How to Decorate Clay Flower Pots

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How to Decorate Clay Flower Pots
Create depictions of the flowers that will call the pot home. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The standard red clay terracotta flower pot is found in many households, whether it's on the patio or windowsill. These pots come in sizes that fit anything from a single flower to a large arrangement of different types of plants. Decorating a clay flower pot allows you to personalise it for your tastes and customise its appearance so it matches other items in the room. Both young and old can do this type of craft project.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Paper bits
  • Découpage glue
  • Waterproof sealant
  • Mosaic cement
  • Tiles
  • Acrylic or latex paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Stickers
  • Glue
  • Basic craft supplies

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  1. 1

    Use the art of découpage to cover the clay flower pot. Select either colourful bits of tissue paper, photographs or pictures cut out from magazines and newspapers. Place a layer of découpage glue on the back of the paper items and cover the clay pot, working your way around until its completely covered. Use a foam brush to cover the flower pot with a clear, waterproof sealant.

  2. 2

    Decorate the flower pots by turning the outside into a mosaic. Mix up a batch of mosaic cement, available at most craft stores. Use a type suitable for exterior use if you plan to keep the pot outside. Apply a layer around the clay pot with a trowel. Press different pieces of small tile into the cement, arranging them into picture or pattern.

  3. 3

    Paint the clay pot. Cover the entire thing with a picture or add colourful accents around the rim or base. Use latex or acrylic paint. Apply fine details with brushes that have a small tip or use larger brushes when covering big areas of the pot.

  4. 4

    Plan a decorating project for children. Give the children stickers, nontoxic acrylic paints, plastic trinkets and other craft supplies. Encourage them to express themselves by painting, arranging the objects in patterns or covering the pot with stickers.

Tips and warnings

  • Seal the inside of all clay pots you'll be decorating regardless of the method. Apply at least two layers of a water- or oil-based polyurethane sealant to prevent water from seeping through the porous material and onto the outside of the pot.

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