5 Ways to Decorate with Terra Cotta Pots

It’s summertime, when most homeowners make more than a few trips to the garden center.  While you shop for your outdoor spaces at the local nursery, why not get some inspiration for your indoor spaces, too?  Stacks of terra cotta pots you pass on your way to the petunias are just waiting to be repurposed into items for home decor and entertaining.  All it takes is a little imagination and readily available craft supplies to turn those inexpensive clay pots and saucers into useful works of art.  Here are five ways to do just that.

1.  Fabric Covered Pots

Christine Chitnis used fabric and Mod Podge to prettify her terra cotta pots. Christine selected summery cotton prints from her scrap bag and cut lengths of fabric to fit around her pots. At only $3 each, these eye-catching patterned pots are a steal!

Pretty Pots

2.  Cupcake Stand

Over at Once Wed, Laurie turned her terra cotta pots upside down to create a stunning cupcake stand. This is a simple, frugal way to customize a cupcake stand to go with your home or party decor.

3.  Creative Table Settings

Speaking of party decor, Pamela of I Do Weddings created a darling table for a bridal shower using terra cotta pots.

The brightly painted pots and saucers became part of the tablescape for a bee-themed party, when trimmed with matching ribbons and stickers.   I especially love the way Pamela transformed miniature terra cotta pots into sweet bud vases for gerbera daisies.

4.  Party Favors

At StoneGable, Yvonne demonstrates that the marriage of plain and fancy can be perfectly lovely.  Pairing simple, natural terra cotta pots with elegant china place settings, Yvonne created a beautiful place settings for a special dinner.

5. Serving Snacks

Deborah from Taste and Tell turned miniature terra cotta pots into fun little snack gardens for her daughter’s preschool class.

These five ideas will give you a reason to stop and pick up a few sturdy clay pots on your way to the petunias, next time you visit the garden center.

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  1. I really wanted the link to Christine’s terracotta modge podge pots but it takes you to the wrong one.

  2. I love to use terra cotta pots–they’re so inexpensive and easy to find. If one breaks, it’s not the end of the world! (That’s good for me, since I have three sons and two dogs.) I developed a way to make my pots look aged, and I especially love to use them like that. (I do it with spray paint and craft paint–you can see the post if you want to: http://www.impartinggrace.com/2010/08/inspired-by-pottery-barn.html). I like the thought of ModPodging fabric on to pots–I may have to try that next!

  3. Thank you so much for such an awesome post !! I loved how beautifully you have transformed the terra cotta pot into a cupcake stand. That table setting is simply awesome. Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. My next terracotta pot “to do” has long been a homemade version of Gobbler’s Gobblets! I’ll blog when I do it. Can’t find the inspiration link for the life of me…


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