Decorating Ideas for Clay Pots

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Decorating Ideas for Clay Pots
Decorate clay pots for your garden. (Clay pots image by Charlene Bayerle from

Clay pots add a touch of earthy elegance to both indoor and outdoor container gardens. Indoors, they bring natural elements that soften architectural lines and give your home a serene feel. Outdoors, they offer variety to your garden by breaking up the lines and colours of your plants. They also last for a very long time, especially if you seal them. Clay pots also take paint and decoration very easily. Decorating clay pots makes an entertaining rainy day activity for both children and adults. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Painted Pots

Paint offers an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your clay pots. Children can use poster paints to create stripes, polka dots and abstract designs or stamp paint onto their pots with foam stamps. Adults can use stencils to create lovely and practical herb pots. Simply stencil a particular herb all over the pot and then letter the herb's name along the top edge. You can also make your pots look like different objects. Paint pots white, orange or red to look like ghosts, pumpkins and apples. Include faces and other details. For the ultimate practical pot, spray paint a large pot with chalk paint. Paint a smaller pot to look like an apple and fill it with coloured chalk. Your family can leave messages for each other on the chalkboard pot.

Mosaic Pots

Mosaics serve as an elegant and practical way to use up old china, other broken pots, mismatched buttons, leftover glass vase pieces, and spare glass and ceramic beads. Use all of these things on one pot or choose just one. Or don't cover the entire pot, just the bottom part or just the top rim. If using old china or other broken pots, put on protective eyewear and smash them into small piece with a rubber mallet. Cover your pot with tile glue and go to town, creating any of a variety of designs.

Create abstract designs. geometric designs or arrange the pieces to make flowers, moons, stars, suns, plants, animals or even people. If you want to get really creative, add shells and seaglass to your art. Smear mortar over your work and let it cure in a warm place.

Fabric Scraps

If you have a lot of fabric leftover from other projects, use it to decorate your garden pots. Trim the fraying edges from the pieces and create a fabric mosaic. Cut shapes from your fabric pieces to create calico cats, girls wearing patterned skirts and country decor stars. Glue these pieces onto your pot and seal them with ceramic glaze. Use each of these motifs alone, as a single decoration for your pot, or add them over a more complicated background. If you want to make people, create a unity pot by creating people of several ethnicities. Glue them around your pot so they appear to be holding hands.

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