Our Favorite Ways to Personalize Terra-Cotta Pots
From a simple coat of paint to more intricate designs, these ideas are sure to inspire.
Clay pots can add a decorative element to any area of your home. One way to elevate these handy, affordable planters? Personalize them. Whether you choose to paint your clay pots, wrap a ribbon around the outside, or add a design straight onto unmolded clay (if you're creating your own clay project), you can't go wrong. Ahead, we're sharing some of our favorite ways to brighten up your terra-cotta pots, transforming these powerhouse vessel into something even prettier and more unique to you.
Terra-cotta is the perfect earthy canvas for all of your most creative ideas. A few coats of bright paint can instantly give plain pots a bit more vibrance and character, as evidenced by the colorful ones pictured here. Plus, bright hues mean these upgraded planters will really pop on your porch or in your garden. Another option is to coat your pots with chalkboard paint, which means you'll never lose track of what's planted inside. Simply write the pot's contents in chalk and no one will be able to confuse your parsley for cilantro again. When decorated, terra-cotta pots make for the perfect gift, too. Surprise Mom with patio pots of her favorite flowers or delight Dad with his own culinary herb garden.
If you've been keeping your terra cotta pots natural and have been limiting their use to hosting flowers, herbs, and small shrubs, then chances are you're not really realizing these planters' full potential. From dressing up the basic plant pot and incorporating terra-cotta planters into your décor to using the pots for purposes other than planting altogether, these projects and ideas are sure to help you see your planters' full potential.
Chalkboard Herb Planters
Do you enjoy the freshness of homegrown herbs? With this clever idea, you'll never struggle to tell which garden staple is which again. Grab a bit of chalkboard paint and give simple terra-cotta pots a customizable rim, where you can easily write the names of the different herbs you're carefully cultivating.
Aged Terra Cotta-Plants
Like with wine, terra-cotta pots have a way of getting better with age. In this case, it's because the pots develop their own unique patina over time. Instead of waiting for your terra-cotta planters to get the look naturally, try achieving it yourself by enlisting the help of some lime powder.
Painting a geometric design adds a lovely decorative element to your clay pot. Half-circles, triangles, rectangles—whatever you want, adding some paint to your clay pots is a great way to personalize your planters.
Take your clay pot to new heights by turning the traditional floor-bound vessel into a hanging planter.
While this idea might seem small, choosing a patterned ribbon (especially if it's been passed down by a family member) adds a memorable element to your terra-cotta pot. Tie it in a bow or in a unique knot for a cool look.
Whether or not you live near the beach, if nautical accents bring you joy, tie a rope around the lip fo the pot, and use a boat-worthy knot to make sure it's secure.
Paint a Name
Whether you're personalizing a gift for a gardening fanatic or you simply want to add a little bespoke element to your container garden collection, paint your name (or a loved one's) on a pot and watch as what you plant grows.
Carve a unique design right into the clay of this air-dry vase for a bespoke clay pot. Whether you choose simple lines or shapes, you can't go wrong.