Don’t you just love Christmas crafts? There is just something so fun about making decorations for the holidays. I always try to do a few different DIY Christmas decorations every year so that means that every year I have to search for something new to do. This year, I found an amazing list of 20 DIY Christmas decorations that you can make from terra cotta pots. These clay pot decorations are so adorable and so easy to do. You’re definitely going to want to add these to your Christmas craft list this year.
From an adorable reindeer to a penguin and even Jolly Old St. Nick himself, you’re going to find so many fun things to create with those clay pots. Clay pots are relatively inexpensive, if you don’t have a few lying around the house, so none of these projects are going to cost much. They are a beautiful and fun way to decorate though and they take very little time, so you can actually make all 20 of these by the holidays. They’re perfect for decorating indoors and out and they make awesome gifts. And, speaking of gifts, be sure to check out these 100 DIY Christmas gifts that people will actually want.
I am such a huge fan of Christmas crafts. From sewing and knitting to repurposing, I love making new things during the holidays for gifts or for decorations. You’re going to adore these little terra cotta pot decorations and if you want even more DIY ideas, check out these 40 DIY Dollar Store Christmas decorations. They will go great with your new clay pot decorations! Note that you can make these terra cotta pot decorations in any size that you may have on hand and some of them require different sizes. Check with your Dollar Store for really cheap pots that you can use.
1. DIY Clay Pot Angel
This clay pot angel only takes one pot and you can do this in any size that you want. You just need a round wooden ball, a clay pot, fabric for the scarf, Spanish moss for the hair and a few painting supplies. These are too adorable and would look great on the mantel or sitting on the front porch. Do different sizes and have an entire family of little Christmas angels decorating your home.
2. Adorable DIY Christmas Bells
I love these little bells that are made from small terra cotta pots. This is a great project for the kids because it’s so simple. You just paint the pots and then hang them upside down with ribbon, adding wooden beads for the ringer. You can find tiny clay pots at any craft or hobby store and use these to decorate the tree or do a couple of larger ones and hang them together on your porch.
3. DIY Clay Pot Christmas Candy Jars
I love these little candy jars that you make from clay pots and glass bowls. You can get all of the supplies for these at your local craft or hobby store, or check the Dollar Store. You glue wooden balls onto the bottoms of the pots to make lids for your candy jars and the entire project is just so adorable. These would be wonderful filled with candy and given away as Christmas gifts.
4. DIY Clay Pot Christmas Tree
Clay pots are the perfect shape to make a Christmas tree decoration…if you turn them upside down. This little craft makes a really cool tree by stacking terra cotta pots after they have been painted green. You’ll need three different sizes of clay pots and you can secure them together with a hot glue gun. Once you have them stacked, use acrylic paints to decorate and make your own DIY Christmas tree topper and you’re all done.
5. Terra Cotta Pot Reindeer
This DIY terra cotta pot reindeer makes a wonderful gift or you can use it for your own Christmas decorating. You just paint a face one the pot to look like your favorite reindeer – maybe even add a red painted wooden ball or a red pom pom for a Rudolph nose – and then add the antlers that you can make out of foam board. You can fill these with candy or small gifts or place them around your house for décor.
6. Cute DIY Terra Cotta Pot Penguins
These little penguins are so easy to make and you could do an entire Christmas village with them. Just choose smaller terra cotta pots, paint them black and white and add a painted ball to the top for the head. They’re really easy and so adorably decorative for the holidays. You could do different sizes and have your own little festive penguin family.
7. DIY Clay pot Snowman Light
This clay pot snowman can be a light for outdoors or a candy dish for indoors. You just turn the clay pot upside down and add a frosted glass bowl to make the face. If you are using them for light, you just have to add a tealight candle when you’re finished decorating the snowman. These are super easy and so festive when they’re finished – and they make wonderful gifts.
8. DIY Frosty The Snowman Candy Dish
Here is another adorable little snowman that you make with clay pots and he doubles as a candy dish. Decorate in the colors or designs that you want and then just add a frosted glass bowl for the face, which doubles as a candy holder. A wooden ball painted white makes a nice little pom pom for the hat that also doubles as a handle for the candy dish. These are really easy and make the most adorable homemade Christmas gifts.
9. DIY Stacked Outdoor Clay Pot Snowman
Larger clay pots stacked on top of each other make a wonderful snowman for the front porch. You’ll need three sizes and you want to make sure that they fit into each other so that you can glue them together. Then, paint them white and add your face with acrylic paints. Add black pom poms or painted wooden balls for the buttons and a bow and hat, which you can craft out of wood and paint black.
10. Adorable DIY Clay Pot Gingerbread Man
This clay pot gingerbread man is made from different sizes of pots and he’s quite adorable. Actually, you could use plastic planting pots for this one, especially for the arms and legs. You just assemble your little gingerbread man and then paint the details on with acrylic paints. Add a bow or ribbon and a candy cane and he’s the most adorable Christmas decoration you have ever seen.
11. Decoupage Clay Pot Christmas Ornament
This clay pot is decorated with the most adorable Christmas kitties and it’s perfect for decorating around your home this holiday season. You can do your own decoupage with mod podge and your image of choice. Then, you just add the painted details and a bow and you’re all done. I found this one on Etsy. It’s four and a half inches round and six inches high and you can grab it for just $20 if you don’t want to make it yourself.
