How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots

Updated February 21, 2017

Terra cotta pots are commonly used to hold flowers and decorate gardens. However, these simple red clay pots lack colour, detail and personality. Decorating your plain terra cotta pots using the art of découpage is extremely easy, and will add style and flair to your garden. Using basic craft supplies, you can découpage any image or design onto a terra cotta pot.

Use a damp cloth to wipe down the entire surface of the pot to remove any dust, dirt or debris.

Paint a thin coat of gesso over the entire surface of the pot. When you are finished, there should be none of the original red colour showing through. Allow the gesso to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

Cut out any paper designs or images you want to put on the pot. Printed scrapbook papers are a versatile paper type to consider using. These papers come in a variety of colours and patterns.

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of one of the paper cutouts. Adhere it to the pot. Continue adding papers until you are satisfied with the finish. You may choose to cover the entire surface of the pot, or only in a few places.

Use the foam brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the paper. Allow the Mod Podge to dry before continuing.

Add four more coats of Mod Podge over the paper, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.

Spray the entire surface of the pot with the acrylic sealer spray. This will weatherproof the pot and make it safe to put outside in your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Terra cotta pot
  • Colourful paper or paper cutouts
  • Gesso
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic sealer spray
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