DIY Terra-Cotta Ornaments

2 Materials
1 Hour

This was such fun and simple DIY. Very budget friendly. Less then $15

These turned out so pretty!


  1. Clear ornaments (Dollar tree or micheals)
  2. A few different shades of brown paints
  3. Paint brushs
  4. Baking powder 
  5. Cup of water and paper towel 
  6. Spray paint if you want to paints the lids

I didn’t end up using the pearl white, and just used a reg white. Michael’s was slim pickings this trip.

Any baking powder will do. You sprinkle it over the paint so once it dries it doesn’t scratch. Your ornaments will last much longer and will look Terra-Cotta looking depending on how you paint them. 

Start with a small about of paint. It tries fairly quickly.

Just lightly sprinkle the baking powder of the the paint and mix.

All the ornaments needed two coats

Only half of these have the second coat. The top right one need to be blended better with the second coat.

I just hung them with fishing wire I found at Walmart and clear tacks.

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  • Jlnatty Jlnatty on Dec 10, 2020

    Do you think the finish on the outside will hold up if you want to re-use these ornaments again next season? Wondering if it would make an interesting and less potentially damage-prone look by putting the mixture on the inside of the clear ornament and swish it around to see what kinds of effects you could get - maybe full coverage or maybe more "avant garde" sorts of streaks.

  • Solongrl Solongrl on Dec 22, 2020

    Where do you find clear tacks? Thanks in advance. These look great!

  • Diane Crim Diane Crim on Jan 10, 2021

    Are these glass ornaments?


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  • Donna Conger Donna Conger on Dec 17, 2020

    Just wanted to say, EVERYTHING looks beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Lisa West Lisa West on Dec 17, 2020

    Omg every thing looks so gorgeous. Merry Christmas. I really love love those ornaments. Very earthy. Yiu could add a fairy. Lol they really warm up the area to. Just love it.