Festive DIY Mod Podge Christmas Pots

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Make these festive DIY mod podge Christmas pots using cocktail napkins! This easy craft is fun, and the end result is so beautiful. Fill the pots with goodies and give as gifts, or keep them for yourself!

holly napkins on terra cotta pots with mod podge

Up today is a fun project that I wasn’t actually going to share on the blog…because it’s a repeat of a craft I showed you in the spring. However, about halfway through the process, I changed my mind!

I’m talking about Mod Podge and terra cotta pots. I made the pots featured here today as gifts for some friends. I love the way they turned out, and I know you like unique gift-giving ideas. The plan is to fill them with little bags of cookies or candy, so the pot becomes part of the gift. More on that later.

The method for making the DIY Mod Podge pots didn’t change at all from when I shared it last spring. In fact, this time around, it all went quickly, and seemed easier. The idea for these Christmas pots came about when I saw the holly napkins. I knew they would work beautifully with Mod Podge, so I paired them with the pots, and the result was a unique Christmas packaging idea that is easy and festive.

Supplies Needed

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How to Make

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. Since the background of the napkins is white, I decided to paint the pots the same color. It’s actually a DecoArt chalk paint color called “lace.” This made it much easier to cut out the holly, because I didn’t have to be super precise. The white background of the napkins blended right in with the painted pots. Make sure to let the pots dry completely before proceeding.

painted terra cotta pots and napkins for diy mod podge craft

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.

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

using mod podge on white terra cotta pots

Step 4: Pour some Mod Podge into a throw-away container. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on 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.

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

painted holly appliqued terra cotta pots

Waterproof 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.}

Frequently Asked Questions

Magazine pages, tissue paper, or fabric.

Yes! To make homemade Mod Podge, make a mixture of 2 parts Elmers Glue and 1 part water. Stir well. Store in an airtight container.

Yes! Mod Podge is basically a decoupage glue. It comes in a gloss finish, matte, hard coat, and an outdoor finish. There’s antique matte, and glow-in-the-dark.

The holidays can sometimes be challenging, and a heart-felt gift like this will truly brighten someone’s day. It’s simple enough that the recipient won’t feel obligated to reciprocate, yet it’s nice enough that they will feel special. I can’t think of anything better. 

bags of cookies in holly terra cotta pots

Filling The Pots

Filling the pots was as much fun as creating them. The possibilities are endless, but to get all the details, head over to my post: A Unique Christmas Gift Packaging Idea.

terra cotta pot christmas gift packaging idea

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  1. I love this! Planning for next years family gift ideas!

  2. Ann, these are so pretty. They would be a perfect little gift for kids to make.
    I always enjoy your imaginative ideas.
    Thanks also for sharing your lovely printable watercolors for the different seasons and holidays. You are so talented.
    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Hi Ann,

    Such a lovely idea but then since I’m new here, I decided to look at the spring version you mentioned and oh how pretty! I will be doing those! Thanks for the tips and sharing your wonderful ideas! Can’t wait to continue to navigate your site for many other suggestions and tips.

    Best Wishes,

  4. Carolyn King says:

    These pots are so pretty and Christmas. I can’t wait to make them. I ordered the pots and napkins. Thank you for your beautiful blog. I look forward to reading it everyday.

  5. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    These are so lovely! They will make perfect teacher gifts! Thanks

  6. Elaine Birdsong says:

    5 stars
    I should tell you more but I get in a hurry. Your post are so neat, clean and fun.
    I hope your holidays are special.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Elaine…no need to tell me, but I appreciate you kind comment. I am just happy that you visit! Merry Christmas, Ann

  7. 5 stars
    Oh I love these! I also love your statement that they are simple enough that recipients won’t feel the need to reciprocate. Most people are not good receivers and feel they owe gift-givers when they receive a gift – so this is fantastic! I love your thoughtful and gracious spirit, Ann. It’s part of the reason I read and enjoy your blog. Thank you for who you are and all that you share with your readers. You likely don’t even recognize all that you do give.

  8. They are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is a lovely idea and I know just who I will make them for! Thank you so much for the idea.