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Easy Terra Cotta Pot Makeover

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I am really shocked by the amount of holiday creep I’ve seen this year! At the beginning of August, my Pinterest feed was taken over pumpkin spice this and vanilla chai that, and just this week I saw Christmas merchandise at the craft store. Loads and loads of it! Not just a few items here and there – Christmas merch has taken over most of the comparatively small store and all things “summer” have been relegated to clearance, which seems downright strange for August in Hawaii. I don’t really care what the merchandizing trend is, I’m going to take things one holiday at a time. Since I’m writing a solid two weeks before Labor Day, it’s officially still summer, even if you don’t live in the tropics. That’s why today I’m sharing an easy Terra Cotta pot makeover with that fun textured spray paint from before (I used it in this beachy vase project)! It has a decidedly beachy vibe and it’s the perfect way to celebrate these final weeks of summer before succumbing to the flood of Halloween and Christmas projects.

Simple Terra Cotta Pot Makeover

This beachy textured pot is so incredibly easy to make. You hardly need any supplies! All you need is:

  • A terra cotta pot! I used a 5″ pot from the craft store.
  • Krylon Textured spray paint. I used “Sandstone” in with “fine” texture. It’s available at most home improvement, hardware, and craft stores
  • Sea shells, starfish, or other decorations
  • Hot glue
  • A pretty plant =)

cute potted plant

That’s it!

supplies for easy terra cotta pot makeover

1. Peel off that annoying label that doubtlessly came on your pot and doesn’t really want to let go, then protect an outdoor work surface with cardboard, newspaper, plastic, or something else to keep your lawn/table/sidewalk from being painted. As with virtually all paints, this paint works best when you apply several light coats instead of one or two heavy ones. The textured spray paint will cover the terra cotta, so don’t give up! I applied six light coats to achieve the pictured coverage.

textured spray paint clay pot

2. Allow your clay pot to dry, then bring it indoors and get ready to decorate!


3. “Dry fit” your shells or other decorations to decide where, exactly, you want them. I applied shells around the upper rim.

dry fit the shells before gluing

4. Very carefully apply a generous bead of hot glue around the “back” rim of a shell, then stick it in place. Be careful! Hot glue is, well, hot! This is a great project for a low temp gun, if you have one.

hot glue the shell

5. Add your potted plant et voila! You now have a fresh new potted plant in your home.

add your potted plant

So how about all this holiday creep? What are your feelings? Are you excitedly pinning pumpkin spice doughnut recipes? Or annoyed that the retails halls are already decked with holly?


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  • BeadedTail August 18, 2016, 16:00

    Love the beachy look of that pot! I’m so not ready for summer to be over so I ignore all the pumpkin, Halloween, fall stuff in the shops. It seems to be earlier this year because I don’t really remember fall being promoted until after my birthday at the end of August before. It’s still summer in our house!

    • Natashalh August 19, 2016, 07:34

      It does feel earlier this year! I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way/imagining things. It’s even more confusing when I see all that stuff so early here in Hawaii! People don’t even really carve pumpkins because they just rot. Hope you enjoy the rest of summer and have a great birthday!

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