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DIY Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pots

Make these fun DIY Mod Podge terra cotta pots to add to your spring decor. This post answers the questions: what is mod podge, how to use mod podge, and does mod podge dry clear?

how to use mod podge on terra cotta pots

It’s been a really long time since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned craft session…so I decided it’s high time we fixed that oversight! Today’s project is only the second Mod Podge craft I’ve ever shared on the blog. The first one was this Mod Podge Pumpkin, way back in 2013. So it’s been a while!

What is Mod Podge?

Just in case you don’t know, Mod Podge is a decoupage medium that is the ultimate multi-tasker…it glues, seals, and protects. It is used to adhere paper or fabric to just about any surface imaginable. There are several different versions to choose from, but my favorite is the formula with the matte finish. 

Does Mod Podge Dry Clear?

The answer to that question is a definite YES. That’s the beauty of the product. It’s goes on white, but in just a few minutes, it dries to a clear and very hard finish. 

How to Use Mod Podge on Terra Cotta Pots

Full disclosure: I did not come up with this craft on my own. These terra cotta pots have been floating around Pinterest for years, and I’ve always wanted to make my own version. So let’s go!

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What you Need:

(The larger cylinder pots are from Hobby Lobby, but aren’t available online.)

terra cotta pot with mod podge

Step 1: It’s a personal choice whether or not to paint your pots. If you like the terra cotta finish, by all means leave them unpainted. I wanted a soft white finish, so I painted mine with one quick coat of chalk paint. Make sure to let the pots dry completely before proceeding.

peeling layers of napkin for crafting

Step 2: Unfold several napkins and separate the layers. Most napkins are either 2-ply or 3-ply. For this project, you want the top layer only.

cut out napkins for mod podge craft

Step 3: Cut out designs from the napkins. Sharp scissors with a pointed end make the job much easier. Get my favorite scissors HERE.

how to use mod podge

Step 4: Pour some Mod Podge into a throw-away container. Brush the medium onto a section of a pot. Carefully apply a napkin piece and gently adhere it to the layer of Mod Podge. Smooth it out with the foam brush, covering it completely with more Mod Podge. Continue around the pot until the design is complete.

does mod podge dry clear

Step 5: Let the pot(s) dry completely, at least an hour. When dry, finish each pot with a final layer of Mod Podge. 

Tip: These pots are not water-proof. If you fill them with potting soil and real plants, they must be prepared first. I heard from a reader who said she applied polycrylic spray to both the outside and inside of her finished pots. She planted herbs, and said the pots are holding up very well. Get Minwax Polycrylic Spray {HERE.}

blue and white pots with greenery

Taking Time for Ourselves

Since you made it to the end, I have to assume that you liked the craft. However, if you’ve been saying to yourself, “I don’t have time for this,” I hear you. There was a time in my life when every waking moment was dedicated either to my family, or my previous job. I went on like that for years, taking no time for myself. If I could go back to that time period and do things differently, I would definitely take better care of myself…and a big part of that would be taking the time to do things I love. I think I would have been easier to live with, and I know I would have been happier. 

pink peony terra cotta pots

So…go ahead, get yourself some pots and napkins…and don’t forget the Mod Podge. Take an evening while you are watching TV, and cut up your napkins. Then set aside an hour to design and make your pots. Keep them for yourself, or give them away as gifts. Either way, I promise you will be more relaxed, smiling, and ready to tackle what’s next. 

One more thought before I go. Taking time for ourselves is not selfish. It’s not a waste of time…and it’s certainly not undeserved. If it’s been a while, go ahead and plan a craft session…or schedule a manicure, or go out for lunch. You’ve earned it. 

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