How to Make Vintage Garden Pots

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I love vintage garden pots but they are hard to find and often expensive. Wait until you see how I made my new terra cotta pots look old.

All you need to do this is a simple gardening product. And about thirty minutes.

How to Make Vintage Garden Pots
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I love everything vintage, including everything that is vintage gardening. But vintage garden pots can be pricey.

I decided to make my own.

And believe it or not, I made them 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?

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. Did I tell you we are hosting a wedding at our home this upcoming weekend?

My only responsibility is to make sure the backyard looks amazing. And to make sure the groomsmen are well fed and well behaved. My son Michael is the best man by the way.

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I have a vintage wooden pot holder that holds twenty-one pots! And they look so much better if they are vintage and not brand new terra cotta pots.

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

A few months ago 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
  • Polycrylic sealer
How to Make Vintage Gardening Pots

Step One  
To age clay pots, mix two cups of garden lime with 1 1/2 cups of 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 garden 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 Polycrylic sealer (inside and outside of pots.) Can you believe how easy it is to age terra cotta pots?

Don’t they look old?

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I cannot believe how easy these were to make.

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

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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.

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15 Comments

  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.

  7. Leslie, That distressed plant holder is fabulous also! Why don’t you do a tutorial on making that…maybe on a smaller scale?! Have a great time hosting the wedding! How blessed the bride and groom are to have such a gorgeous environment!!

  8. Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring ideas.
    Another way to age pots or anything you want is to use buttermilk and live moss from your yard or forest . First mis. The buttermilk moss mixture in a blender or whatever. Coat your pot ,clay or concrete, with the mixture and then put them in the shade in an area where you can mist them to keep them slightly damp. In a few days? You will have moss growing on your pots. This can be done with benches and statuary also to give them an aged look. Love your posts!

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