Making a Terra Cotta Turtle Planter

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Take regular terra cotta pots and transform them with paint into this whimsical turtle. This is a page about making a terra cotta turtle planter.


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This is my take on an indoor/outdoor friendly planter. I wanted something fun looking to display on my porch during the warm months and as a decorative piece too for indoors during those cooler days. Meet Todd the turtle.


  • 8 inch terra-cotta saucer
  • 6 inch terra-cotta saucer
  • 4 2 inch terra-cotta pots
  • spray paint
  • craft paints
  • spray sealer
  • paint brushes
  • pebble size rocks
  • succulent plant
  • glue gun


  1. Take your 8 inch saucer and your 4 -2 inch pots to start with. With saucer facing up, arrange the 4 pots in a square close to the edge of the saucer. Making sure it is square, hot glue the pots small end/down. This is the shell and legs of your turtle.
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  3. To make the face, I used wood disks I had on hand, gluing several together for face and neck. Spray paint and allow to dry.
  4. Take your 6 inch saucer and spray paint and allow to dry. This is used as a planter.
  5. To give my turtle a realistic look, I added a combo of craft paints, googly eyes, and then sealed with sealer.
  6. Finally I added pebbles and a succulent.
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