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Clay flower pots can be used in a wide variety of craft projects. This is a guide about clay pot craft projects.


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Terra Cotta Clay Pot Gumball Machine

Terra Cotta Clay Pot Gumball Machine

These are really cute gift ideas and look cute on your kitchen counter. Very cheap to do.

Approximate Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1


  • 1 clay pot ($1.00)
  • 1 clay pot base ($.5)
  • 1 glass type bowl to fit the bottom of clay pot ($1.00)
  • 1 small Styrofoam ball ($5)
  • 1 green ribbon ($1.00)
  • 2 red and white acryclic paint ($1.00)
  • 1 glue ($50)
  • 1 paint brush ($50)
  • 1 bag of candy ($1.00)


  1. Paint your terra cotta pot red and the lid as well. Also paint your little stryofoam ball. Let dry.
  2. Paint on snow flakes with white paint. Put clay pot upside down before next step.
  3. Glue your glass bowl to the bottom of your terra cotta pot with the open part of the bowl at the top for adding candy. Let dry well.
  4. Glue your little Styrofoam ball to the top part of your pot lid. Let dry well.
  5. Then add your candy into your glass bowl and place your lid on the top of your bowl.
  6. Tie a green ribbon around your pot and it is done.

By coville123 [326]

By tracy

Tip: Decorative Plaque From Clay Saucer

painted clay pot saucer with butterflyI spray painted the bottom of the clay pot saucer white and added a body tattoo butterfly. I wrote "Welcome Friends" with a gold paint pen and sprayed a top coat of silicone.

You can also make a chain of them, using three saucers, hot glue picture eye hooks to the back and string on heavy rope. Start from bottom plate because you have to double loop rope or tie knots so plates don't slip down.

By Moonseekerjade from Onset, MA

Tip: Flower Pot Snowman

Flower Pot SnowmanTo make this recycled snowman: paint flower pots white. Hot glue medium one on top of large one. Paint paper plate holder black, glue black flower pot on top of plate holder then to med pot. Decorate with scrap pieces for scarf, add eyes, and attach orange painted knob for nose.

By Gretta from Wayne, OK

Clay Pot Water Fountain Craft Project

This cute clay pot craft is painted and stacked to look like a water fountain. You can place the water fountain outside a doll house or just use it as a place to put change. If you want to get fancy, try adding some lighter blue paint the the regular blue to give it a rushing water look.

Approximate Time: 10 minutes without drying time


  • (2) terra cotta craft pots (2 inch each)
  • (1) terra cotta pot plate (2.5 inch)
  • (1) terra cotta pot plate (1.5 inch)
  • forest green paint
  • apple green paint
  • blue paint
  • paintbrush
  • glue


  1. Paint the large plate and one pot green, as shown in the first picture. Let dry.
  2. Clay Pot Water Fountain

  3. Use a light green to paint a curvy line around the pot and plate. Use small dabs to create leaves, as shown in the second picture. Let dry.
  4. Clay Pot Fountain2

  5. Glue the plate over the pot, as shown in picture 3. Paint the inside of the plate blue. Let dry.
  6. Clay Pot Fountain3

  7. Paint the small plate and second pot blue as shown in the fourth picture. Let dry.
  8. Clay Pot Fountain4

  9. Glue the pot and plate onto the larger plate and pot, as shown in the final picture. Let dry. You know have a clay pot, mini water fountain.
  10. Clay Pot Water Fountain5

By Aysha from Boise, ID

Crafts Using Terra Cotta Flower Pots

terra cotta flower pot personTerra cotta flower pots are an excellent choice for making a variety of crafts both for your home and garden. This is a guide about crafts using terra cotta flower pots.

Tip: Clay Angel Candleholder

Clay AngelThis candleholder is made from a terra cotta flower pot and saucer. I have a rubber stamp of the angel, which I pressed into some scrap polymer clay and baked to make a mold. I then pressed terra cotta polymer clay into the mold, cut out the angel and put the pot on its side in the oven, with the angle "fitted" to it, so it had the perfect curve for the pot. I glued everything together (as shown) and spray with polyurethane.

By Louise from Center Point, TX

Clay Pot Canisters

Clay pot canisters painted in blues.Here is a cute set of cannisters made from clay pots and trays.


  • 1 - 6 in. pot and drip tray (bottoms)
  • 1 - 4 in. pot and drip tray
  • 1 - 3 in. pot and drip tray
  • paint
  • 3 wooden balls
  • stencils for pictures (if you need it or you can free hand it)
  • hot glue and gun


  1. Paint pots and bottoms any color you want.
  2. Then paint wooden balls to match pots, let dry.
  3. Paint on your picture. Let dry.
  4. Glue wooden balls on pots.
  5. You can seal them with sealer if you like.

You can also use any size pots you want. These are just the ones I chose.

By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

Pilgrim Hat

Clay pot pilgrim hat.These cute little pilgrim hats make great place cards for your Thanksgiving table that guests can take with them.

Approximate Time: About 30 minutes


  • 3 inch terra cotta flower pot
  • black acrylic paint
  • blue, red, or green acrylic paint
  • black craft foam
  • yellow craft foam
  • foam brush or paint brush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • craft glue
  • black permanent marker


  1. Using a sponge brush or paint brush, paint the entire pot black and allow it to dry.

  2. Choose a color to paint the band around the top of the pot (blue, red, green, etc.). Let it dry.

  3. Cut a circle from black foam. Cut it about 1/2 inch wider all around than the pot opening. You can use an appropriate size lid, dish, or cup to trace.

