Terra cotta pots are inexpensive when you buy them, but after painting them, they become cherished décor pieces around your house. Some people use stencils to make the designs; others paint freehand. Some people paint them solid colors, with matching saucers, and others create floral or other designs. No matter what you do with clay pots, though, they always seem to end up beautiful.
You might already own a clay pot or two that are nicely painted, and those are probably lovely, but there are alternatives to painting terra cotta. Put away the paints and try something cool and different with the pots. Wrap roping, yarn, colored twine or similar materials around the pot and you’ll create a look that’s much different than those painted versions.
Different wraps will produce various results depending upon your choices. Wrap a large pot with small-diameter roping, for example, and you’ll create something that looks much different than if you use large-diameter cord. Use yarn of different colors to create a striped look or twist small-diameter cord for another appearance.
Begin wrapping the clay pot near the top. Use hot glue to quickly hold the end of the roping. Continue wrapping it, around and around, using a little glue, when needed, to hold it in place. When you get next to the bottom edge, stop. For large-diameter roping, you might find it easier if you trim it down a little, then glue the end in place. To trim it, cut it to the final length you need. Start a couple of inches above the end and trim from there, at an angle, down to the end. This makes the end a little smaller in diameter. Glue the cut area to the wrap just above it.
If you want to wrap the saucer you have two choices. If the pot will be sitting on the saucer wrap the roping so that it goes around the outside of the saucer as well as the inside. If the saucer will be used for a lid, though, turn it upside-down and wrap the top and outside. Glue on a large wooden bead or similar object to create a handle for the lid. The wrapped pots can be further embellished by attaching a wrought iron piece, a painted wooden shape or even a couple of additional rows of roping, along the bottom edge.
There are any number of unique designs you can create by combining various materials, choices of colors and final embellishments. The terra cotta pots are unusual, useful and beautiful.