An Idea Garden Project with Connie Willson

Tired of looking at that plain pot?

Here’s a quick “how-to” decoupage your clay pot for a new look.

What you need to transform your pot:

  • Mod Podge® (available on-line or at any craft store)
  • Paint brush (foam or bristle, whichever you prefer)
  • Decorative Paper Napkin (pick your favorite)
  • Scissors
  • Sealer or Polyurethane (to seal if you wish to use the pot outdoors)

Begin with a clean clay pot.

Separate the backing from your paper napkin.

Cut napkin in half for easier placement.

Before beginning, decide how you want the pattern to repeat on the pot. (A)

Work in sections (depending on the size of the pot, work in 3 to 4 sections, one at a time.)

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge® with your brush to the first section. (B) 

Carefully place the napkin over the area already treated with the Mod Podge®.  Gently press into place with your brush smoothing any wrinkles as you go. (C)

When the first section is in place gently apply a thin layer of Mod Podge® over the top of the napkin.  This further adheres it into place. (D)

Repeat for the next two to three sections until the napkin is completely around the pot. (E)

Cut a slit into the napkin as you go around a curve allowing you to achieve a smoother finish. (F)

To complete the top, fold napkin over the rim about 1/2 to 1 inch down, cutting slits to allow for easier, smoother attachment around the curve.  Also, cut slits around the bottom part of the napkin and cut any excess so you can adhere the napkin to the bottom of the pot leaving the drainage hole open.  (G)

Allow your pot to dry for 24 hours.   For outdoor use, apply a finish coat of sealer or polyurethane.