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Hand Painted Clay Pots


Here is a fun weekend project that will get your house or garden looking great.


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Skill Level- Beginner


Under-Over Rating- Under $25/Over 1 hr


Tools and Materials

Clay pot

Painters tape

Paint brush

Martha Stewart small project terra cotta paint


Step 1:  Start by figuring out what design you are going to make and then begin taping it off with your painters tape. I went with a very simple triangle and diamond design but let your imagination run wild.


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Step 2:  Once you have your design all positioned, it’s time to start painting. Start by putting a nice even layer of paint on all of the exposed areas. Keep in mind that you can create a different look just by changing the direction of the brush stroke. The terra cotta paint has a sandy texture so you are able to see the direction that the brush goes.


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Step 3:  Right after your finished painting you will remove all of the tape. It’s best if you remove it before the paint dries. If you wait too long the tape may take some of your design with it. If you’re going to paint a large pot you might want to paint it in sections. The terra cotta paint dries pretty fast so learn from my mistakes and do it in sections.


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Step 4:  Let dry



Here is a large good earth clay pot with two different color paints.


 Clay pot lavendar.jpg


Here is a small standard clay pot with one color.



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I also have a video showing you how I made the smaller one. Click her to see the video


This is a very quick easy way to brighten up your patio or your garden window.


So next time you have a couple of hours to play. Take a trip to your local Home Depot and pick up the supplies and then take some pictures of your creations and post them here on the community.   



I look forward to seeing all of your great terracotta pots.

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Posted 2012-03-16T22:01:13+0000  by Christine_HD_OC Christine_HD_OC

Your home is where you can put the imprint of choices.Really done nice job there.The display you present for us is inspiring and very professional.My wife tell me about this to see and i see really awesome.This is really helpful to take nice ideas to make your home more beautiful.

Posted 2012-11-20T16:34:38+0000  by Anderson8100

What an truly innovative idea!   Had no idea these pots could be painted... but they are soooo much more attractive with your embellishments!  


Last week I purchsaed 3 clay pots on clearance as they were chipped, and now I will be able to paint them which will help to camoflage(sp?) the chips.  So, this happily is totally perfect timing! 


I haven't done many creative projects in years as I've always felt I missed the artistic gene.   Tried many different types of crafting,  but all efforts were a problematic struggle and I was always disappointed with the end results.  However, just about a month ago I decided to try a few projects... and in fact relearned how to crochet and just finished a small blanket that I'm actually happy with.   What great timing!


Gardening is my first love tho, so I am looking forward to customizing my pots, then transplant some young plants I have to help them get thru the winter.   Do you have any hints or tips you can share on the painting?   Last time I painted anything was in a ceramics class I took in approx. 1990!   Anything would be very much appreciated!!


Thank you so much for sharing your incredible idea!!


Happy Holidays!  Linda

Posted 2012-12-05T02:23:48+0000  by catladylgc

Terracotta Pot Up-Cycle



Terracotta pots are a staple in The Home Depot garden department they are stacked in piles and displayed for sale throughout the year, they are simply my favorite pot. 

“Terracotta” is an Italian term for baked earth, clay earthenware has been in existence for a far back as records have been kept, and I have read that shards of clay were found among the bone remains of the Woolly Mammoth, clay vessels are the first utilitarian fabricated objects.

Terracotta pots are the classic planter, the silhouette of a rimmed clay pot is a timeless design, and the pots fit with any décor inside or out. The Home Depot sells (literally) tons of clay pots.

I love terracotta pots old or new, fresh from the store or encrusted in moss and from my experience; all plants thrive in terracotta pots. Clay pots are porous which allows airflow to promote good root health, along with an excellent evaporation process, plants benefit from being planted in clay pots.

I recently up-cycled a series of terracotta pots, with just a few simple ingredients I added a bit of texture to the new clay pots I picked up at the Home Depot, the pots are finished with a coat of chalk paint by Behr.

Behr Chalk Decorative Paint can be mixed to any color, the colors on the pallet are beautiful the paint can be mixed to match any existing color you desire. I chose to have the chalk paint mixed to my favorite neutral, Swiss Coffee, a perfect winter white, to match a picture frame grouping I painted last winter.

Step 1. Wrap the burlap around the pot, use the bound edge for the top of pot, allow a 2 inch overlap on the side, and 2 inches at the bottom of the pot, and then cut the burlap.

Step 2. Paint a layer of Mod Podge over the entire pot, let it get a bit tacky.

Step 3. Wrap the burlap around the pot fitting it and sticking the burlap as you go. There will be a bit of an overlap because of the classic tapering of the pot, just fold the edge under and trim any excessive burlap, slap some extra mod podge in that area and stick the overlap down and paint on more mod podge to glue it all in place.

Step 4. Allow treated pots to dry about 2 hours (while pots dry go on to step five.)

Step 5. Paint the saucers with the chalk paint, several coats with dry times in between.

Step 6. Once the Mod Podge is dry apply a coat of chalk paint onto the planters, us an almost dry brush action for the first coat, you can always go back if you want the color to be less transparent.

Step 7. Once again, allow all parts of the project to dry.

Step 8. Put your favorite plants into the pots, you can plant directly into the pots or use the painted pots as over pots.


The texture of the burlap along with the application of chalk paint just accentuates the simple silhouette of the terracotta pots; I am so pleased with the results!

I will give an update on the pots condition in a few months, because the pots are porous the application maybe effected, but for right now a new dose of winter white, a simple but classic terracotta pot up-cycle project was pretty and fun!



Posted 2020-02-27T19:48:03+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS
Hi Maureen,

The queen of home DIY does it again, great post, a good project for anyone home bound by the coronavirus.

Posted 2020-04-10T01:32:18+0000  by Mike_HD_OC
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