37 Terra-bly Creative Ways to Upcycle Terra Cotta Pots

Put those garden store staples to good use.

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October 05, 2017
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Chic Cake Stands

Turn basic flower pots and saucers into gorgeous dessert stands with this quick and easy tutorial. With personalized stamped sayings and a trendy distressed look, your party guests can have their cake and Instagram it too!

MAKE IT: Serve Dessert in Style With DIY Terra-Cotta Cake Stands

Southwestern + Summery

Don't toss those old terra cotta pots! Give them new life with a sunny, Southwestern-inspired paint job. Cover the entire pot with two coats of turquoise Patio Paint and let dry. Because terra cotta is so porous, the paint dries within 5-10 minutes. Using a wide foam brush, brush a single long stroke of white paint across the top, then make subsequent shorter strokes below to create a simple ziggurat pattern. Go over with a second coat of white and, once dry, repeat the process with gold and hot pink Patio Paint, leaving a 1/2-inch reveal of each color. This whole project takes about 30 minutes start to finish!

Cupcake Bouquet

This gorgeous arrangement of cupcakes makes a great gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or any day! Make it by securing unfrosted cupcakes to a foam ball using toothpicks. Then, use a piping bag with a star-shaped tip to create rose-like frosting swirls on the cupcakes.

MAKE IT: 3 DIY Edible Bouquets to Give This Valentine's Day

DIY Gumball Party Favors

Terra cotta pots and small, dollar store fish bowls are all you need to craft these adorable, gumball machine party favors.

MORE IDEAS: Kids' Vintage-Inspired Gumball Birthday Party

Macrame Plant Hanger

Chic and easy to make, this macrame planter is a gorgeous way to display planters of any size or shape.

MAKE IT: How to Make an Easy Macrame Plant Hanger

Drip-Dry Pots

You might cry over spilled milk, but you'll rejoice when spilling paint on these fun planters. Grab an old pot, a funky color combo of cheap craft paint and get to spilling. Better yet if you have small children, let them do the spilling for you!

MAKE IT: How to Make Drip-Paint Pots

Tuscan-Inspired Place Setting

Have extra terra cotta saucers lying around? Put them to chic use as unique, farmhouse place settings. Pair with hammered copper accents and greenery for a look that's both vintage and elegant.

MORE IDEAS: 6 Place Settings Inspired by Today's Hottest Trends

Colorful Bird Bath

Welcome feathered friends into your yard with a DIY bird bath that pulls double duty as a planter.

MAKE IT: Make a Super Easy Planter Birdbath

Enchanting Rose Garden Cupcakes

Wouldn't these garden-inspired treats be perfect for a baby or bridal shower? Display them on a cake stand or lace doily for ultimate "oohs and ahhs."

MAKE IT: Enchanting Rose Garden Cupcakes

Terra Cotta Windchimes

Transform tiny clay pots into cheery music for your garden. These chimes are constructed entirely by knotting and gluing — no drilling required!

MAKE IT: Create Colorful Wind Chimes

Gardener's Chalkboard Basket

This garden-inspired gift basket is perfect for a flower-loving friend. Simply apply chalkboard paint to a terra cotta pot. Once dry, rub with chalk, lightly coating entire pot to cure the paint. Wipe off excess and write or draw messages with chalk or a chalkboard pen before filling with gardening goodies.

Unique House Number Display

A planter and house number all in one, this simple DIY will have your guests and your postman drooling.

MAKE IT: Terra-Cotta Tower: A Unique House Number Display

A Treat for Teacher

Treat your teacher to a terra cotta apple — perfect for storing erasers, paperclips or other knick-knacks. Fill it with your teacher's favorite candy or snack for a special first-day treat!

MAKE IT: Back-to-School Teacher Gift: DIY Terra-Cotta Apple

Designer DIY

Take terra cotta to the next level with these gorgeous, hand-painted pots.

MAKE IT: Create the Perfect TerraCottage Vignette

Charming Rain Chain

Spring showers don’t have to bring you down. Create a dainty rain chain that will redirect that tiresome rain onto your luscious landscaping.

MAKE IT: DIY Terra-Cotta Rain Chain

Gameday Goals

These festive football-themed centerpieces are sure to score lots of points with your gameday party guests.

