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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.
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
- Soil & Water
- 3 Ixia Bulbs (African Corn Lily)
NOTE: If you’re going to Mod Podge the outside of terra cotta pots, and actually put plants in the pots, you’ll probably want to seal the inside of the pots with a spray sealer. This is so the water doesn’t go right through the clay and to the Mod Podged surfaced.
To start your Mod Podge terra cotta pots, make sure that you wipe off all the dirt. You can rinse with water if you need to and let dry.
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.
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.
Let pot dry (approximately 15 minutes). Fill pot 2/3 full with potting soil; don’t pack too tightly.
Plant Ixia bulbs two inches deep in your Mod Podge terra cotta pots 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.
Mod Podge terra cotta pots tutorial courtesy of and images credited to Dig.Drop.Done.
- 5-inch wide terra cotta pots
- Fabric to cover the pot
- Mod Podge Outdoor
- Scotch Tape
- Place a piece of tape over the drainage hole to prevent leaks while working.
- Cut a length of fabric that wraps around the pot completely. Leave extra length for folding the top and bottom.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let pot dry (approximately 15 minutes). Remove the tape.
- 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.
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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