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Terra-Cotta Pots for Pansies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1998


Stain pots in colors that complement their contents. Terra-cotta is very porous, so it's important to use materials that won't harm the plants, like the all-natural powered pigments shown.

Make more Pansy projects:
Pressed Pansy Coasters
Pressed Panssy Cards
Pansy and Viola Wreath


  • Terra-cotta pots

  • All-natural powdered pigments

  • Matte medium

  • Foam brush

  • Clamp-on hanger

  • Nail or screw


  1. Mix pigment with matte medium (a paint extender available at craft and art-supply stores) to desired shade -- we combined shades of blue, purple, and white -- and add a little water to thin the paint as necessary, making it easier to work with. It's a good idea to mix a small amount first to find your perfect color, then increase the proportions for a bigger batch.

  2. Use a foam brush to coat the outside of the terra-cotta pots (one coat will do), then let dry overnight. The pigments are strong and will stain your clothes, so mix and apply them carefully. 

  3. To hang a pot, just clip a clamp-on hanger onto the lip, and suspend it from a nail or screw on the wall.

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