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Shell Flowerpots




We gave these terra-cotta pots an aged look, then trimmed them with seashells.


  • Powdered milk paint
  • Paint brush
  • Terra-cotta pots
  • Lime powder
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Same-sized shells
  • Tacky glue
  • Tweezers


  1. Step 1


    To weather a pot, combine 1 part powdered milk paint (available at crafts stores) with 1 part water. Apply to pot with a paintbrush. Let dry 1 hour.

  2. Step 2

    Combine 1 part lime powder (find it at garden centers) with 2 parts water; brush on over paint. Let dry 1 hour.

  3. Step 3

    Working in a well-ventilated area, sand pot with medium-grit sandpaper until desired look is achieved.

  4. Step 4

    Gather shells that are uniform in size and appearance (or purchase them at crafts stores or online). Affix shells to rim of pot with tacky glue; employ tweezers to adhere the smaller shells.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2006



Reviews (3)

  • Louella 27 Jan, 2013

    I LOVE the look of these aged pots, but have not ever heard of powdered milk paint either, perhaps I should just call a paint store like Mautz , still I love these and have plenty of shells around from saving them up, I get them at garage sales, second hand stores etc. and wanted something to do with them, Is there something else we could use besides the powdered milk paint perhaps?

  • lilusmama 10 May, 2012

    I have searched high and low for powdered milk paint. Is there a specific brand to look for by chance? Would this be sold at Michael's? Either the people at the store don't know what I'm asking for, or it just doesn't exist here in AZ. Thanks! :)

  • Pennysongofpraise 26 Jul, 2011

    Enter your comment...I am going to make these for a summer part;y...I'll let you know how they come out!