12. Outdoor Clay Pot Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is my favorite Christmas story – well, one of them anyway, and this DIY Nutcracker that you can make out of larger clay pots is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. This is so easy. You just stack two pots for the legs and add another for the body – you do the same thing for the head and hat; then you paint them all in the appropriate colors and add embellishments with gold paint and tinsel. These will go so beautifully with your other DIY outdoor Christmas decorations.
13. DIY Olaf Christmas Candy Jar
Olaf is sure to bring joy to your home, especially if you have little ones who are obsessed with Frozen. This Olaf Christmas candy jar is super easy to make and looks so much like the character from the favored Disney movie. To make Olaf, you need a glass bowl as well as two smaller terra cotta pots for his head. You add hair and arms with brown pipe cleaners and then use paint to add your finer details.
14. Whimsical DIY Clay Pot Santa Claus
This little Santa Claus is almost too adorable and you can make him really easily out of smaller terra cotta pots. I love the glittery paint and you use white texture snow paste to get the snowy effect. A Styrofoam ball makes his face and you just glue the pieces together and then add your details for his face, hands, and of course, that cute little red nose.
15. Clay Pot Santa Chimney Mishap
How adorable is this little Santa mishap? It’s Santa’s feet while he heads down the chimney and this is such an easy decoration to make. You need a clay pot for the chimney and then a Styrofoam ball works as the body. The legs can be made from pipe cleaners or red Christmas garland – the kind that has wire in it. Honestly, this is one of the simplest yet more detailed crafts on this list.
16. Santa Pants Poinsettia Planters
Of course, if you are using terra cotta pots, you can always use them as actual planters, right? I love these Santa pants that are perfect for holding your Christmas poinsettias. You just paint two planters red and white and then add your belt to hold them together. This is one of the easiest clay pot Christmas projects that I have found and it’s also one of my favorites.
17. Clay Pot Stacked Christmas Tree
This stacked pot Christmas tree is so easy to make and it is perfect for decorating indoors or out. If you want a couple of trees to go on each side on your front door – which I think would be beautiful – choose larger pots. For an indoor decoration, choose smaller pots. You’ll need three sizes and of course, gems, beads, and other decorations that you glue onto your tree once the green paint has dried. You can also add an actual tree topper to the larger ones or make your own smaller version.
18. Santa And Rudolph Shelf Sitters
These little shelf sitters are so adorable and you can make them from smaller terra cotta pots. You just need to turn the pots upside down, add a painted Styrofoam ball for the head and then add cords or rope for the legs and glue on painted wooden balls for the feet. They will sit right there on your mantel or table and bring joy to your home all season long. You could place them anywhere your Elf on a Shelf would go – there are so many creative ways to decorate with an Elf on a Shelf.
19. DIY Rustic Snowman Bucket Ornaments
If you are looking to add a rustic touch to your Christmas decorating this year, these little snowmen that you make from clay pots are a must. Not only are these easy to make, they’re so adorable and look like tiny little buckets. Add the handles with a bit of wire and then fill them with evergreen, holly berries, tiny pinecones or anything else you want for decoration. They will hang right on the tree by the handles. These are perfect for pairing with your other DIY farmhouse inspired Christmas decorations.
20. Adorable DIY Clay Pot Choo Choo
What’s Christmas without an adorable choo choo train? I love this one that is made from terra cotta pots. It’s so festive with its candy wheels and ribbon. You make this with various different sizes of planters – all of it except for the wheels is made with terra cotta pots! You could even add additional “cars” and fill them all with candy. How cute would this be as a centerpiece on the dinner table or sitting on the mantel? I love the “coal” in the last two pots.
Thanks for these great ideas Vanessa. They are all interesting but the nut cracker, shelf sitters, Santa pants and Snowman bucket ornaments are the catch all to end all. Enjoy Tuesday, since you love Halloween Vanessa.
OMG these are so cute I love making gifts for people I will be making some of these . thank you for posting them
LOVE THESE IDEAS ?
everything I looked at is amazing
Especially loved the nutcracker, but how do you make or what to use for side tassels on shoulders?
There might be many ways Teri that you can make those tassels for the shoulders what it looks like to me is they have taken yarn and possibly sown it onto maybe some styrofoam and on top of it they may have put like some felt on the top some gold filled and glued it to the top of the styrofoam and then they just cut the tassels they looped it and then cut them that's what it looks like to me. Or they could have possibly even used cardboard but they did glue something on the top of it as well they may have taken cardboard and sewn the felt on the top and somehow or another attached to tassels underneath after they sold the top on there's many ways you can do the tassels.the way I would do it us use some white flat styrofoam and sew the gold clothing yard thru it and then glue gold felt to the top of the styrofoam..
Every year I bake cookies with neighborhood children and give their parents a couple of hours to prepare for Santa. We always make a small project to bring home as a gift. I can't decide which to pick they are all great! You can be sure that there is more than one years project here. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for next year.
These clay pot ideas are great. Min always looking for some thing simple . Thanks.