How to Age Terra Cotta Pots

See how to transform new planters into aged, antique looking pots that look like they belong in a European garden! If you want to know how to age terra cotta pots, this simple method is for you.

How to Age Terra Cotta Pots with this simple method!

Moisturizer, eye cream, lotions and potions.

While I’m all over a great anti-aging product, I have the opposite opinion about my terra cotta pots.

Forget those perfectly perfect, brand spanking new pots. Β Like a man, they get better with age …

this is the George Clooney of pots.

How to Age Terra Cotta Pots

Supplies for aging terra cotta pots

* terra cotta pot
* spackling paste
* yellow craft paint
* plastic knife
* paper plate for mixing
* dirt (yes, dirt) or potting soil

1) Mix a glob of speckling paste with a little bit (a little goes a long way!) of yellow craft paint and stir to combine

2) Use plastic knife to spread your mixture onto a terra cotta pot, leaving some areas exposed

3) Rub a little dirt or potting soil all over the painted pot

4) Plant a flower – give as a gift or keep it all for yourself

How to distress terra cotta pots

How to age terra cotta pots - takes just minutes!

Everything old is new again …

at least in the garden.

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  1. Thanks for the tips Kelly!…Many, many years ago, when my terra cotta pots looked old and grungy, I threw them away…wanted clean and pretty pots….and now, we are trying to make them that way!…and I totally love it that way now!.

  2. Kelly, love, love, love this, thanks for sharing. I’ll be doing this for the fall in the new house for sure!!! I won’t have time to plant for the summer since we get in next week. Imagine these with mums, GORGEOUS!!! PINNED!!!


  3. Love this, Kelly! I used to spend hours soaking my pots in vinegar then scrubbing off the…let’s call it “Patina”, to make them look new. That was a total pain in the backside. Seems to me that this will actually add a layer of protection to the clay and I love the way it looks. An Ivy topiary would be very pretty. Thank You!!

  4. I like your method much better too! Thank you for the mention πŸ™‚ Love the color, but don’t put this stuff on your face.

  5. Hi Kelly, I have a tub in my garage and its in blue color tub Dap Dry Dex Spackling but didn’t say paste, would this be same? I love the way these pots looks,Thank you for sharing =)

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