DIY Jack-O-Lantern Terra Cotta Pot

 I’m a fan of subtle all-year-round Halloween decor. I saw a tutorial by Allison from Dream A Little Bigger last year and decided to give it a go. I, too, have been looking for a pumpkin/Jack-O-Lantern terra cotta pot that looked cute and were affordable. With this DIY, I got exactly what I wanted. The finished product looks a lot heavier than it is! Let’s do this thing!
But first, let me show you what a terra cotta pot looks like if you aren’t familiar with them. 

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! 🙂

What You’ll Need
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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 tumblr_nbv22pIbJz1st8cb5o9_1280classic “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.

(The flowers in the photo are from the vases in my living room. They’re fake!)
Isn’t it cute? 🙂
September 16, 2014