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Clay Pot Craft Ideas That Don't Require Any Houseplants Whatsoever

Updated February 21, 2018 454 votes 89 voters 4.8k views12 items

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You don't need to be Martha Stewart to indulge in a little terracotta pot DIY. Yes, terracotta pots make great homes for plants, but if you don't have a green thumb, there are lots of clay pot crafts that don't require houseplants

Creative ideas for clay pots run the gamut, from easy-to-make bird feeders to shabby chic votive candles. Some of them are more time-intensive than others, but some of these things you can make with terracotta pots take less than an hour or two of your time! Even if you feel like everything you have tried from Pinterest has looked less-than-ideal, these simple clay pot craft ideas are easy enough for even the most hesitant of crafters.  

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    A Garden Mushroom

    A Garden Mushroom
    Photo: Shalana Frisby / Birds & Blooms

    This adorable idea comes from Shalana Frisby via Birds & Blooms. You can put these just about anywhere in your garden. These DIY garden mushrooms can even sit on the front porch with you while you sip lemonade on a warm summer day. Learn how to make these adorable toadstools here!

    What You Will Need:

    • 2-3 round terra cotta pots in various sizes
    • 2-3 round terra cotta drain plates (each 3-5 inches wider than the bottom of matching pot)
    • White spray paint and your choice of colors for mushroom tops
    • White acrylic craft paint
    • Waterproof clear paint-on or spray sealer
    • 2 inch wide round sponge or spouncer
    • Small paintbrush
    • Epoxy or waterproof outdoor glue (optional)


    Approximate Time: Several days (paint has to dry for 24 hours)
    Approximate Cost: $

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    A Bird Feeder

    A Bird Feeder
    Photo: Rebecca Nickols / the garden-roof coop

    Looking to attract birds to your backyard or garden? Here are Rebecca Nickols's easy-to-follow instructions for a DIY flowerpot bird feeder, via the Garden-Roof Coop.

    What You Will Need:

    • Terracotta or clay pot, along with two saucers
    • Glass and tile drill bits (1/2" for seed openings, 1/8" for hanging)
    • 3/32" vinyl coated wire rope (about 2 feet) 
    • 1/8" ferrule and stop set
    • Pliers


    Approximate Time: 1-2 hours
    Approximate Cost: $$$ (can be less expensive if you already have drill and drill bits)

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    An Apple Clay Jar

    An Apple Clay Jar
    Photo: Trish / Crafty Moods

    Skip the real apple and give your favorite teacher this apple clay jar with a lid. You can make them in any size. The lid can even be smaller or bigger than the pot's opening. Trish from CraftyMoods also recommends using the pots for storage. Here are the instructions for this perfect teacher gift. 

    What You Will Need:

    • Clay pot
    • Clay bottoms
    • Acrylic paints and brushes
    • Air dry or bakeable clay (optional)
    • A marble and hot glue gun (optional)


    Approximate Time: 2-3 hours (most spent waiting for paint to dry)
    Approximate Cost: $

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    A Terracotta Votive

    A Terracotta Votive
    Photo: Eden Passante / Sugar and Charm

    Who doesn't love candles? These DIY terracotta votives can be made in any size and any scent. For dinner parties, Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm recommends putting larger ones as a table centerpiece and smaller votives at each person's table setting. Of course, these can dress your backyard, be used as party favors, or even set a romantic mood. Follow the instructions courtesy of Eden at Sugar and Charm.

    What You Will Need:

    • Sox wax
    • Double boiler (or a bowl over a pot with water)
    • Twigs
    • Wick
    • Mini terracotta planters
    • Fragrance oil of your choice
    • Penny


    Approximate Time: 1 hour (although candle will not be solid for several hours after pouring)
    Approximate Cost: $$

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