Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft

I have just started pulling out the fall decorations and getting into the spirit of all things pumpkin. I decided to get out my glue gun this afternoon and tackle an easy terra cotta pumpkin craft that I came across on Pinterest.  It’s easy to turn a terracotta pot into a decorative pumpkin. Just paint them orange and add a few simple stem parts.   It’s an easy fall DIY project for kids or adults. 

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Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft

This Fall Flower Pot Craft is Versatile

This flower pot craft would make an easy teacher’s gift if you have young kids. It’s a cute way to keep the dog from eating the candy I like to leave on the entertainment center. Thankfully, for her anyhow, out of sight means out of mind and she ignores them! Leave an open dish of candy corn out there and she will eat the whole darn thing! (Want some candy corn inspired fun?  Check out my candy corn centerpiece idea!)

I thought it came out cute and other than waiting for the paint to dry, there really wasn’t much work involved. If you are looking for more fall craft ideas, check out my easy pumpkin craft made from juice can lids!  This would also make a cute teacher gift that your kids can help make or an office desk decor item that holds your chocolate stash!

dirty terra cotta pots

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How to clean terra cotta flower pots before crafting

I started with a new flower pot that I bought cheap at the hardware store. However, you can use old flower pots for this pumpkin craft just as easily.  You will need to wash and dry them thoroughly before painting them.  Here is a breakdown of how to clean terra cotta:

  • Step 1: Remove any loose dirt from the pot with a stiff brush.
  • Step 2: Soak the pots in a dilute vinegar/water solution. Try one part vinegar to 4 parts water.
  • Step 3: Put the pots through the dishwasher if possible.
  • Step 4: Rinse thoroughly and air dry at least overnight. 

Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft

Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft

This clay pot pumpkin is such an easy fall project. Give your terra cotta pumpkin pots as gifts or fill them with candy and put them on your coffee table.   All you need for this easy  craft is the following supplies:

  • one terra cotta flower pot with a base that fits the top of the pot. I got the one that was one size smaller than the base it was designed for.
  • Paint (I used orange spray paint and off-white craft paint)
  • a stick (approximately 3/4 inch wide and 2 to 3 inches long)
  • one green pipe cleaner
  • sandpaper

Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft

How to make flower pot pumpkins:

Start with a clean terra cotta pot.  Either new or cleaned as described above. Paint your flowerpot and base in a rough coat of off-white paint. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you will paint it orange. Once the base coat is done, spray it with a coat or two of orange spray paint.

clay pot being painted

Lightly buff the container with sandpaper. This gives it a bit of a rough look and takes the ‘shiny’ off of the pot.  Make sure to do this very lightly.  You just want to rough up the outer coat a bit.  Give your Terra Cotta Pumpkin a worn and well-loved look to it. 

painted terra cotta flower pot


Head outside and find a small stick for the stem.  You want something around the size and thickness of your thumb.  No need to be picky.  Glue the stick onto the lid and twirl the green pipe cleaner before gluing that on the back portion of the lid/stick.  Let everything set overnight.  Then, just fill it with treats and enjoy!  Check out a few of these craft ideas for more DIY fun:

  • Make a cinnamon stick centerpiece for fall. It’s a frugal way to decorate your table.
  • Try this Eco-Friendly Christmas Craft: Bottle Cap Snowmen!  The only supplies you will need for these bottle cap snowmen are some bottle caps, a glue gun, ribbon, white paint, a paint brush, and some Sharpies. 
  • Upcycled DIY Ribbon Organizer You Can Make for Only Pennies!   This homemade ribbon organizer is perfect for Christmas ribbon or any type of thin ribbon that you find in craft stores. 
  • Need Dinner Place Setting Ideas? Make Cranberry Wreath DIY Place Cards!  Making DIY place cards can be a fun and inexpensive way to add a touch of elegance to your dinner table

Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft


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