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How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots

I love terra cotta pots and I thought it might be fun to try a decoupage project with some napkins. I used some old terra cotta pots and made these adorable pots to hold some fresh lavender.

Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Lavender

I love using paper napkins for craft projects. Previously I have used paper napkins on a Valentine’s wooden crate, easter eggs, and a 4th of July wooden crate. Today I am sharing how I decorate terra cotta pots with pink flowered paper napkins. This is a very easy DIY craft.

Steps to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Napkins

Here you can see one of my pots up close. This was before the Mod Podge had actually dried, so it has more white showing than when it was completely dry.

This is a very easy DIY craft because all you need to do is lay the paper napkin on top of the Mod Podge on the clay pot. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as all you do is just press it down (as you can see below). This is a very “forgiving” DIY craft. I promise!

How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots DIY

Once the pots dry you can plant them or use them for storage. I wanted to plant an indoor lavender garden so I planted lavender in all three pots.

Don’t they look wonderful?

Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Lavender

I love printed paper napkins and these are some of my favorites. They are printed on all the entire unfolded napkin. Most paper napkins are dual-ply, so you do need to peel off the backing before you glue them to the pots.

How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Paper Napkins

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Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Mod Podge

To begin, generously apply the Mod Podge to the outside of the terra cotta pot. Be sure to paint the Mod Podge on the top rim and about one inch down on the inside of the pot.

How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Napkins

Place the napkin around the outside of the pot. Be sure to place the napkin so that it is flush to the bottom of the pot.

How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots

Use your fingers to tap the napkin to so that it adheres to the pot, starting at the bottom of the pot.

Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Napkins

Add any additional napkin needed to fill any gaps. Cut the top of the napkin about 1″ taller than the pot.

How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Napkins

Fold the napkin over the top edge of the pot and fold and adhere the napkin to the inside of the top of the pot.

How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with Napkins and Mod Podge

Let the napkin pot dry for about one hour. If you would like to speed up the drying process, you can use a hairdryer. I placed a hairdryer (on its side) and let it sit there, turning frequently. It dried the pot in less than fifteen minutes.

At this point, I will tell you how I dried the smallest pot. Please do not do this as I don’t want you to have any issues. It worked for me, but this IS NOT recommended.

I dried my pot in the air fryer! I know, it sounds really crazy but it worked. I stood right in front of the air fryer, checking it frequently, to make sure it didn’t get too hot. I am afraid that if you do this the pot could get too hot and perhaps ruin your air fryer. SO DON’T DO THIS. I always want to share all of my crazy ideas and this one was probably one that went ok but could have exploded or something. Seriously!

How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots DIY

The last step is you will need to cover the entire area of the napkin with another full coat of Mod Podge. This will protect and seal the paper napkin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is decoupage and Mod Podge the same?

Decoupage is a process where you use a special glue to adhere decorative types of paper to an object and then cover the object with coats of the glue. There are many different types of glue used to decoupage and Mod Podge is one of those types of glue.

What kind of paper can you use for decoupage?

Almost all types of paper can be used for decoupage, including paper napkins, crepe paper and tissue paper.

I hope you will try this craft. It is so much fun, very affordable, and I just love the end result. The pots are not weather safe, so I will keep them inside or under our back porch. Mod Podge does make an outdoor glue, but I have not tried it so I can’t say for sure that it would create a waterproof clay pot.

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7 Responses

  1. I like that you used the entire napkin instead of cutting out each individual flower. I have done this cutting out the designs and it was very tedious. I will definitely give your method a try since it looks so much easier. Your pots turned out great.

    1. Sharon, this really was such an easy craft and such a quick and simple way to dress up a table or garden! Happy Friday!

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