Decoupage Terracotta Pots

Missi Perez
by Missi Perez
5 Materials
30 Minutes

We all have many women in our life that are very are special to us. Although we may appreciate and care about someone, we often neglect to let them know, and regret it when it is too late. Makingsomeone’s day special doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

These easy decoupage terracotta pots were $0.78 each and I used scraps I already had from previous projects to transfer them into works of art. And you can do the same! Besides, does Mom actually need another mug?

Once you have made sure your pot is clean and dry, you can begin to paint just inside ring and the entire outside. 

You may need to paint a couple of coats depending on your desired look. The pots are pretty absorbent and will soak the paint in pretty quickly. 

Let dry for about 20 mins each coat. Once your pot is dry you can begin adding your paper product of choice. For this tutorial, I decided to show you how to decoupage scrapbook paper onto the side of the pot. Again, there are many other ways of doing it. This is just a way to help you get started.

Fold your paper into equal parts making it easier to cut. 

Once folded, cut on the lines creating strips of paper. 

I like to make sure the strips stay in order so it’s easier to match up the pattern. 

Add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the side of your pot and lay a strip of paper over it. Rub continuously for about 5 seconds making sure the paper is completely flat and smooth. 

Continue this process all the way around the pot until completely covered. I try to match up the pattern the best that I can, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

You can make yours however you like! 

Once your pot is wrapped, flipped it upside down and trim off any extra long paper. Cut slits down the remaining paper making it easier to glue to the bottom.

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Suggested materials:
  • Terracotta Pots
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook Paper
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  • LaRee LaRee on Aug 14, 2017

    what kind of paint to you use on the terracotta pots?

  • Pam Pam on May 24, 2018

    JJust wondering what is the best thing to put on our terra cotta pots after I have used patio paint for outside do I protect them from the elements.thank you.

  • Donna Donna on Jul 08, 2019

    Do you take all of the paper off the bottom of the pots?

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  • SandraD1940 SandraD1940 on Oct 13, 2020

    I have decorated many pots this way, and found it very quick & easy. I have never used glitter, but when doing so it is wise to sprinkle it over a bowl, dish, or tray to catch the excess glitter to eliminate waste. Just a suggestion.

  • Jea68910916 Jea68910916 on Oct 05, 2022

    yes, I will try this on some of my little pots and plant succulents in them. My favorite plant. I'm watching from San Jose, CA.

    Great video, Thank you. J.Peters