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Fun Ways to Decorate Terracotta Pots

Updated on September 17, 2014

So Easy to Make

A terracota doll
A terracota doll | Source

Terracotta Pots - A world of possibility.

Spending time in country Australia draws me ever closer to some of the small craft hobbies that people participate in. As I sit writing this I have two small terracotta girls smiling back at me.

Hand crafted, these two ever smiling imps are simple, colourful, and best of all, so easy to make. Terracotta pots are the perfect vehicle for young children to vent their creative energies.

What You Will Need

1 Small (1-2’) terracotta pot

4 Small ‘wooden beads

1 Large 1’ wooden bead (about double the size if the small ones)

3 Feet of brown twine

1 Fine paint brush

1 ’ Paint brush

Craft glue

Various coloured paints. Leftovers from previous house paintings are fine. Bright colours preferred.

A new addition to our terracotta doll family
A new addition to our terracotta doll family | Source

Our Pot Girls!

Our Pot Girls!
Our Pot Girls!

The How To

Assembly

Paint the ceramic pot with a bright base coat. Let this dry and if required paint on a second coat.

Once the pot is dry and the colour even, let your imagination run wild and paint the pot with any design you like. Flowers, patterns or even little clothes for the ceramic pot people works well. Don't hold back and be as imaginative as you like.

Next, take the largest bead and paint a face on it. Once all the paint is dry, cut the brown twine into three 6' lengths. Thread a small bead on to the end of two of the lengths and tie them off with two neat knots. About 3' up tie the two 'legs' together in a knot.Thread both the lengths through the small hole in the ceramic pot until the knot stops you threading through anymore twine, ensuring that the beads are at the open end of the pot.

Take the large bead with the face on and thread the two lengths of twine through it and tie off with a small knot. As with the previous knot, this will hold the 'head' in place.

Take the last piece of thread and attach a bead on each end and tie knots to ensure they don't fall off. Take these 'arms' starting in the middle, tie them in a knot under the large 'head' bead.

Now you have arms, legs and head all held in to place.

Finally cut your remaining twine into 4' lengths and twirl them around a pen. This will give them a curl as the hair. Glue the hair to the large bead; ensure that you cover both the knot on the top and that you have the face pointing in the right direction.

Finally, glue on a head covering. A small piece of cloth makes a great scarf or small hats can be bought quite cheaply from your local craft store or Amazon.

Use Your Imagination

Terracotta Christmas Bell Decorations

What you need.

1 small pot

3ft (1m) coloured cord

4 wooden beads

Craft glue

Lengths of silk ribbon, small bells, holly, paint or anything else your creative mind thinks of.

Assembly

Thread on one bead and tie off.

Leave about 2' (4-5cm) then tie another knot.

Thread on a second bead (this bead will be the 'ringer').

Then measure the length of the cord against the pot leaving a couple of centimetres (1 ') hanging.

Knot a third bead to stop the cord being pulled through the hole.

Thread the cord through the hole ensuring the ringing bead hits the side of the pot.

Thread the fourth bead on the top of the pot and secure it firmly in place with a final knot. (You can just use knots to secure the cord in place if you don't have enough beads or the hole in the pot is small enough)

Decorate the pot with Christmas colours, ribbons, holly or whatever Christmas decorations you like.

Hang them around the house or from your Christmas tree.

The pots look great sprayed with a bright gold or silver paint.

Ho, Ho, Ho. Very Festive!

Are you a Terracotta Pot Crafty?

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    • flycatcherrr profile image

      flycatcherrr 

      5 years ago

      These are pretty cute little pot people - I can see that the possibilities would be endless fun!

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is something to try. Nice to decorate the garden.

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      soaringsis 

      5 years ago

      Wow! These pots are so attractive. Thanks for sharing.

    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very cute and they look pretty easy to make.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      This really is a fun and adorable craft!

    • BlogsWriter profile image

      BlogsWriter 

      5 years ago

      Wow, these terracotta pots look so lovely, I cannot put my eyes aside.

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: We liked them ;-) Kept my mum very amused!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      This is such a cute craft idea. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @LynetteBell: They look good on a Xmas tree ;-)

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @deforst: A Xmas tree fairy... good idea.

    • LynetteBell profile image

      LynetteBell 

      5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What a nice idea! Like the bell...

    • deforst profile image

      deforst 

      5 years ago

      Not yet...had no idea these even existed until now! But I think I know a niece who may have a ball making one...but it will have to be pink...and probably have fairy wings!!

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