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How to Make Aged Terra Cotta Pots – Gift Idea (with help from Cricut)

How to create DIY aged terra cotta pots with paint & gift idea for your mossy terra cotta pots. Includes a video tutorial on how to age terra cotta pots & ideas to use Cricut Explore Air & Cricut Access for the gift.

Happy Spring my friends! I’m excited to show you how I aged terra cotta pots with paint and used my new Cricut Explore Air to create Spring-themed gifts.

Yup, as of March 20 it’s technically ‘Spring’ and so I hope that the weatherman in your town has gotten on board with the calendar.

I was looking for a way to make some very simple Spring-themed gifts for friends, neighbors, and family, came up with an idea and love how it turned out. If you are anything like me, this time of year you are yearning to soak up all growth that this season brings.

Aged Terra Cotta Pot : Completed Planter gifts
Aged Terra Cotta Pot Planter Gifts

Flowering spring bulbs are a great way to do that and so I knew I wanted to go that direction. If you start soon enough, you can force some bulbs indoors. But if you’re like me and don’t always plan ahead, you can always find a pot of bulbs at your local hardware store that are just starting to bloom and divide them as needed.

I picked up a pot of 5 Hyacinths that were just about to start blooming for less than $9.00.  While at the hardware store, I also picked up 4″ terra cotta pots and saucers. The total for each pot set was less than $5.00. 

Aged Terra Cotta Pots: New pot before aging

I do love terra cotta as is, but since I’m all about channeling moss and greenery this year, I wanted to give my pots a little treatment to make them appear mossy with that aged terra cotta look.

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What I used to age  terra cotta pots:

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How to age terra cotta pots:

It is really so very easy-peasy to age terra cotta pots with paint and also quick as the acrylics dry so fast.

  • With your green, just put a few patches of ‘moss’ in a couple of random places.Aged Terra Cotta Pot: How to use paint to age clay pots
  • Let it dry for about a half hour.
  • Water down the white chalk paint…about 75/25 water to paint.
  • Use a paper towel to dab the white on and then immediately wipe it off, more in some places…just very haphazardly.Aged Terra Cotta Pot: How to use paint to age clay pots
  • Use about the same 75/25 ratio for the glazing medium/brown paint and dab it on with a paper towel and then immediately rub it off in places, again, without a pattern…just here in there.
  • And don’t forget to age the saucers too!Aged Terra Cotta Pot: How to use paint to age clay pots

Here’s a wee little video showing how to age terra cotta pots with paint. Note that in the video I used more paint than I recommend in 75/25 ratio for both the white and the brown glaze. The still pictures in this post reflect me using closer to the 75/25 ratio.

I love the aged and mossy feel that these aged terra cotta pots have. Such an easy project, with detailed instructions, materials list and a video. And these pots, with a little plant tucked in, make such perfect gifts. The tags made with the help of Cricut Explore Air, add the final touch
Aged Terra Cotta Pot : Completed Planter gifts
Planter gifts using DIY aged terra cotta pots

So, I had my aged terra cotta pots and my hyacinths, but I was looking for just a little something extra to finish my little potted gifts. And since this project corresponded with me looking for things to make with my new Cricut Explore Air…it was another kismet moment.

Aged Terra Cotta Pot : close up of completed Planter gifts using Cricut
Planter gifts using DIY aged terra cotta pots

I used my Cricut to make the little signs for my little terra cotta pots. If you are new to Cricut, using images in Cricut Access is the easiest place to start.

DIY aged terra cotta pots : Using Cricut to make Planter Gifts signs
Using Cricut to make gift signs

And since I was plumb out of popsicle sticks but did have some leftover balsa wood from my son’s Pinewood Derby Days in the garage, I used the Cricut to cut the little sticks out. I’m still exploring all the possibilities of this fun little machine!

Here are some of my takeaway about using the Cricut Explore Air for this project:

  • There are so many great images to use in the Cricut Access inventory.
  • The image I finally decided upon was pink, but I was looking for a purple to go with my hyacinths. It was SO easy to change the color of the image, which really just amplifies the inventory options. You can pull elements from images and change the colors of images to really multiply your creative options.
  • I am having fun learning all the different materials I can cut with the Cricut Explore Air. So far I’ve cut balsa wood, vinyl, paper, thick felt and flocked paper.
  • You can use the Cricut Access library for just printable projects that you don’t need your Cricut for.  Just a really great source of images and fonts in general.

If you have a Cricut and are interested how to use images from Cricut Access and the ‘Print then Cut’ feature of the machine, I made another little video to show how I did that.

aged terra cotta pots and flowering bulbs

If you need a little housewarming gift, a Teacher Appreciation Day gift (yup, that’s right around the corner!), a hostess gift or just a ‘Happy Spring’ gift; I hope you are able to use some of these ideas.  It was almost as fun to make these gifts as it was to actually give them! I can definitely see myself making more of these aged terra cotta pots, I do love the way they turned out.

Lastly, if you are looking for more DIY Cricut projects, check out these leather cord keepers that I used my Cricut to make. They make fantastic gifts as well!

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