How to Repair Terra-Cotta Pots

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How to Repair Terra-Cotta Pots
Restore old terra-cotta pots. (terracotta pots image by cusrach from

Terra cotta, Italian for baked earth, is a ceramic made of mostly earthy clay and left unglazed when baked. A common use for terra cotta is for making planters and plant pots. You can find terra cotta pots in almost any size and when placed in the natural setting of a garden, they look right at home. You can also use them indoors to bring some of the wonders of nature inside your home. Should your terra cotta ever suffer a crack or breakage you can easily repair it yourself.

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Things you need

  • Waterproof silicone caulk
  • String
  • Scraper

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  1. 1

    Clean all the dirt away from the crack or broken area on the pot. Leave the pot to dry completely after cleaning.

  2. 2

    Apply silicone caulk into the crack or damaged area. If you have broken pieces, apply caulk along the edges of the shard.

  3. 3

    Press the cracked or broken area together so the caulk bonds, and bind the pot with string to hold it in shape.

  4. 4

    Leave the pot to dry upside down for several hours or overnight. If your caulk recommends waiting longer, then do so.

  5. 5

    Remove the string from around the pot once the caulk has dried completely.

  6. 6

    Scrape away any caulk that leaked onto the inside or outside of the pot with a scraper.

Tips and warnings

  • Bring terra-cotta pots out of the cold when the temperatures reach freezing to avoid getting cracks from the weather.
  • Do not try to repair your pot while it has anything inside of it or the terra cotta will not bond properly.

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