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Easy Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pots with Fabric

Use pretty fabric on these Mod Podge terra cotta pots for the perfect EASY spring craft project! Makes a great container garden – or gift idea.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a bonus video of some additional clay pot crafts! You’ll find six ways to decorate your clay pots, including fabric. You’re going to love it.

Easy Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pots with Fabric

I love planting – I find it very therapeutic. I have no yard at my apartment, but I do love container gardens, so that is how I satisfy my green thumb urge! The nice thing about container gardens is that they are, well, contained.

The thing I don’t like is that sometimes the clay pots are boring, and the nicer looking pots can get pricey. So how do you remedy the situation? With Mod Podge terra cotta pots, of course!

This tutorial on decorating pots from Dig.Drop.Done will show you how. Not only that, but it’s a great way to present a plant gift to someone. Mother’s Day, anyone? Here’s how these Mod Podge flower pots were done.

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Mod Podge Flower Pots

Gather These Supplies

  • 5-inch wide terra cotta pot (4.5 inches high)
  • Fabric in the patterns of your choice
  • Mod Podge Satin (or Mod Podge Outdoor if they are going to be exposed to the elements)
  • Paintbrush or Sponge
  • Scotch Tape
  • Scissors
  • Soil & Water
  • 3 Ixia Bulbs (African Corn Lily)
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Place a piece of Scotch Tape over the drainage hole to prevent soil from leaking while working.

Cut a length of fabric that will wrap around the pot completely. Leave extra room for folding the top and bottom.

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Dab a bit of Mod Podge onto the pot with a brush or sponge and adhere fabric edge. Lay the fabric onto the pot and continue covering the pot (with fabric) and coating with Mod Podge, all the way around the entire “body” of the pot.

Cut slits in the fabric on the top and bottom to prevent the fabric from overlapping. Trim the fabric on the top and bottom so that there is approximately 1 inch of extra fabric hanging over. At the top, fold the fabric into the pot.

Coat the fabric with Mod Podge so it stays in place. Continue to do so all around the top. Then follow with the same instructions on the bottom.

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Let pot dry (approximately 15 minutes). Fill pot 2/3 full with potting soil; don’t pack too tightly.

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Plant Ixia bulbs two inches deep and cover with soil. Water very sparingly (1/4 cup) until the pot is placed outside in a sunny location. Don’t forget to remove the scotch tape from the bottom of the pot for proper drainage!

Water throughout the flowering season, however, don’t overwater. Ixia like to be kept on the dry side.

Keep containers out of the rain, as the decoupage medium will wash off (unless you use Outdoor Mod Podge). Place under a covered location outside for best results.

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Mod Podge terra cotta pots tutorial courtesy of and images credited to Dig.Drop.Done.

Use pretty fabric on these Mod Podge terra cotta pots for the perfect spring craft project! Makes a great container garden - or gift idea.

Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pots

Yield: 2 pots
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $3

Learn how to decoupage flower clay pots with Mod Podge! It's easy and perfect for decor or gifts.

Materials

  • 5-inch wide terra cotta pots
  • Fabric to cover the pot
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Scotch Tape

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Place a piece of tape over the drainage hole to prevent leaks while working.
  2. Cut a length of fabric that wraps around the pot completely. Leave extra length for folding the top and bottom.
  3. Paint Mod Podge onto the pot with the brush and adhere one edge of the fabric. Lay the fabric onto the pot; continue wrapping the fabric all the way around the entire “body” of the pot, adding Mod Podge as you go.
  4. Cut slits in the fabric on the top and bottom to prevent the fabric from overlapping. Trim the fabric on the top and bottom so that there is approximately one inch of extra fabric hanging over.
  5. At the top, fold the fabric into the pot. Coat the fabric with Mod Podge so it stays in place. Continue to do so all around the top. Repeat at the bottom.
  6. Let pot dry (approximately 15 minutes). Remove the tape.
  7. Fill pot 2/3 full with potting soil; don't pack too tightly. Plant bulbs two inches deep and cover with soil. Water and place in the sun.

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Are you ready to get your bonus video?? Learn how to decorate terra cotta pots six ways using some cool ideas – just press “PLAY” in the center of the video in this post.

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Connie Krohn-pickrell

Tuesday 12th of November 2013

I have had problems with clay pots. They have to be sealed first in order to ModPodge with fabric. I have made 5 now, and they are all molding from the inside. You also have to let the ModPodge cure for weeks before you can plant in them. This comes directly from PLAID. I called them.

Laura

Tuesday 14th of May 2013

wont watering the plant cause problems to the fabric on the outside as terra cotta is pourous and the water will seep through the sides to the outside?

Amy

Tuesday 14th of May 2013

Hi Laura! A lot of clay pots are sealed or don't seep. The ones I have here don't leak through. Maybe it depends on what type you get? I haven't had any problems with my plain clay pots leaking or the Mod Podged ones I've done getting wet.