Terra cotta pots are orange “earthenware” pots made out of clay that are used for plants. You’ve probably seen hundreds in your lifetime! This is the look we’re going for, here! 🙂
- pumpkin pail
- “terra cotta” colored paint
- cream or white colored paint
- plaster of Paris powder (any white powder will do. I saved the leftover plaster dust from my skull makeup-brush holder DIY)
- matte mod podge
- a large paint brush
- a smaller paint brush
What You’ll Do
The first thing you’ll do is paint your pail completely white/cream. I used my cream colored paint for this and I did not use primer (I don’t believe it would have made a difference either way). Give it at least 30-45 minutes to completely dry.
Next, grab your terra cotta paint and your cream paint and mix the two until you achieve that recognizable “terra cotta” color.
Make a bunch of it because you’ll need to coat your pail 3-4 times to get it just right.
Don’t forget to let it dry 30-45 minutes in-between coats! I didn’t remove the handle off of mine until the very end… it was great being able to move it and turn it with the handle instead of getting paint all over my hands!
After that, use a smaller brush or your fingertips and add a small amount of Mod Podge around the eyes, nose and mouth until the surface is slightly sticky.
Using a brush (or again, your fingers) take a little bit of the powder and dust the surface of your pail until it has the classic “terra cotta” look. Dark/orange brown color, and a little “chalky!”
Finally, you’re finished and ready to put a plant in it! If you’re choosing to use real plants, don’t forget a drill (or cut) a hole in the bottom of your pail for water.