Painted Terra Cotta Pots

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.


All you need is:

  • a terra cotta pot (or half a dozen if you get obsessed!)
  • some black enamel paint
  • a paint brush or foam brush (I used a foam brush)
  • rubber gloves (if you are concerned about your hands getting dirty. Me? not so much!),
  • decorating tools (stamps, white paint, small paint brush)


  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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. By Amy from Wheaton


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November 10, 20100 found this helpful

I love it!! Novel and classic! Thank you so much for sharing! AND keep creating!

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November 10, 20100 found this helpful

I have a few of those pots and wondered what I could do different with them. What a great idea!

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

Those are beautiful. Your front porch looks just like mine. I was noticing also the flower box on your window sill. Something I never would have thought of. Did you make it also? If so, can you give instructions for that? Thank you for sharing.

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June 18, 20140 found this helpful

I cannot find the instructions for making the terrra cotta lighthouse with the smaller pots. I find the picture of the yard lighthouse but not how to put it together. Please help. thank you. kass @

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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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February 22, 20150 found this helpful

Oh, how beautiful these are. Going to try this in the Spring.

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February 25, 20180 found this helpful

Make sure you seal the inide of the pot. Moisture from the inside will seep through the pot and peal the paint off the outside.


Any ceramic or terra cotta that will be outside or come in contact with moisture must be sealed both sides to give the piece longevity.

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June 22, 20190 found this helpful

What is the wood on your steps and porch? I just love it!! Do you live in a humid area?
What did you stain it with?
I have been looking for the correct paint for terra cota planters Thank You.
Have they been Pre soaked?

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