I’ve always loved terra cotta; the clay has such a distinctive natural reddish-orange color that really does make it look like it’s from the earth. In fact, the words ‘terra cotta’ literally translate to ‘baked earth’ in Italian. How fitting! Apart from being used in bricks or roofing, terra cotta is the major medium not only for plant pots but also for ancient sculptures (think ancient Greek figurines and the most famous of all, ancient China’s Terra Cotta Army). And this is why I started looking for projects that encompass both of those elements: I wanted something that celebrates the earthiness and visual appeal of terra cotta as a material.
Luckily, I managed to find quite a few good ones to share. Now I just need to decide which to make myself…
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYShowOff
If you have a terra cotta pot that isn’t quite good as new anymore, you can hide the imperfections with paint and some pencils! Or you could, of course, get out a new pot to use so that you can make the ultimate teacher’s gift.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SassySanctuary
I’ve broken a few terra cotta pots in my day and I’ve always felt a hint of heartbreak every time. But in this case, a broken pot is a necessity in order to make this cute fairy-like mini garden-in-a-pot. There’s no step-by-step tutorial for this one because it all depends on how your broken pot looks and what your vision is; just start placing a few things and see where you end up!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TopBuy and DailyColours
These quaint little lighthouses are so adorable, and so very easy to make just by stacking the pots upside-down. Add a tea light on top to get the real lighthouse effect. These would look so beautiful outside when having people over for an evening barbecue – you can light their way around!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYnCrafts
You can embellish your pots very simply by wrapping them with sisal rope. You can keep it plain with just regular lines around, or you can play around a bit to make shapes and let the natural terra cotta peep through. Super easy, super effective!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BetterHomesAndGardens
If you like the idea of a tower but don’t want it to be quite as neat and tidy then you can opt for the slightly more complicated crooked tower. It looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland! I just love the quirky effect of the leaning pots and the brilliant paint job.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYShowOff
With just one terra cotta pot and two saucers you can make your own birdfeeder and invite nature closer to your home. This project is so simple and so quick to make that you can hang quite a few of them all over the garden if you wish.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheGarden-RoofCoop
Tranquil Water Fountain
I absolutely love fountains – the visual element is a lovely addition to any home, and the sound of streaming water I just so relaxing and calming, especially when you’re already outdoors. If you can find yourself the perfect terra cotta planters, you can build your very own unique water fountain without too much effort.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables
Who says a regular terra cotta pot can only have one function at a time? With the addition of a smaller pot hidden within a larger one, you can get the best of both worlds with a pretty flower display as well as the beautiful soft glow of a candle lantern to light up those nights that you’ll be spending outside.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – FamilyChic
I love the idea of having something in your garden that’s specifically there so that little birdies can come over and enjoy a bath. These usually big and solid features can get pretty pricey, though, so someone came up with the genius idea to stack some terra cotta pots, top it off with a saucer and paint it. At first glance, I would never have guessed how this was made!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Tracy’sTrinkets&Treasures
Clay Pot People
Forget garden gnomes, these adorable little figures made from a collection of terra cotta pots are moving in! This whimsical little garden feature is just so charming, and with the basics in mind, you can make a unique figure with his or her own little quirks like clothing, faces, and of course, platy hair. You might want to get the kids involved in this one.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SodaHead
Saucer Welcome Sign
A broken terra cotta saucer doesn’t have to be a disaster – you just need to think on your feet and find a way to give it a whole new function. Like a welcome sign, perhaps? With the help of a permanent marker or even some paint, you can display just about anything and hide the broken part in the ground.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hometalk
Mini Pot Wreath
I know there are some people who love to make and display wreaths for all seasons and holidays of the year, and oh how I envy them! To me, this little clay pot wreath is the perfect project for spring; I may just hop on the bandwagon and take my wreath-making more seriously!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SweetPepperRose
Rain chains are the Japanese alternatives to downspouts; these lovely creations are not only meant to catch and harness the rain water, but they also have a decorative function as a water feature. Mini terra cotta pots are absolutely perfect for this stunning and dainty DIY project.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DesignSponge