People used to purchase terra cotta pots strictly for plants, then someone had a brilliant idea, and now the inexpensive clay pots are for decorating in general. Who would’ve thought those old-looking, rust-colored pots could be turned into gorgeous décor? And now, they’re not only all of that but they’re useful organizers as well!
Have you ever seen a piece of terra cotta get broken? There are larger pieces amongst the rubble but there’s also a powdery, gritty sand as well. That grittiness is the reason you have to thoroughly clean clay pots before painting them. Most terra cotta pieces have a gritty feel – even if just a little – where they’ve been stored amongst others which have been damaged. Just a grain or two of that grit can totally ruin the paint job you do.
Soak the pot in warm water for a few minutes then rinse and dry. It can take a little time to dry the clay thoroughly so it’s recommended that it be allowed to dry all night. Paint the pot any way you want. Use stencils or draw freehand. Do no paint but just put a large sticker on it. There are many different designs you can do. When you’re finished spray a clear-coat lacquer over it to seal.
Take the saucer for that particular pot and turn it upside-down on the pot. Glue a small drawer knob, wooden bead or other item on. This will serve as the handle for the lid. There are different techniques you can do with the lid. One is to paint it as you did the pot. Another is to paint the lid a solid color then paint just the knob to match the pot. Still another is to use a metal ring to embellish. You’ll find them in various sizes, in gold-tone or silver-tone, at any craft store. Purchase a ring that’s just a little smaller than the terra cotta dish. Glue the ring onto the lid to give it a touch of elegance. Or, glue small beads or fake jewels around the edges of the lid for a different look.
Create themes for your bathroom organizers by using another technique. Instead of painting you can glue on the embellishments. Cover lid and/or pot with small shells, fake jewels, painted beans, seed beads or similar things. It can take some time to arrange and attach small things all over the terra cotta, but when you’re finished, you’ve got a one-of-a-kind piece that’s absolutely beautiful.
Make sets with pieces that all look alike or purchase different sizes to create a grouping. Use them to store cotton balls, cotton swabs, jewelry, mini soaps, makeup, hair accessories and much more. They look great on the back of the commode, on the corner of a tub or just grouped together on a bathroom counter top. They’re fabulous!