3 Ways to Age Terracotta Pots

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Aging terracotta pots is a fun craft for any time of year. Do you love the look of old weathered pots? You know the ones which have taken on a chalky appearance from minerals and salts leaking out over the years. No need to wait, you can easily create faux aged look in no time.

Three Ways to Age Terracotta Pots

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Today I’m sharing three super easy and inexpensive ways to create faux aged terracotta pots.

~ Whitewash ~

White washed pot - aged terracotta pots - gardenmatter

This is the easiest of the three. You can easily whitewash a pot by using white or cream craft paint and water, about a 50/50 solution. Simply wash the entire pot using a sponge brush. This is kind of messy, so make sure you have plenty of newspaper to cover your work surface. Apply the watered down paint liberally, keeping a cloth or damp paper towel nearby, to catch drips, remove excess paint, and dab until you get the look that pleases you.

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You can also get a similar effect by using a dry brush technique. Take an old bristle brush and a little bit of full-strength paint. Wipe most of the paint off onto newspaper so that only a little remains, and then sparing brush the paint onto the pot as shown in the picture above of my flower pot centerpiece project.

~ Sgraffito ~

Sgraffito Pot - faux aged pot - gardenmatter.com

The second technique is called “Sgraffito,” which comes from the Italian Sgraffire, which means “to scratch.” In this method you paint your pot with one or more colors, then once it is dry, apply a second coat or more, on top. Then using sandpaper, simply remove or scratch some of the top coat revealing the color(s) underneath.

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Originally I though I would create a moss effect with paint and sponges but I wasn’t happy with the results, and I wanted something that coordinated with the other pots, so I painted it white and used sandpaper to distress the pot and now I love it.

~ Fresco ~

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The third and final technique is a Fresco method, created by using ready mixed plaster. This will give the pot a unique stucco effect, similar to those old barnacle-like styles you can find in expensive garden shops.

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Using a knife or the back of a spoon, work the plaster on to the pot. Let dry and paint the entire pot with watered down white paint. Yes, it’s that easy.

Terracotta Pot Gift - faux aged pots - gardenmatter.com

These pots are beautiful with flowers but you can also use them as a great gift container, by applying the same paint technique to a terracotta saucer and use it as a lid. Fill it with anything from a bag of chocolates to jewelry or a pretty tea towel. The possibilities are endless.


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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I love all three, the second one is my favorite. Great project and so simple to create something unique. I love Terracotta pots. I was in a farm/garden store not long ago and asked the young gal where I could find their Terracotta pots and she looked at me and said, “what’s that?” My response, “How about a clay pot?” Needless to say it was a unsuccessful conversation that made me wonder who doesn’t know Terracotta?

    • Hi Carole,

      That is too funny! It never occurred to me that some people may not know what a terracotta pot it. Oh well, I’ll have to include the term clay pot in my sharing. Thanks for the kind words and the great story!

  2. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this. Thanks for the tutorial. Visiting from Blogtalk.

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