A quick tutorial of how to make these easy and inexpensive decoupage terracotta pots just in time for Mother’s Day!
Make Mom something extra special this year without breaking the bank! I’m going to show you how to decoupage these terracotta pots into something beautiful that Mom will just adore.
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. Making someone’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?
What you will need:
- Acrylic paints
- Scrapbook paper (or any other paper products)
- Mod Podge
- Paint brushes
- Paper die-cuts (optional)
- Terracotta pots
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.
Fold down the remaining paper and seal with Mod Podge. Let dry completely.
Once dry, trim off any extra paper that might be around the top border.
Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge around the entire pot sealing the paper.
Once the Mod Podge is dry, you can start decorating your pot. I added a few layers of twine around the rim of this pot. Not only does it hid any imperfections it may have, but it also looks cute as well.
And viola! You have yourself the perfect Mother’s Day gift for any amazing woman in your life! Think about all of the Mother’s in your life. The neighbor, teachers, church friends. Whoever you would like to make feel extra special this Mother’s Day, this is the way to go!
** Please note: If you’re going to use these outside, please use dishwasher safe Mod Podge or some other type of waterproof sealer **
I’m Missi. On October 5, 2003, I became Missi, Nevaeh’s Mother. And since then, I’ve been sorta winging this whole Mom thing. And then came Josephine. Somehow I sort of lost Missi along the way and just became the girls’ Mom.
This is my declaration of imperfectness, my truthful confession that some may call selfish: I love my girls, but I am more than a Mother.
Recently, I had a slap of realization: I’m not feeding my passions in life. Or if I even had any left. I am turning 30 at the end of this year and it was time to make some changes. My entire being has been wrapped around the girls, and then a few months ago I read a quote that hit me like a ton of bricks. “God made you to be more than just a Mom”.
Stacey Lowe saysApril 21, 2017 at 10:26 am
Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to try. I’ve never decoupaged a flower pot before but from experience painting them both acrylic and spray, I wanted to offer 2 (hopefully) helpful hints. First, if you spray the pot with some spray paint primer, I use Rustoleum Universal Bonding Primer, it keeps the terra cotta from drinking your paint. Also, upon completion, spray the entire project with a clear coat. Even the Mod Podge label notes that even after drying, it can feel sticky without a top clear coat. Plus it adds an additional layer of protection. If the pot is going outside, I recommend, from experience, to keep it from direct sunlight. I love this project. What a fun way to personalize your gifts or your garden! Thank you for sharing.
Liz saysApril 26, 2017 at 10:02 am
I did this years ago and used wall paper. It worked great but the water soaked through the terracotta pot after a while and the paper peeled. does the acrylic paint keep it from doing that?
Missi saysApril 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm
It does! Did you use Mod Podge? The dishwasher safe kind works best for outdoors