Decoupaged Terra Cotta Pots

I am adding bright spring colors to my home decor, hoping that will bring Spring here sooner. I am so ready to put away my winter clothes, and I am SO ready to wear my light blazers and flats.

Oh, joy.

Today I will show you a quick tutorial of how you can make these lovely decoupaged terra cotta pots.

We went to Florida in February, and we stop to pick oranges on a fun orange farm. The boys and we enjoyed picking oranges and playing around on the farm. The oranges that we ate there were phenomenal. They seriously had the best oranges, ever! We loved them so much that we took some oranges home, and hub decided to plant those seeds so we can grow those yummy oranges.

Yeah…I can’t wait to see those oranges:-) I am not very optimistic that we will ever see oranges here.:-)

So there were plenty of seeds and my hub germinated them, and once the seeds were split he put them in these plain terra-cotta pots, he marked each pot and put them out to the window. I couldn’t stand anymore how ugly they looked. I decided to pretty those pots.

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I had some beautiful decorative napkins that my sweet friend left for me when she moved back to Hungary, and I decided to use to some of those pretty napkins to decoupage these plain terra cotta pots.

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Materials needed for the project:

– lovely decorative napkins ( possibly with patterns or shapes that you can cut out )

– mod podge

– paint brush

– paint ( acrylic paint would totally work)


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It was so super easy to do, and I love my “new” pots.


1. First I painted my pots. I used Martha Stewart chalk paint for the yellow and regular acrylic paint for the white paint.

2. I let the paint completely dry.

3.While the paint was drying, I  cut out my flowers shape from the napkin.

  4. I mod podge the napkin and slowly smoothed it on the pot.

5. I then sealed the whole pot with a coat of mod podge.


Yep. Simple is that my friends!

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My pots look fabulous now.

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A 15-minute quick craft can go a long way.

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So what are you waiting for my friends?

Find some gorgeous napkins and get decoupaging! So easy and the I bet for anything that you will love the result.

Now I am only waiting for my yummy oranges to grow:-)

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You may also like these pretty Marbled Eggs

Marbled easter eggs-

Or these fun Coffee Filter Flowers


Thanks for stopping by today!


*** This project was featured on a  Housewarming party***

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  1. Ah… cut out napkins!! So clever lady. I did this with fabric and covered the entire pot, but I like your method of just adding the napkin detail to a few spots. Pinning.

  2. Hi, these pots are gorgeous, but do the designs last through plants being watered, as terracotta is porous. Thanks.

    1. Thank you Babz. So far the mod podged design looks the same:-) It was done a few months ago and I water those seeds often. Thanks for visiting and I am glad you like them!

  3. So clever, what a pretty fun project! Love the idea, & it all started with a simple napkin! 😉 I’ll be coming back my fellow artist. Pinned.

  4. Thank you now I’m going to buy as many pots as I can and get started. Beautiful and well illustrated and described.

  5. Hi, I painted a clay pot and decopuaged pictures o it. I then sprayed it with a critic sealer. My pot has bubbles from where water splashed onto it. is my decopauge too old(it’s like 10 years old) or should I not have used the acrylic spray? I am so disappointed.

    1. The same happened to me, and I used new napkins and mod podge. Mold also grew beneath the mod podge around the napkins. I wonder if I did something wrong as well!

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  7. I tried this on a glossy green pot.
    It was tough with the paper napkin, being a novice and all.
    The initial look was great, however
    when I put on the next coat of Modge Podge it was too thick.
    Should I have thinned the final
    Love what you have posted.

  8. Will the napkins will not chip off & can I do the same with pots having plant in them or I should empty the ports & then do it. Also do we have to use any sealant or anything or simply follow as it is

  9. Love your pots. Did you find it difficult to cut the designs out precisely or is it okay to have a little background of the napkin showing? It looks like it might be hard when design has ferny branches or similar?

  10. I am having difficulty finding beautiful napkins for this project. Do you know a good source for the pretty paper napkins? “Anyone? Anyone?”

  11. Will plastic pots work as well?
    Do you have to use chalk paint, or will any leftover paint do okay?
    Can I just clear coat it with clear acrylic spray?
    Do you have other crafts on your site besides this one?
    Thank you,

  12. I have beautiful, floral napkins left over from my Mom’s 89th birthday party. I think this project will be a perfect way to create a reminder of a very special party. I’ll make a pot or two for my sisters as well. ????

  13. Hello, we are about to do this at our women’s church retreat with 182 women! Would it work to just purchase white pots and skip the painting step? That would really help with time and budget for such a large group.
    Thanks in advance!
    Janel Voth

  14. Hi there, how did these hold up? I’d love to make some but wondering if the inside of the pot should be sealed first?

    1. I think the best way to it is to add a plant in a plastic pot into the pot. That way water won’t get through the terra cotta pot.

  15. Lovely idea to dress up Dollar Store pots or old pots. I find pretty napkins at Dollar Tree, especially when a holiday is coming up.

  16. Hi there!
    I love your decoupage pots idea!
    Question: what specific type of mod podge did you use?

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