DIY Dipped Terra Cotta / by Brooke

I made some dipped terra cotta pots for a wedding luncheon last weekend.  The client was looking for something simple, but classy.  I liked how they turned out.  It was a relatively easy project for a wedding or even resting on your kitchen table, where mine sits right now. DIY potted plant


  • 6" Euphorbia tirucalli plant
  • 6" Terra Cotta pot
  • 1 gallon of paint (color of your choice)
  • 1 quart of shellac (clear)
  • A handful of chartreuse reindeer moss

So, are you ready for the step by step in-depth, scientific process?  No?  Good because it's actually very simple.  Take your terra cotta pot and dip it sideways in the paint.  Then let it dry.  I actually put my pots on a board with nails sticking out so the bottom of the pot doesn't stick to the board.  While it's drying sit on the couch with a magazine and eat a handful of chocolate chips.  It sounds irrelevant, but it's actually a very crucial step.


After it's dry (and you've finished your magazine), put a thin layer of shellac over the entire pot using a rag.  After the shellac dries, you are finally ready to transport the pencil plant in the terra cotta pot and cover the soil with reindeer moss.  Of course, you could substitute other plants in the pot as well.  I found this pairing looks nice and is easy to transport.


There you have it.  A nice, easy DIY that will look great resting on your kitchen table.