How to Make Aged Clay Pots Using Dollar Store Spackle

3 Materials
2 Hours

I bought an aged-looking pot at a store for about eight dollars. More than I wanted to spend but I loved the look of it. When I got home, I thought I need to figure out a way to make some of my own. I wanted to enjoy more than one.

This is where the dollar store spackle experiments started. I'll spare you all the different ways and just share the one that worked.

Dollar store spackle and clay pot

1. Smear dollar store spackle

I started with just dollar store spackle. I was hesitant it would work but to my surprise it did! I just smeared it on with my gloved hand. I just did one coat. Work with it until you like it.

Smoothing the dollar store spackle on the clay pot

2. Smooth with a rubber spatula

I smoothed it out with a rubber spatula, not one I use for cooking. This helped create the little dents in it that my bought one had.

Sanding and painting the clay pot

3. Sand & paint

After the spackle dried, I sanded it down by going in different directions with my sanding block. Then, I painted it with cream-colored acrylic paint.

How to age clay pots

4. Add detail

I wanted some of the clay to show through, so I took a fork around the edge, and that worked perfectly. After that, I dabbed some sage green paint here and there with a paper towel, and then wiped it down.

How to age clay pots with dollar store spackle

How to age clay pots with dollar store spackle

The bought clay pot and the one aged with dollar store spackle look so similar! To finish, I filled the pots with moss balls from the dollar store.

Tip: if you're placing these outside or planting your plant directly in them, I would coat them with a sealer.

Let me know your thoughts on this DIY project in the comments below.

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  • Erin Erin on Feb 08, 2021

    How do they react to water when you water the plants?

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