DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters

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There are so many ways to paint a planter, I have done everything from ombre to gradient to splatter painted. But these color blocked DIY 80s leotard inspired leopard print planters are quite possible my new favorites! I mean what is not to love about leopard print, neons, and gold? Hahaha!

It’s an amalgam of 80’s fabulousness!

Part Lisa Frank, part 80’s jazzercise leotard and 100% perfection!

DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters
DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters

Materials to make your own DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters:


-Acrylic Paint

– Paint brushes

Black sharpie paint pen

Gold foil tattoo paper

DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters

Begin by painting your planter with the acrylic craft paint in a color block effect. The top one color and the bottom another. Once the paint is dry, use the black paint pen to draw on the leopard pattern.

You might think that a leopard pattern is too complicated to draw, but if you look at the print closely you can see that it is just a combo of small and large c’s and oblong dots. Practice on a scrap piece of paper first, but I promise it isn’t too difficult to recreate.

DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters

Once you have your pattern, cut a piece of the tattoo paper that fits around the planter and is appx. 1/4″ to 1/2″ wide. Peel away the plastic backing and adhere the strip to the planter. Then use a wet paper towl to soak the paper backing and slowly peel away the paper to reveal the gold banding.

DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters

Now repeat until you have a whole gaggle of leopard print beauties to fill with your favorite plants.

DIY 80s Leotard Inspired Leopard Print Planters

Now who else is feeling the need to jazzercise?!

For more planter ideas check out these memphis inspired planters, these marbled planters, and this terrazzo bowl planter.

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  1. Michelle

    February 13th, 2020 at 10:24 am

    These are so cute! I love 80’s stuff and love to see some things coming back!

  2. Tawny Leste-Carlson

    January 16th, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    AAAACK! SO DARN CUTE! I always paint (or stencil or glitter or foil ~ I’m one of those people who can’t leave things “plain”) my terra cotta pots and I have around 200 or so houseplants so I needed new ideas ~ I’ve stenciled leopard print, painted solid colors, but never combined the 2 like this and they’re AWESOME! I just happen to have a stash of plain pots, waiting until I have time to get to them, and NOW is the time! I hope they turn out as great as yours do. I love your whole site, btw! It literally brightens this lonely old lady’s day! XOXO


    January 22nd, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Awe! I am glad I could inspire you! Good luck with the painting project!



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