DYI: Decorating Clay Pots for Fun and for Gifts

Ceramics too..

This process also works nicely on ceramic items as well.

For a birthday gift, I have decorated a creamer and a cup using this technique and the results are beyond expectation.

Photos have been included.

Part 2 of Decorating clay pots

This article gives more tips as to how to decorate clay pots that you can give as gifts or use around your home.

http://pstraubie48.hubpages.com/video/Decorating-Clay-Pots-for-Fun-and-Gifts-Part-2



This is a craft that is fun to do with a group of friends. Since there are several steps in the project, it is nice to have friends to help with some of them. it does not take a lot of concentration so it is the type of activity where you can visit while making the clever little pots.

Terracotta pots hold a special beauty all of their own without any adornment. To use them for a type of storage container inside of the home, glamming them up a bit transforms them into a unique conversation piece.

Winter Wonderland Pot/modge Podge Is Not Dry Yet

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Winterwonderland Pot, Drying

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To Make Painted Bells

Using twine, cut about a 16 inch strip Fold of twine. in half and pull through the hole in the pot. Knot the end that is inside the pot so that it will not come through the pot. Attach a bell in desired.

Using ribbon for a more festive look, follow the same procedure but use multiple colors.

Notice that two different sizes of pots were used.

Using paint create pots for all occasions. There is no limit to what you can create.

Remember to give them a quick spray with acrylic spray as you do with mod podge pots.

Bellartdesings and Nquerco have written about clay pot creatons.

Bellartdesigns has written about other ways to use clay pots.

http://bellartdesigns.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-a-Flower-Pot-Candy-Dish-Step-by-Step-Instructions

Nquerco has written a hub for those of you who are more serious about clay creations..

http://ngureco.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Pottery-How-to-Make-Ceramics-Potters-Wheel-and-Wheel-Throwing

What you need and what to do for painted pots...



  • clay pots
  • Several colors of paint
  • acrylic spray
  • twine/if you wish to make bells
  • ribbon (if desired for indoor use such as party decoration)
  • Paint the pot on the outside (inside too if you wish). Use colors you like.
  • Allow to dry. Spray with acrylic spray. Allow to dry.

What you need

  • two ply napkins
  • small paint brush (an art brush)
  • white flat paint
  • small paint brush (for painting the clay pot)
  • acrylic spray
  • modge podge
  • cans or jars to hang pots over for drying


What to do for pots with napkins..

  • Paint the clay pots white and let dry completely.
  • Select napkin and decide what part you wish to use on your pot.
  • Cut out that part.
  • Using mod podge, paint a portion of the pot.
  • Apply the section you have cut out of the napkin.
  • Then apply mod podge on the top of the napkin.
  • Continue in this way until you have all of the 'decor' on your pot.
  • Set it over a can or bottle to dry.
  • When it is completely dry, turn it upside down in front of you.
  • Scrunch up a piece of napkin and place it inside the hole in the pot. This will close the pot so items will not fall through it.
  • Cover this spot with a piece of napkin that has been carefully cut to fit over the bottom of the pot.
  • Cover that entire area with mod podge. Turn the pot on it bottom and cover the hole (from the inside) with a cut out of napkin and cover with mod podge.
  • Set aside to dry for about 4 or 5 hours especially if you are in a humid climate.
  • After the pot is thoroughly dry, take outside to spray with acrylic spray.
  • Let dry.

Fill with treats for whomever will receive it.This is an attractive unique gift.

Ceramics glammed up

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Peeking inside---of course, use only to sparkle up a little corner of a home

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Another little peek inside

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...'bells' Almost Completed...

'Thomas the Train' ....all aboard!!!

Tissue Paper Pots

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Details: tissue paper pot

Pictured (to the right) is the pot I showed in the video. It is almost finished now. I am not sure that I would use tissue paper again as it does not lend itself to this project as well as napkins due to the texture.

It is difficult to get it to lie flat the way I did it. Mod podge was painted on first, then a sheet of tissue was used to cover the pot, rather than using small sections. I tried it with a different pot (not pictured) using small sections and it went on smoother. This is not my favorite material but it can work.

There is a second pot covered with tissue using a whole section of tissue.Further experimenting will be done. I am thinking that perhaps. cutting strips of tissue, attaching and then painting in between strips...giving a striped effect may be another way to do this craft.

© 2012 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Deborah For me they are a relaxing hobby and a unique way for me to come up with gift for someone I adore.

