Mothers day craft: dry wall tape decoupaged pot

Mother's Day craft - decoupage clay pot

Do you need a gift idea for a teacher or a mom this spring? A fresh, potted plant is a thoughtful gift . . . but sometimes the container they come in can be a little boring, don’t you think?

I picked up this little calla lily plant for a gift recently. It was planted in a simple terra cotta pot. I liked the texture of the clay . . . but I felt the pot needed a little something else. I looked around the house for something that would work to decorate the pottery. I spotted some dry wall tape and knew that would be perfect!

hardware store craft terra cotta pot

Want to learn how I made it? Grab some Mod Podge and let’s get busy! It’s a simple way to update a terra cotta pot with decoupage – and make a great mothers day craft or teacher’s gift.

Supplies needed:


Step one:
Measure and cut a strip of dry wall tape that will run vertically over the lower section of the pot. Press the tape to the clay and brush a thick coat of Mod Podge over the tape to help secure it down.


Step two:
Cut more strips and apply each one, overlapping the prior strip. Apply more decoupage to adhere everything down. Continue to work your way around the pot to cover the whole area.


Step three:
Trim two sections of tape that will fit around the top lip/section of the pot. Apply them and use more Mod Podge. Allow the glue to dry. The outdoor Mod Podge formula I received from Plaid will stand up to moisture (which is why I decided to use it) but you can seal with an outdoor acrylic spray, if desired. (I did not since my pot already had a flower in it.)


I love the way this little pot turned out. I like that you can still see terra cotta peeking underneath. The lines of the tape add interest and update a basic plant to something a little more modern. If you didn’t want to use dry wall tape, colorful tissue paper or something else sheer would also be pretty.

Mod Podge clay pot

Now you’ll have an easy, yet one-of-a-kind gift to give someone this spring!

About the Podger: You might call Shannon the Clark Kent of craft blogging. By day, she is a pharmacist and by night she shares simple ideas for crafts, décor and much more with her readers. She also craves chocolate, loves a thrifty find and tries (often unsuccessfully) to avoid glue gun burns. You can find Shannon on her blog, Madigan Made, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle + or Pinterest, too.

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  1. heidi says

    When you use the mod podge with the dry wall tape couldn’t you decorate the plant pot with lace and decorative flowers? Just a idea