DIY Wreath with Painted and Aged Terracotta Pots

This inexpensive terracotta pot wreath, made with painted and aged pots, adds a healthy dose of cottage charm wherever you choose to hang it. It's filled with succulents, moss and flowers for a budget-friendly wreath that is big, bold and beautiful.

close up of wreath

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Okay, let's move on to today's beautiful DIY wreath.


Terracotta Pot Wreath

I love making wreaths! I generally find them to be much thriftier to make than to buy, although that is not always the case. My most popular wreaths are this $10 farmhouse wreath with striped ribbon, my easy Spring wreath with blush pink flowers and my fresh magnolia wreath.

A few years ago I made a flower pot wreath with moss using items from the dollar store. I guess you could call today's version the cottage cousin! It's a flower pot wreath, made with painted and aged clay terra cotta pots. I've added succulents and moss and some purple flowers to give it a punch of color.

Since the recent winter freeze, our plants outside are looking mighty gloomy! Lots of dead branches and grass while of course the weeds are flourishing! So if it can't be pretty outside, I'm doing all I can to make it beautiful inside!

How to aged terracotta flower pots

I love that Dollar Tree carries a pack of 3 small clay pots but I recently found some larger ones in a pack of 2. My DIY wreath is made with a variety of inexpensive terracotta pots from the dollar store.

I knew I wanted to paint and age the pots for this cottage wreath.

I mixed up some texture paint using white acrylic paint and baking powder. If you haven't seen this technique yet, you can read all about it at Collective Gen. Geneva was the first one to make this an official texture paint technique and she calls it trash to terracotta and it really is easy. It's basically a ceramic effect chalk paint that you can make in any color.

You can use this easy technique on glass, ceramic and yes, even terracotta! I made my paint kind of chunky because I wanted my terracotta pots to look old, with bits of pottery crumbling away.

white aged flower pots

You just mix paint with baking powder. The paint will puff up and then it's ready to go. I love all the texture. I didn't paint a solid coat, I tried to leave some of the natural terracotta showing through in spots, mostly along the edges and rims.


aging clay flower pots

The thing about dollar store clay pots is that the color is really muted. I wanted to draw attention to those original spots, so once my painted pots dried, I dabbed on some dark wax and rubbed it in a little bit with a paper towel.

The wax not only highlights the terracotta color, it adds an aged look to the painted pots.


Assembling the wreath

My wreath has 20 terracotta pots on it (I'll include the full supplies list below), so it's definitely heavy! I used a grapevine wreath for my base because you want something that is sturdy and can handle the weight.

Normally I divide a grapevine wreath into 3-4 smaller ones, you can click here to find out why I divide my wreaths, but for this heavy wreath, I left the grapevine intact.

I used a combination of wire, wired jute and regular jute to attach the pots to the wreath. The regular jute cord was easier to get a tighter fit. You can see below that I started with the 5 larger pots and attached them first, making sure they were balanced around the wreath.

assembling wreath

The smaller pots went on next, and I wanted a really full look so I attached them as close together as I could, alternating the direction for interest. The hole in the bottom of the pot is where you feed the wire/jute and then just wrap it around the wreath and twist the wire or tie the jute cord tightly to hold the pot in place.

painted pot and twine

assembled wreath with terracotta ptos

Here's how the garden pot wreath looked once all the painted and aged terracotta pots were attached. It's beautiful and I could have stopped here, but I wanted to make this wreath even more gorgeous and Spring-worthy!

Adding color to a terracotta pot wreath


I buy moss and flowers when I see stuff on sale or when the Dollar Tree has some good stuff. I gathered all these bits and pieces together and selectively added some to this wreath.

Designer Tip: If you're like me, you don't like to commit ๐Ÿ˜„ I didn't want to use any hot glue and make this wreath permanent because that's just what I'm like...I like to keep my options open. Keep reading to find out how I added the decorative elements without using any glue!

And here it is, my secret weapon! Styrofoam balls were the perfect solution to adding moss and flowers without any hot glue! I had balls that fit snug into my pots, they were actually leftover from another project so I was happy to put them to use.

Styrofoam balls

I only added the Styrofoam balls to pots that were facing up...why mess with gravity? There ended up being about 7 pots with nothing in them, but I think it helps to break up all the color and give a little breathing space to this DIY wreath!

add succulents and flowers

I added a variety of succulents and purple flowers (all from Dollar Tree), as well as some lavender flowers purchased from Hobby Lobby. I snipped all the stems short with wire snips, leaving about 1" to poke into the Styrofoam balls.

I tucked reindeer moss around some of the flowers, securing with floral pins when needed.

floral pins to hold moss in place

I tucked Spanish moss into the other pots, I love how organic it looks and it helps to disguise the Styrofoam balls and make the greenery look like it's actually growing in the flower pots!

add Spanish moss

Are you ready to see the finished wreath?

flower pot wreath with flowers, succulents and moss

Isn't it beautiful? I really love how it turned out!

This flower pot wreath reminds me of the French countryside, it's so charming and rustic.

I think this is one of those projects that looks difficult, but is really quite easy to make.

painted and aged clay pot wreath with succulents

The vibrant colors against the painted terracotta pots looks so beautiful!

purple flowers cottage farmhouse





For now I have this DIY wreath hanging inside on my vintage door. I'm not sure if I want to hang it outside, with all the rain we're sure to get this Spring.

Supplies to make this wreath:

supplies for wreath

french farmhouse cottage style

I hope you love this easy DIY wreath as much as I do! It's perfect for Spring. As always, I love to hear if you try my projects, and be sure to send a message if you have questions! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ€

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flower pot wreath with succulents and Spring flowers



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  1. That is just the cutest thing ever. The pots really do look quite old and worn.

    Denise TX

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    1. Thanks Denise, I love that about them! Aged in minutes ๐Ÿ˜„

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  2. Toot Cute!! I wonder if the baking powder mixture would stick to plastic pots...maybe I'll try it and let you know. I love the wreath and colors mixed with various types of succulents and flowers. Lovely!

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