that cascades out of my container. In the photo above, I used Creeping Jenny plants on the first level. You'll also want to be sure that you're choosing plants that like the same amount of sun and water.
  4. Put the middle pot into the large pot and fill any gaps in between the two pots with soil.
  5. Next, fill the middle pot halfway with soil. Add small plants/flowers around the edges.
  6. Fill the top pot with soil and flowers/plants. Insert it inside the middle pot.
  7. Fill any gaps between the middle and top pot with soil.

Remove the backings from the mailbox numbers and firmly press on the center of the base pot. If you are having issues with the numbers sticking, add a little glue to the back.