  4. Place a small amount of glue on the rim of the pot and glue onto the black foam circle.

  5. To make the buckle, measure the width of the band of the pot (the portion painted a different color). Cut a rectangle out of foam that measures about 1/8 inch deeper than the band on the pot. Glue it to the band. Let the glue dry.

  6. Use a black permanent marker to write the guest's name on the colored band, and allow it to dry before using.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

Easter Bunny Candy Dish

Terra cotta bunny candy dish.Make a cute bunny candy dish for Easter. Spray paint a terracotta clay pot and saucer white (any size you desire is acceptable). Sponge paint the interior of the saucer with a spring color if you desire (I suggest petunia pink, daffodil yellow, grass green, lovely lavender, or a light turquoise).

Paint a bunny face. (Use black Sharpie for easy control and precision when drawing the face.) Paint a heart shaped nose and lightly dab a bit of paint/blush on his cheeks using your middle finger.

Decorate a straw hat with leftover artificial blossoms, eggs, or what have you. Curl 2 ears from foam and attach with glue. Place hat jauntily on bunny head, fill with your favorite candy (purchased on sale and with a coupon of course!) and enjoy.
Make these using miniature pots for teacher gifts. They are adorable!

By Diana from Prospect, KY

Tip: Craft: Terra Cotta Pot Tables

Pots and drip sauces used to make tables.This is just to show you another project you can do with the terra cotta pots. You do the same as the bird bath, just turn the top tray upside down and it is a table. I don't like the blue, I made these for my daughter and this is what she wanted, you can put a Plexiglas top on it and they make nice patio tables.

By Sheri from Stockton, CA

Here's the bird bath:

Easy Clay Pot Topiary

This quick and easy clay pot craft uses a green pom-pom and fake flowers to make a decorative topiary bush. A great kids craft that can also make a cute addition to any Barbie/Bratz home or dollhouse. Easy Clay Pot Topiary

Approximate Time: 10 minutes


  • clay pot - 2 inches tall
  • green pom-poms - 2 - 3 inches big
  • stick - 4 or 5 inches long, thin
  • white fake flowers - 18 to 24 - 1/4 inch big
  • blue and white ribbon - 1 inch thick, 6 inches long
  • craft glue
  • blue paint
  • paintbrush


  1. Paint the clay pot blue, both inside and out, as shown in the "Step 1" picture. Let paint dry.
  2. Easy Clay Pot Topiary Step 1

  3. Add a band of decoration around the wide rim. You can paint the decoration, or use some glue and ribbon, wallpaper, shelf paper, wrapping paper, or whatever you want. Just make sure to keep it looking like a decorative "band", and not a ribbon and bow. I used a blue and white ribbon. I pulled it tight and glued it in a flat band around the clay pot, as shown in the "Step 2" picture. Once finished decorating, let paint or glue dry.
  4. Easy Clay Pot Topiary Step 2

  5. Glue the bottom of the stick to a green pom-pom. Drizzle a little glue on the end and push it in the pom-pom, then let dry.
  6. Glue the pom-pom inside the clay pot, as shown in the "Step 3" picture. Easy Clay Pot Topiary Step 3

  7. Glue the second pom-pom on top of the the stick, making a tree trunk and tree. Remember to press the pom-pom onto the stick so it glues securely, as shown in the picture. Let the glue dry.
  8. Use stickers, paint, beads, or fake flowers to decorate the pom-pom "bush". I used tiny, white, fake flowers and a little craft glue. Glue decorations to pom-pom as shown in the finished project picture. Let glue dry.


Make two of these as formal decorations outside a fancy dollhouse castle or as a decorative plant in the corner of a Barbie doll mansion. You can make the "trunk" part as short or as long as you want, so it's easy to customize for whatever the exact scale. The stick can be real wood, wire, a chenille stem, or whatever you want.

As long as everything is glued properly, the item should put up with a fair amount of abuse and still last. If something does end up falling off, though, it's always easy to fix. Pom-poms are also great for sucking up fragrant oils and making them last a little longer, so sprinkle a little on one to help freshen up a room.

By Aysha from Boise, ID

Tip: Two Color Clay Pots

To decorate your clay pots and saucers for this gardening season, here is an idea:


  • two colors latex paint
  • 1 clay pot and saucer
  • 2 paint trays or flat containers with a 2 inch rim around the edge
  • newspaper
  • latex gloves


  1. Lay newspaper on ground and set paint tray on newspaper for easy clean-up.
  2. Pour some of the first color of paint into a paint tray.
  3. Turn the clay pot upside down and dip the rim of the clay pot into paint then turn the clay pot right side up and let paint run down the edge of pot. Let dry.
  4. Next day, pour the second color of paint into paint tray, follow same procedure for this color paint (dipping clay pot rim into paint then let paint run down the edge of clay pot over the first color of paint).
  5. Do clay saucer same way to match.
  6. Let dry before potting your plant in your newly decorated pot and saucer.

You can match room decor with your paint colors plus using left-over paint you may already have. This will help save our environment too.

By Linda from Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Here are questions related to Clay Pot Craft Projects.

Question: Painting Terra Cotta Pots

Do you need special paint for terra cotta?



Most Recent Answer

By harleysmom199705/12/2015

Just plain acrylic will do, they sell special paint but don't waste your money on it. The terra is so porous that regular paint will hold. If you use a black matte finish paint it will make your pot like a chalkboard without spending extra money on special paint.

Question: Where to Get Clay Pots for Crafts?

Where can I find clay pots for crafts? I want to order in bulk at wholesale prices. I need assorted sizes.

By Linda

Most Recent Answer

By mcw [80]08/16/2011
I've seen a lot of clay pots at garage and also estate sales. You can get them pretty cheap and if they are discolored, they can be spray painted.