Painting Terra Cotta Pots




Introduction: Painting Terra Cotta Pots

About: I love to repurpose items into something useful.

This is an easy process that has a professional look. Other than breaking the terra cotta pot, there is no way to mess this up. Have fun!

Step 1: Supplies

You will need the following items:

Terra Cotta Pot

Paint brush (nothing fancy, any brush will work)

Craft paint

Sponge (with a scrubby side)



Step 2: Step 1: Base Layer

Paint a base layer of a light color.

Dilute the paint with a bit of water so some of the terra cotta shows through

Step 3: Step Two: Layer Colors

Paint various colors on top of the white. Once again, you can dilute the color.

Step 4: Step Three: Aging the Paint

Using the scrubby side of the sponge, lightly rub the areas that would normally get the most wear.

After scrubbing a bit, rinse the sponge and wipe the area with the soft side of the sponge.

Don't worry, if you took too much paint off, you can just reapply.

Step 5: Step Four: Finishing

Once you have finished removing the paint, let the pot dry for a minute or two. The true colors will be revealed.

Continue this process until you achieve the desired look.

Step 6: End Result

I don't use anything to seal the paint. I figured I would let nature continue the aging process... I just helped by giving it a jump start.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, those are amazing and have that rustic vibe my girlfriend always looking. I think I will make her a few of these. I bet she will be blown away. Is the paint waterproof?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes they are. Mine gave gone through several storms with no problems. I'm sure in time, some paint will come off, but it will just add to the look. Have fun!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Those pots turned out looking great! I remember painting pots with my girlfriend last summer. They still look great.