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How to Make Vintage Garden Pots

I love vintage garden pots but they are hard to find and often expensive. I decided to make my own from terra cotta red pots for my new spring garden.

How to Make Vintage Garden Pots

I love everything vintage, including everything that is vintage gardening. But vintage garden pots can be pricey.

I decided to make my own.

I shared How To Age Terra Cotta Pots a while back and included two different ways to age garden pots.

Today I wanted to share which one of those methods is my favorite.

I love using Garden Lime.

You can see how great my pots look. don’t my terra cotta pots look like they have been around for a very long time?

Plant a Spring Garden

Garden Lime Vintage Garden Pots

As I mentioned, I painted terra cotta red pots with Garden Lime and they look amazing!

It took me about five minutes to paint all of these pots.

I have been reorganizing our backyard these past few weeks. I used to have this amazing vintage wooden pot holder filled with succulents. I was ready for a change and decided it would be perfect for herbs and flowers.

There was one problem. I didn’t have enough terra cotta red pots.

I went to The Home Depot and bought enough to fill the wood plant stand.

All that was left to do was paint the terra cotta red pots to look like vintage garden pots. (Sport looks ready to help. Ok, maybe not!)

Why I Need Vintage Garden Pots

How to Paint Terra Cotta Red Pots to Look Like Vintage Garden Pots

What You Need

  • One bag of Garden Lime
  • Terra Cotta pots
  • Sponge Brushes
  • Paint stirrers
  • Fine sandpaper, gloves, old plastic bowl
  • Matte Clear spray
How to Make Vintage Gardening Pots

Step One  
To age clay pots, mix two cups of garden lime with 1 1/2 cups water.  Stir thoroughly (and continue stirring throughout the entire time).

The Garden Lime may look like tiny pebbles. Stir it, let it sit for a while, and then stir again. The pebbles will dissolve.

Terra Cotta Red Pots Turned Vintage

Step Two

With a sponge brush, paint over pots with a thick coat of the lime. Add a second coat if necessary. Paint inside the pots about two to three inches from the top.

How to Make Vintage Garden Pots

Step Three

Let dry. Sand lightly with sandpaper to create aging spots.

Step Four

Spray lightly with clear matte sealer (inside and outside of pots.) Can you believe how easy it is to age terra cotta pots?

Don’t they look old?

Spring Garden

I cannot believe how easy these were to make.

Spring Garden

As soon as the sealer was dry, I planted the pots!

Plant a Spring Garden

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Garden Lime?

Lime is a rock powder that serves as a soil conditioner, and while it does contain nutrients like calcium and magnesium, it’s not a fertilizer. It reduces the effect of elements like manganese, aluminum, and iron which are acidic and toxic to plants.

Where can I buy Vintage clay pots?

I see them at vintage flea markets all of the time. You can also find them online but shipping can be expensive.

How to Make Vintage Garden Pots

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12 Responses

  1. Beautiful! I love, love, love this entire diy. So fabulous, and I must put it on my ‘ this summer’ diy list. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. Leslie .. YOU ARE TOTALLY AMAZING 💯💖💝
    Is there NOT ONE THING YOU CANNOT DO ??
    The BEAUTY YOU BRING TO YOUR HOME , AND FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW . YOUR FAMILY IS SO BLESSED TO HAVE YOU IN THEIR LIVES . Such a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. THANK YOU FOR BEING ON INSTAGRAM SHARING YOUR MANY TALENTS WITH US FOLLOWERS . WOULD LOVE TO STAY AT YOUR AIR B&B ONE DAY . THANK YOU FOR YOU 🥰

  3. I love your vintage-looking clay pots! I have never been a fan of the orangey-red of terra-cotta pots, but I love the look of vintage clay pots! I will be trying your method on the pots I already have. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Those look incredible. I love vintage everything too. I will certainly be trying these. Thank you, Leslie.

  5. Love this idea Leslie! I may have missed it, but could you share details on the matte sealer you used? Thank you!!

    This technique meets my need for seeing immediate results. (I tried “Martha’s method” for making moss covered pots years ago, but it didn’t work.)

  6. Can you give directions on how to create moss covered pots or statues? Any cottage garden tips would be appreciated. I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing such awesome ideas.

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