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Painting Terra Cotta Clay Pots

Terra cotta pots are inexpensive and can be painted and transformed into pretty decorative containers. This is a guide about painting terra cotta clay pots.


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November 8, 2010 Flag

I have SO many terra cotta pots that have just accumulated over the years. So like all my other craft projects, I decided through trial and error to explore the possibilities.


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  1. I had a large terra cotta pot. I painted it black. I gave it a few coats; 2-3 is ideal. I thought it would be perfect by my front door.
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  3. I decided, what better way to display my house number. So I went to the computer chose a font I liked and typed out No. and my house number. I printed it out, cut it out and then used it to trace it out on the terra cotta pot. I am sure there are easier (much easier) methods, but this one worked for me and my resources. I traced out the No. and the numbers and then used both a small paint brush and a tooth pick for some of the smaller details. I used a white paint we had on hand. I put some mums in the pot and I think it gives a very polished much more expensive look. Seriously, who would have guessed those were once plain terra cotta pots?
  4. I have done some smaller ones as well. Same concept, paint the pot with black enamel or whatever color you want. I used some vintage French stamps I had, stamped them in the white paint and applied to the front of the newly painted terra cotta pot. Again, so simple and the end result is so unexpected!
  5. By Amy from Wheaton

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    February 20, 20150 found this helpful

    The image on the flower pot looks like the Eiffel tower to me, not a light house! : )

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December 19, 2016 Flag

So easy, a much prettier way to display my orchid, and not time consuming to do. All you need is a clay pot and saucer, small bottle of acrylic paint, sponge brush, and rub on decals.

Paint your pot and saucer with sponge brush and paint and let it dry good. If needed after it dries do a second coat. Rub on your decals and hot glue your ribbon to the rim. It is now ready to plant.

I bought all I needed from a craft store for not much money at all. These are even good gift ideas when giving a plant to someone.

Total Time: About 30 minutes

Yield: The paint would do about 4 or more pots

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January 12, 20170 found this helpful

Very Pretty !!

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September 30, 2009 Flag

I like to dress up terra cotta pots with acrylic paints. One technique is to use three colors or more and a sponge. You only need a small squirt of each color, making it great for using those leftovers.

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April 11, 2006 Flag

Completed flowerpots.

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I love painted flowerpots, and I think in the spring they make a fun statement. One of the most popular outdoor motifs is watermelon. I have watermelon cups, plates, and pitchers, so I decided that I wanted to make watermelon flowerpots to match.


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September 17, 2011 Flag

Add plant to hand-painted pot

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Christmas (or any occasion) is getting closer, and it is time to start making some homemade gifts. This hand-painted terra cotta flower pot can make a nice gift for a colleague or friend.


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December 6, 2005 Flag

Clay pot gift.

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Easily make a beautiful pot for a plant. Everything you need to make it can be bought at Walmart craft dept. except the clay pot, that is the garden department.


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February 7, 2008 Flag

To decorate your clay pots and saucers for this gardening season, here is an idea: Pour some of the first color of paint into a paint tray. 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.

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January 8, 2016 Flag

Do you prime your flower pots before painting? I find with some colors I need to do multiple coats, not just 2-3, but more like 8-10 when using lighter colors that I want to cover most of the pot in. Do you recommend some sort of primer first?

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January 13, 20160 found this helpful

I usually prime my pots with Mod Podge first.

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July 15, 2014 Flag

Do you need special paint for terra cotta?


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May 12, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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April 22, 2014 Flag

How do I marblize a clay pot? If I paint it first with white, then put water in a tub, with spray paints of various colors, do I need to seal it or will the paint from the cans do that?

By Barb

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April 23, 20140 found this helpful

I use either modpodge or a spray can of clear sealer.

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April 16, 2008 Flag

I am doing the flowers for a wedding on May 17th. My sister-in-law (to be) wants mossy terra cotta pots. What is the best way to do this faux or not, in a month? Help! Thanks.

Cher from Provo, UT

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April 17, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Cher! These instructions are on HGTV. I hope they help!  _1370692,00.html

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April 18, 20080 found this helpful

Smear some plain yoghurt over them and leave them outside in a damp area. The moss forms as if by magic!

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April 19, 20080 found this helpful

With your time schedule spray paint the pots with mossy colored craft paint and then use spray glue or paint with tacky glue and roll in loose moss. I've covered green oasis blocks this way and it works great. You can buy thin sheets of plastic covered with moss, too, that you could wrap around pot, but the other way is a lot easier.

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September 15, 2013 Flag

I want to treat a terracotta pot with an effect that makes it looks like it has been submerged for centuries. Has anyone done this?

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September 2, 2009 Flag

Tired of those orange clay pots? Buy some acrylic paints and give them some color. Add a plant, and you can use them in-doors or out, plus have the enjoyment of a hobby. I did not take classes, just start experimenting, its fun and creative.

By Gardener10 from Santa Barbara, CA

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September 4, 20090 found this helpful

Wow! You're quite talented! I'll give your idea a try but mine will be simple doodles ;-)

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