So nice to see you...much has been happening so I have not been here. I apologize for the long delay in responding.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Deborah-Diane 16 months ago from Orange County, California

These are awesome! I have never thought about doing this for my friends, but it is a great idea. I voted up and shared! ++


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You know, I hope that I can get enough pots ready for a show. So many projects going on right now that I am not sure I will be able to make it happen.

It is great therapy though as I get lost in the creation of them.

Sending you many blessings and Angels this evening, Peggy.


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Peggy W 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

Hope you do get to do another craft show this fall and make some good money. You certainly do have a number of clever ideas for homemade crafts just judging from your hubs regarding them. Craft shows are fun to attend. Wishing for you a beautiful Sunday and week ahead. :)


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes as a matter of fact, Peggy, I have been in several craft shows and did quite well. My plate is a bit full right now but I hope to do another show this fall.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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Peggy W 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

These would make cute gift containers. Thanks for the idea. People do all sorts of innovative things with clay pots. I once saw a scarecrow made out of a number of them placed together. It was cute. Painted ones would be fun for outdoor use. You certainly know your crafts! Have you ever made enough of them to sell in a craft show? Will happily share your ideas with others. Wishing you a wonderful day today!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are right, AuFait, some are better than others. And seeing them 'wet' with Modge Podge does not give the whole picture.

I love this craft. My friends and I used to make them and go to craft shows to sell them and we usually ran out.

Now I only make them as gifts for others.

Thanks for stopping by...Angels are on the way to you once again this morning ps


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas

Some of these are really pretty. Someone is a pretty good painter! Looks like a great gift for Mother's Day or a spring/summer birthday. Make them the base of Easter gift baskets, filling them with seeds and shovels and rubber gloves for gardening and just a few Hershey Kisses in Easter colors. :)


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

My daughter used to paint clay pots when she was younger, but nothing this extravagant. I like Thomas the Tank Engine.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by Animika

I know what you mean about having time...sometimes I just 'make' time to do this as I find it very relaxing. Thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Rebecca I miss you all...so much has happened since I have gone on hiatus..is that the word?? :D

I will try to post a catching up sharing my view some day soon.....

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Audrey Thank you for your kind words.

It is really time for me to begin making more of these. I try to make them up in advance so that when that special someone has a birthday I am not rushing around.

I hope you have a chance to give this a try.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Anamika S 2 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Good Hub! This used to be my pass time while in school and college. Now I do not have the time or patience to do it.


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The Dirt Farmer 2 years ago from United States

Love the cups and saucers especially, Patricia. What a fun hub. Shared & pinned.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Lovely! Shared and pinned to my crafty projects board. Great to see you again ps.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Dear ps - I want to tell you how much joy your hub on decorating clay pots has brought to me. I can't wait to try your ideas. The video was so helpful as are the photos you've included. Big votes up, bookmarking and sharing!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

This is a craft that works every time and is so much fun to do with someone else. I hope you saw some ideas you can use. Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you , Mary. I use these often as gifts. I will try to find a napkin that reflects something my loved one likes and use it.

So glad to see you today :D

Angels are on the way to YOU


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Very interesting post


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Your clay pot idea is just wonderful! I'm always looking for new craft ideas: thank you.

Voted up and shared.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Again I do so love this craft It is a fun one we can do with friends and family, kids and adults. Thanks for stopping by .

Angels keep coming your way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Again I do so love this craft It is a fun one we can do with friends and family, kids and adults. Thanks for stopping by .

Angels keep coming your way ps


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Decorating Clay Pots for Fun and for Gifts beautifully put together and another excellent video. Informative, useful and always with a creative thought.


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Randomovic 3 years ago from Egypt

Interesting .


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, Freezeframe...

It is a fun project that is great for a group activity. I am getting ready to make these with a group of friends so will be publishing a new video soon. Sending Angels to you:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, Freezeframe...

It is a fun project that is great for a group activity. I am getting ready to make these with a group of friends so will be publishing a new video soon. Sending Angels to you:) ps


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FreezeFrame34 3 years ago from Charleston SC

Very helpful article! I bought clay pots today with the idea to decorate. This hub puts my vision into perspective.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Lamp shades. That sounds like a really clever idea. I will have to give that a try. I love hubpages. Someone always has a clever idea!!! Thank you very much.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

moonlake...thanks for the vote up. Yes, they are easy to make and they turn out so nicely. I have given them for gifts many times. It is a fun craft to do with others. We used to get about 4 or 5 of us together and make a bunch of pots. One of my friends and I even made them and sold them at craft fairs for a while. Thank you for stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Your pots are very cute. Not hard to do at all. Kind of like what I did with some lamp shades but I used glue will have to try mod podge. Voted UP.

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