How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

Do you love the old world look of aged terracotta pots and planters? I love all things vintage, the older, the better in most cases and terracotta pots are included! If you want to know how to create vintage terracotta pots, you will just need one common ingredient found in the gardening shed. Well, maybe it’s not that common in your shed, but it’s inexpensive and can be found at Wal-Mart so I was easily persuaded to tackle this little DIY craft.


How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots – Supplies

Here’s a list of the tools I used to create my vintage terracotta pots:

  • terracotta pots
  • Garden Lime
  • foam brush
  • bowl
  • water
  • sandpaper
  • polyurethane spray (optional)

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How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots – Instructions

  1. Gather terracotta pots on a workspace
  2. Mix garden lime powder with water – achieve a pancake batter consistency
  3. Use a foam brush to apply the mixture onto the terracotta posts
  4. Allow mixture to dry on pots
  5. Take pots outside and sand off chunks of mixture (wear mask if necessary)
  6. You can apply another coat of mixture if you desire a more weathered affect
  7. Once the pots look aged enough, you can seal them with a polyurethane spray

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

There are many tutorials out there to age terracotta and they’re all fabulous. When I actually began the process myself, I found that I wanted my mixture a little thinner and I wanted that ombre effect to make it look aged as naturally as possible. I also added the mixture to the inside a bit. When it’s time to sand, make sure to wear an appropriate mask. I was lucky that the wind that day helped to blow away my residue. And if you don’t apply the mixture too thick, it will sand off faster. This is one of the easiest processes to add age to something. I love the way the mixture tones down the bright orange and adds an aged look without the wait. These terracotta pots turned out so beautifully. The best part is that I can gift them with mini plants in the future! I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY and will have a chance to try it out. Be sure to subscribe for a once-a-week email about decorating and DIY inspiration.

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