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How to Make a Clay Terra Cotta Flower Pot Candy Dish: Step by Step Instructions

Updated on March 6, 2014

Candy Jars...Cookie Jars...Goodie Jars...

Turn an ordinary terra-cotta flower pot into a wonderful candy dish, cookie jar, goodie jar, planter, or even a fish tank! This tutorial gives step by step instructions on how to make it happen. Involve the kids because it is a fun project for the whole family, so keep reading to explore the details that encompass this wonderful fun experience.

Gift Ideas

Teachers: fill one with a gold fish for the classroom to enjoy

Secretaries: fill one with chocolates for the office

Executives: fill one with mints for those long meetings

Mothers: fill one with cookies for the kids

Doctors Office: fill one with a plant

Seamstress: fill one with notions

There are so many possibilities - just use your imagination!


  • 8" Terra Cotta/ceramic/clay flower pot
  • 8" Bubble glass bowl
  • 6" Ceramic/clay saucer
  • Wooden round knob (I prefer the large)
  • Spray paint (color of your choice)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Acrylic paints (your choice - you can lighten them with the white)
  • paint brush(s)
  • glue for glass/ceramic - make sure it is waterproof
  • painters pallet (plate works great too)
  • Polyurethane (if you desire)
  • Candy of your choice

Visual Instruction

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Gather Materials

  1. Spray paint the flower pot and saucer - let dry
  2. Paint circles (to represent gumballs) on the flower pot with acrylic paints - let dry
  3. Paint white mark to represent light hitting the circle (with acrylic paint) - let dry
  4. Paint knob (you could have done this in step 1 if using the same color as pot) - this is also when you would polyurethane if you desire (if you do - the jar can be washed without it getting messed up)
  5. Put a generous amount of glue on bottom of glass bowl and top (really the bottom) of pot
  6. Put the glass and pot together - position into place - let fry according to manufacture on glue bottle
  7. Put a generous amount of glue on bottom of wooden knob and put in center of saucer
  8. Fill dish with candy


Congratulations! You have created a candy dish out of a flower pot. They are so simple to make and people love them because they are unique in their own way, not to mention versatile. Just use your imagination and create any design or size you want.

Happy Creating!


  • Paint the base color all at one time
  • Use Polyurethane spray so the jar can be protected and washed
  • Paint the knob a different color than the saucer to make it "pop"
  • Use a waterproof glue
  • Only use smooth pots
  • Always wash the glass bowl before applying glue

More Ideas...

  • Candy Dish
  • Planter
  • Fish Bowl
  • Jar for Raffle Tickets
  • Cookie Jar
  • Catch All (my daughter has one in her room for hair bows and clips)
  • Sewing notions
  • Change Jar


  • Purple looks great on small pots
  • Great gift for teachers
  • Use stencils or stamps if you can't paint well
  • Always let paint dry between applications or you will have a mess!
  • Use small wooden knobs for small pots


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    • lady rain profile image

      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      Such a fun project to do. I think the pictures were great!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      What a cute idea! Nice suggestions for using even in business! Voted up and beautiful.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      This is SO cute! Very nice!

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      This is such a great project! I love the idea of putting one in an office, either with candy in it, or a plant. Pinning this to share with others!!

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      Alex Rose 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is so adorable and creative! love it.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      So glad you shared even more clever ways to use our versatile little clay pots. These are so cute and will be a welcome gift to all who receive them.

      I have shared this hub in one I wrote, How to Decorate Clay Pots for Fun and For Gifts.

      I have pinned this one too.

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      lzlpio90 6 years ago

      This is amazing and unique! I wanna try doing this one for decorating plants... It's really beautiful!

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      Carmen Beth 6 years ago

      Great project for older kids. Really innovative.

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      nenytridiana 6 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

      They are cute stuff. And your 'step by step instructions' is clearly easy to follow. Thank you bellartdesigns. I will try it!

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      bellartdesigns 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thanks to everyone. As for the stashing of chocolates - well....I actually do that! The kids have no idea!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Cute, cute project with lots of possible variations!

      Voted up.

      I would use mine to stash my special dark chocolates underneath... :)

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      Virginia Kearney 6 years ago from United States

      Lots of fun! Very clever idea. I think this would make a great group project.

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      sestasik 6 years ago

      This is a brilliant and unique idea! Thanks, I'm definitely going to have to make one of these. Voted up!

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      bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California

      That is a really great craft project! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing and adding so many good pictures too.