Decoupage Terra Cotta Pot


Decorate a small terra cotta pot using the decoupage technique. We used extra material from a favorite dress that grandma made to decorate this cute pot. It can be used as a pencil and pen holder, garlic holder or utensil holder for small kitchen items. You could even put a small plant in it.

Decoupage Terra Cotta Pot


  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Fabric Squares. Cut squares about 1.5 inches.
  • Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre Non Toxic Water Based Sealer, glue and finish. This is decoupage glue.
  • Acrylic Sealer Spray
  • Scissors
  • Small container for Mod Podge and brush


  • Cut fabric or cards into squares approximately 1.5 inches.
  • Sort the fabrics into piles so the patterns will vary.
  • Pour some Mod Podge into a small dish.
  • Select a square and brush until the entire piece is saturated.
  • Start with the top of the pot and overlap over the rim about a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.
  • Continue with the next row overlapping pieces until pot is covered.
  • Go over entire pot with a light coat to make sure no spots are missed.
  • Let dry on cookie sheet, waxed paper or other non stick surface.
  • Spray with Acrylic Sealant two coats recommended. (Adult Only) Let Dry.
  • Add a bow, or small sequins (optional)
  • Fill with Coffee Filter Flower Pencils or Flower Pens with Message

Tips and Suggestions

  • We selected fabric from their favorite Hello Kitty outfits Grandma made that they no longer can fit. We thought this would add special meaning to the project.
  • You can use Elmer's Glue and water to get a similar result. Use approximately the same amount of water as glue.
  • Mod Podge comes in Matte and glossy so be sure to check the bottle before purchasing to get the result you want.
  • At first your child can just glue on the pieces with the pot on the newspaper. After it is easier for an adult to hold while your child selects a square and adheres it.

Other Materials

Other items to decoupage: Cut outs from special cards, wrapping paper, stickers, or magazine cut outs. We selected fabric since it is very pliable on curves.

Educational Note

Mother's Day is relatively modern, and has been celebrated from about the start of the 20th century. In countries other than the United States, mother's day is also celebrated however, it may be on a different day because of the different origins. In the UK it is called Mothering Sunday and some countries refer to is as International Women's Day.