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How to age terracotta pots

Updated February 21, 2017

Terracotta pots are attractive containers for planting your favourite plants and shrubs, but waiting for them to develop that aged look can be frustrating. You can age any size terracotta pot you like with a special mixture that helps the natural weathering process. Whether you want aged-looking pots for a porch, path or your garden, a weathered look will make pots look as if they have been knocking around for years.

Place your terracotta pot on a work bench or table outdoors.

Brush on natural yoghurt to the outside of the pots and over the rim using a dry paintbrush. Make the sweeps as uniform as possible in a vertical fashion. The stiffer the brush, the better the ageing will look.

Plant your flowers or plants after you have painted the yoghurt on the container. Keep your plants outside. Algae will be attracted to the bacteria in the yoghurt and make the pot look older.

Things You'll Need

  • Natural yoghurt
  • Paintbrush
  • Flowers or plants
  • Potting soil
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