Hi Deb, here are some nice decorated clay pots, it's a project here on Hometalk
Seal the pot first, I use Plaid spray clay pot sealer from Michael’s, but you could probably use any spray acrylic sealer. Spray pot with 2 coats, inside & out to prevent paint from peeling, since the pots are porous. Then I like to use spray paints for a smooth finish, or craft paints & a brush if I want the brush marks. Yesterday I tried a FolkArt Rub On Transfer after I painted a pot, very easy & looks great.
Here's some more fun ideas! https://www.hometalk.com/3106461/diy-spring-clay-pots
You can paint them. Another option is to add decorative items such as shells or seasonal items or other small items that will match your decor. Washi tape can be used to add stripes.
Hi Deb, here's some info that may inspire you to create some unique clay pots. Have fun!
Here are more ideas for you
Hi Deb, hope this help you decorate your clay pots.
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If you do a search for "clay pot" using the box at the top of the page you will find lots of ideas for transforming them. Here's one to get you started: http://www.hometalk.com/3106461/diy-spring-clay-pots
If you aren't going to glaze them in a traditional way, you could get some stencils and paint on different designs using the stencils.
Here is how I've decorated mine: https://www.curlycraftymom.com/2016/05/monogrammed-fabric-pots-summer.html?bypass_cache=true
Paint with Chalk paint or any other that you like. Use Spots Shapes to Stick on with Hot Glue. Glue on Garland twisted around the pot. Wallpaper them. Stick Paper or Flowers or Fabric to them with Mod podge or hot glue et. Anything you like really! Have fun.
Hi Deb: Check yet another cite :) https://www.wikihow.com/Decorate-Clay-Pots
Or, you can paint them: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=how+to+paint+terra+cotta+clay+pots&t=ffab&ia=web
Hello. After sealing and painting you might want to consider some decorative painting. I took some mix matched thrift store pots and painted them the same color to unify them, followed by decorative designs.
You could stencil them or spray paint them
You could use stencils like these on them: https://amzn.to/39oc9dy
You can use hot glue to make a design then paint it all with spray paint for a textured look
I'm a huge fan of paint and decoupage on them. So many options for use in and out.
check all those ideas https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=clay%20pots%20ideas&eq=clay%20pots%20deocr&etslf=11045&term_meta=clay%7Cautocomplete%7C1&term_meta=pots%7Cautocomplete%7C1&term_meta=ideas%7Cautocomplete%7C1
Hi Deb, we add beads to ours and paint some of the others - https://acraftymix.com/blog/diy-ndebele-planters/
Hometalk has loads of great ideas for this -- type in those words to the search bar at the top left and you'll have all the inspiration you'll need!
Here is a fun idea I've done in the past https://www.homeroad.net/2020/07/decoupaging-flower-pots-with-napkins.html
Mod Podge on Fabric or Paper and seal with more coats. Pain with Masonry, Emulsion, Chalk or Acrylic Paint. etc.