It's almost time to hit the nursery and pick up some splendid starts, flowers, seeds, and more for spring. But if you're like me, you might be facing a small problem: most of your gardening containers are pretty drab. Let's face it: nice flowerpots are expensive, and not everyone wants to shell out the big bucks for a fancy pot. Luckily, you can make your own gorgeous garden accessories for deliciously low prices.

Painted pots

Photo: ConcordCottage

If you're feeling grim this spring, these will definitely brighten things up a bit — for only $1 per pot! The neon paint on these flowerpots counter bright flowers with a punch.

Chalkboard painted flower pots

Photo: Laura Trevey/Bright Bold and Beautiful

Use chalkboard stickers or chalkboard paint to decorate and label your pots. (And you don't have to limit your efforts to herbs, although these do look charming.)

Address pots

Photo: Curb Alert!

If you've been wanting an offbeat way to show off your house number, have you considered displaying it on your flowerpots? Just make sure neighborhood kids don't scramble them for fun and confuse the UPS driver!

Terra cotta transfer pot

Transfers actually take really well to terra cotta. If you'd like some frou-frou French-inspired flowerpots, it's easy to make your own. Just print out the graphic, cover the printed side with Mod Podge, and peel the paper off after it has dried overnight.

Tissue paper transfer pot

Photo: ArtsyVaVa

You can also transfer with tissue paper and Mod Podge. To print on tissue paper, wrap and tape the tissue paper around a regular piece of paper. Make sure to seal these flowerpots well so the patterns don't bleed. Tissue paper can also be used to add texture.

Gold leaf arrow pots

Photo: Angie/Crafts Unleashed

It's not as difficult as you'd think to add gold leaf designs to your flowerpots. Check out this step-by-step tutorial.

Doe stencil pot

Photo: Tara/Hometalk

Stencils are a great way for simple, elegant designs. These doe flowerpot is understated and totally classy (but the only deer you want in your garden).

Katie Marks originally wrote this story for Networx.com. It is republished with permission here.

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