MORE IDEAS: Super Bowl Centerpiece Ideas

Dreamy Decoupage

Give a basic pot a flirty, floral update! First, add a layer or two of colorful, matte paint. Once the paint has dried for at least six hours, apply a floral applique on the surface of the pot using decoupage medium.

MORE IDEAS: 10 Ways to Dress Up Terra Cotta Pots

Christmas Tree Alternative

A stack of pots, rope and basic ornaments make up this whimsical holiday decoration that will last all season long (and for years to come!). It's also a great tree alternative for allergy-sufferers or apartment-dwellers.

MAKE IT: Terra Cotta Pot Christmas Tree How-To

Glam Favors

Spray paint mini terra cotta pots a shiny gold, then plant with succulents for glam, inexpensive favors your guests will love. For a special touch, add colorful aquarium rocks to match your wedding theme.

MORE IDEAS: 14 DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Actually Want

Hanging Copper Planter

Perfect for a small space, this chic hanging planter is made from low-cost materials like copper piping, poplar wood and sisal rope.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Hanging Copper Planter

Utensil Holder

Turn clay pots into the perfect outdoor entertaining accessory with our easy step-by-step instructions.

MAKE IT: Hold It: Garden-Inspired Utensil Holders

Faux Potted Clovers

Create a festive centerpiece this St. Patrick's Day using green card stock, a terra cotta pot and a few common household supplies.

MAKE IT: How to Make Potted Paper Clovers

Living Wreath

Turn your front door into a container garden with a wreath that grows.

MAKE IT: DIY Flower Pot Wreath

Stacked Centerpiece

You know those Pinterest-perfect parties with the ornate, tiered dessert stands? Well, there's an easier, cheaper way to create the look at home. You just need some terra cotta pots and saucers and a pack of poster tack.

MAKE IT: Stacked Terra Cotta Pots = Your New Favorite Spring Centerpiece

Chic + Marbled

Would you believe me if I said you could make these gorgeous, marbled planters from nail polish and a toothpick?

MAKE IT: How to Make Marbled Terra Cotta Pots

Pizza Stone

Make restaurant-quality pizza with a little help from your garden store.

MAKE IT: Indie Craft: Turn a Terra-Cotta Plant Saucer Into a Pizza Stone

Stamped Herb Planters

Spruce up any window sill and keep fresh herbs in reach with these upcycled terra cotta planters.

MAKE IT: How to Make Hand-Stamped Terra-Cotta Herb Planters

T-Shirt Plant Hanger

Put your terra cotta on display with this stunning DIY hanging planter made from upcycled t-shirts.

MAKE IT: How to Make a T-Shirt Planter

Outside the Box

Why put yourself in a box if you don't have to? This charming white-washed home puts terra cotta planters on display inside a chic iron cage, proving sometimes less is more. Keep your curb appeal clean and simple with unfussy green plants. Doing so yields a polished look that will allow the unique architecture or soft colors of your home to shine through to passersby.

DIY Domed Planter

Inexpensive clay pots are easily transformed into a garden showstopper with silicone glue and beautiful, long-lasting succulents.

MAKE IT: DIY Clay Pot Planter

Tiered Herb Garden

A tiered potted garden tucks nicely into the corner of any deck or patio. Lisa Darnell of Fancy Frugal Life placed upside-down pots underneath the soil to prevent upper tiers from sinking into the dirt.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Planterfall

Wood Chipped

Give an old clay pot a chic, woodsy update by layering the exterior in small wood chips, then planting with your favorite blooms.

Punny Planters

Looking for a sweet gift idea? These sweet-yet-comical planters say it all.

MAKE IT: Punny Stamped Terra Cotta Pots for Mother's Day

Southwestern Serving Bowls

Skip fancy bowls and opt for understated clay serveware for your next fiesta.

DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Planters

Whether you're trying to add a ghostly glow to your Halloween decor, light up a porch or patio, or add a fun element to a child's room, these glow-in-the-dark planters are sure to please.

MAKE IT: DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Planters

Flower Pot Easter Basket

Give the gift of gardening with this sweet Easter basket idea. All you need are a couple of old belts, a terra cotta pot and various gardening goodies!

MAKE IT: Flower Pot Easter Basket

Turtle-y Terra Cotta

Turn unused pots into a sweet, animal-inspired garden accessory.

MAKE IT: DIY Terra Cotta Pot Turtle

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