Paint the Best Star Pilot Planters in the Galaxy

Spring into action with these Star Wars-inspired DIY flower pots.

Who really is the best star pilot in the galaxy? Star Wars Rebels’ Hera Syndulla? “One hell of a pilot” Poe Dameron? Or maybe that scoundrel Han Solo? It’s okay if you can’t pick just one — you can choose all three with this craft honoring the best pilots in the galaxy.

These painted pots put the perfect Star Wars spin on your springtime plants with subtle homages to your favorite pilots.

Three DIY painted pots add a Star Wars spin with subtle homages to your favorite pilots with Han Solo and Poe Dameron action figures.

What You’ll Need*

  • 3 medium-sized terra cotta clay pots
  • Acrylic paint
    • Black
    • Red
    • Silver
    • Gold
    • Navy blue
    • Forest green
    • Light green
    • Orange
    • Grey
    • Dark brown
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes

*The activities in this article should only be done with adult supervision.

Get Started!

Poe Dameron pilots a starfighter in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A DIY painted Star Wars themed pot with a Poe Dameron action figure.

Poe Dameron

Step 1: Begin by using the painter’s tape to mark the triangle and thin rectangle shapes on Poe’s X-wing helmet. Paint the shapes red, and let dry.

A pot taped up and painted to make it Star Wars themed with a paint brush and tray of paint next to it.

Step 2: Use the painter’s tape to create the rounded rectangle to right of the red shapes, and paint it silver. Let dry.

An upside-down terracotta pot painted gold on the bottom with a tray of paint behind it.

Step 3: Paint the bottom of the pot with the gold paint, making a stripe about an inch wide around the bottom edge. Let dry.

A terracotta pot painted black with red stripes to make it Star Wars themed, with a tray of paint and paint brushes next to it.

Step 4: Once the stripes and shapes are all dry, paint the rest of the flower pot black, and set aside to dry. (You may need more than one coat for best coverage.)

Han inspects the underside of the Millennium Falcon.

A DIY painted Star Wars themed pot with a Han Solo action figure.

Han Solo

Step 1: With the silver paint, paint Han’s hexagonal belt buckle shape in the top rim of the pot. Let dry.

Step 2: Paint the rest of the top rim a dark brown for Han’s belt, and let dry.

Step 3: Draw a rectangle shape with rounded corners on the painter’s tape, and carefully cut it out. This will be your template for the stripes on Han’s pants.

Step 4: Trace five more rounded rectangle shapes for a total of six, and cut them out of the tape. Place the stripes evenly down either side of the pot.

An upside-down terracotta pot painted with blue stripes and black on the bottom, and brushes and a tray of paint behind it.

Step 5: Paint the bottom of the pot with the black paint, making a stripe about an inch wide around the bottom edge. Let dry.

Step 6: Paint the rest of the flower pot navy blue. (Don’t completely cover the tape stripes, but you can paint on the edges of them.) More than one coat may be needed. Let dry.

A terracotta pot painted blue with red stripes to make it Star Wars themed, with a tray of paint and a paintbrush next to it.

Step 7: Remove the taped stripes, and paint the stripes red. Let all paint dry completely.

Hera salutes in Star Wars Rebels.

A terracotta pot painted blue, orange, and black for a Star Wars themed with a plant in it.

Hera Syndulla

A terracotta pot with the top painted green next to a paintbrush and a tray of paint.

Step 1: Paint the top ¼ of the flower pot forest green, bringing the paint just below the top rim. Let dry.

An upside-down terracotta pot painted orange, brown, grey, and green with a paintbrush and trays of paint behind it.

Step 2: Paint a grey strip about one inch thick below the forest green one, and let dry.

Step 3: Paint the bottom of the pot orange (the color of Hera’s flight suit), bringing the paint about one inch above the bottom edge. Let dry.

Step 4: Paint the rest of the pot dark brown, and let dry.

A terracotta pot painted brown, grey, and green with a paintbrush and trays of paint behind it.

Step 5: Use the light green paint and a thin paint brush to paint the designs on Hera’s lekku on the forest green part of the pot. Let completely dry.

As Melinda Wolf helpfully notes in the comments below, use clear acrylic sealant on the inside and outside of each pot after the acrylic paint has completely dried. Let the sealant dry for a few days before adding soil and a plant.

Three DIY painted pots decorated with a Star Wars spin and plants in them.

Your flower pots are ready to jump into the cockpit! Well, not quite, but they are ready to put a stylish spin on your window sill or outdoor garden.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox, and take a look at her blog the st{art} button for more Star Wars art projects and craft ideas.

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