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…
Plant Stand Candelabrum
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – JunkMarketStyle
If you’re planning on starting your own herb garden, here’s a great way to give it that little something extra (and make use of any broken pots!). The cracked pot pieces not only help you quickly identify each plant, but they also help to keep the herbs separate and organized.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HardlyHousewives
Clay Pot Christmas Soldier
We may still be quite far away from Christmas, but this adorable (and rather sizeable) soldier simply has to be included for its sheer brilliant creativity. All you really need is five pots of the same size, some paint and some glue and you can have your very own little guards manning your home.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – C.R.A.F.T
Yes, yes, I know it’s nowhere near Christmastime yet, so you’ll just have to make a note to save these for December. I just love the simplicity of these stacked pots-turned Christmas trees. They’re easy, charming, rustic and not so in-your-face. They’d look great just sitting on your porch or along the entrance to your home.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hometalk
If you’re planning on soaking up the sun outside then you’ll obviously need a place to rest the drinks or snacks while you lounge and enjoy your surroundings. Enter the ridiculously easy-to-make terra cotta table. You also know that the material is good and sturdy so it won’t topple over when a breeze comes past.
Clay Pot Smoker
Smoking your meat brings a whole new element of deliciousness and bold flavor to your food that you simply can’t achieve from regular grilling. But have you seen the price of smokers? Those things can cost a couple hundred dollars! Here are two great tutorials that show you how to make your own from a terra cotta pot.
Clay Pot Critters
You can make all sorts of little critters with clay pots of varying sizes, paint and some great imagination. A frog, butterfly, bumble bee and ladybug can all adorn your garden as if they were in their natural habitat. The kids are sure to love these!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Plaid
Water fountains don’t always have to be bold and massive; a smaller decorative fountain can actually give you the same effect, and you’ll save on the water consumption too. I love the simplicity of this little pot-and-saucer fountain – it would make a fantastic feature on an outdoor table in the garden or on the porch.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYnCrafts
I am in love with this! It’s so simple and easy (and cheap!), but actually looks so elegant. And you don’t need any electric wiring or anything like that – just a battery-operated LED light. Any type of terra cotta pot will do for this project, and you can even add some paint or decoration to the pot if you want.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheArtOfDoingStuff
I am really loving chalkboard paint at the moment (I think all crafters are) so I really love how easy it is to transform these plain terra cotta flower pots with just a little bit of paint here and there. Now you can name your herbs or flowers and keep reusing the pots when it’s time for a new plant.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Fiskars
Bell Tower Chime
If you thread some small pots and beads onto a wire you can make a cute tower-chime-thing to brighten up the garden. I like the playfulness of the colors, but if you’re looking for something more classic you could just stick with one color. The tripod frame is made from wrought iron and can be found at any garden center.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – GardenMuse
It really is amazing to see just how many things you can make simply by stacking these pots on one another! And everything comes out looking so pretty! This is a fun craft to get the kids involved in sine it isn’t too complicated or messy. I love the play on the function of the pot – you’re using the pot to hold flowers, just not in the conventional way.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ChaseTheStar
Flower pots are pretty, sure, but why not take it up a notch by creating a tall tower of flowers with some terra cotta pots stacked on top of each other in descending sizes? Just make sure to pick your location carefully – once placed, the tower won’t be easy to move.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HubPages:Krysanthe