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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How to Get the Look of Aged Terra Cotta Pots

A quick and easy way to add texture and "age" to terra cotta clay pots.

Apparently, my first Monday of the month Dollar Store DIY series is turning into more than a once a month thing.  I hope you don't mind.  I do have other projects planned, but they involve cutting wood and I'd rather wait until it warms up so I don't freeze in the garage.  Until then, I have a large stash of Dollar Tree items that are just begging to be updated. (You can find my 50 favorite Dollar Tree items to hack, makeover and craft with HERE!)

How to easily age clay Terra Cotta pots
Since Dollar Tree now has their spring and garden decor available I thought it would be a good time to share a quick way to age basic terra cotta clay pots.   These little rustic pots are perfect for spring, but they also make great everyday decor.

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Dollar Tree has a couple different size and colors of Terra Cotta pots.  I grabbed both the light and dark medium size pots, but I definetely preferred the look of the darker ones. 
Spring decor and flowers from Dollar Tree

Supplies needed to age Terra Cotta clay pots
1. Apply a generous amount of spackling to random parts of your pot.  This doesn't have to be perfect.  Just clump it on and let the spackling almost dry before sanding.  Remember, you are aiming for a distressed textured look, so don't go crazy and sand too much.
Add spackling to Terra Cotta pots

Add spackling to Terra Cotta clay pots
2.  Using a cotton rag, apply antique wax over the entire pot.
Add antique wax over top spackling
3. Repeat steps one and two until you are happy with the coverage.  If you want a more dramatic distressed look, rub your fingers over the pot to remove some of the spackling and wax before it completely dries.  Otherwise, just let your pot dry to reveal and nice textured "aged" look.
Continue adding layers of spackling and antique wax to clay pot

Rub off spackling and paint for an aged look
You can fill these adorable aged pots with faux greenery, a fresh plant or simply keep them empty.  Either way, they can make a great addition to your rustic farmhouse decor. 

         The best way to get the look of aged terra cotta pots

An easy way to add texture and age Terra Cotta clay pots

Modern Farmhouse entryway with DIY aged Terra Cotta pots.
I just love all the texture the spackling adds and the antique wax gives them the perfect aged look.  Don't you agree?
How to easily age Terra Cotta clay pots

How to age and texture terra cotta pots

Modern farmhouse entryway with aged Terra Cotta Pots

What do you think?  Are you going to run out to Dollar Tree and pick up some terra cotta pots to update and age yourself?  While you're at it, Dollar Tree also has their carrot jump ropes and metal planters in stock that you may want to pick up too.

Disclosure:  I am in no way affiliated with or compensated by Dollar Tree.  I simply like the challenge of taking dollar items and updating them into stylish home decor. 

How to add texture and gage terra cotta pots


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  1. My Dollar Tree hasn't had pots for 6 months this Crafters Square hasn't had any stick on anything that looks good we just don't get nothing there it's just so sad