Love the look of old Vintage Clay pots? Here is a quick and easy DIY process to make your new pots look like vintage, aged pots that have been in your garden for years.
Today I’m sharing this Easy DIY to Age New Clay Pots.
I’ve been setting up my potting bench and dreaming of Spring.
I love clay pots and have quite a collection. Some are old and have the aged look I desire, but others are new and don’t have a lot of character.
Because I prefer an aged look, I’ve been making my own with some trial and error.
How to Age New Clay Pots
This is my favorite quick and easy DIY, with step-by-step instructions, that will leave your garden full of vintage-inspired clay pots.
Aging new clay pots is easy; the longer you have them, the better they look.
This DIY project will give you this chippy, mossy look that I love.
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Instructions for Aging New Clay Pots
Step one – Gather Supplies
- Clay pots
- Black and white paint (any craft paint will do. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on these because I had it on hand and it dries so fast.
- Mod Podge Multi-purpose glue
- Paint brush (chip brush works great.
- tooth picks or popsicle sticks to spread the glue
- 40-60 grit sandpaper
- Spray Adhesive optional
- Clear Matt Sealer optional
Step Two – Add Paint
Apply a small amount of black or brown paint to clay pot.
Begin with random swipes of the graphite paint.
I only try to cover an area partially with just a few strokes of the brush.
Because Chalk paint dries very quickly, you can apply a whitewash to the pots quickly.
So go ahead and mix the white color with equal parts water and add random swipes of the whitewash.
Don’t try to cover the entire pot with paint. You want some of the terra cotta to be revealed.
How To Get A DIY Chippy Look
To get a DIY Chippy look on your new pots, brush the pots with Mod Podge once the paint is dry.
You want to leave the coverage thicker in some areas, and don’t worry about covering the entire pot.
Allow the mod podge to dry.
This is what the pots are looking like at this point.
Because mod podge takes longer to dry, this is an excellent time to break up your moss and prepare your glue for the next step. Or have lunch, go for a walk, or rest.
You want to be sure to allow drying time before the next step.
Add More Paint To Age Clay Pots
Now you want to add more white paint.
This time the mix is 2 parts paint to 1 part water because you want a little thicker mixture than the first.
Apply random strokes of thicker white paint.
Here I’ve started adding the thicker white paint. Once again, don’t cover the whole pot.
Have I said that before?? LOL!!
Time to Sand
It’s important to allow everything to thoroughly dry because you will be sanding next.
Use your fine-grit sandpaper or sanding block to sand away some of the paint and mod podge to create a peeling paint look.
If you are satisfied with the chippy look, then it’s time to move to the final step.
Add More Texture with preserved moss
Now you are ready to add moss.
I use a toothpick to apply the mod podge glue to areas where I want moss and then apply tiny pieces of the moss to each pot in random places.
If you only want tiny pieces of moss, you only need a small amount of glue. If you want heavier coverage, let it dry and add more to what you’ve already done. This will ensure that the moss doesn’t fall off.
Option for Heavier Moss Coverage
Here is another way to get much heavier coverage.
Place the moss in a plastic bag to crush it into smaller pieces, and place the crushed moss on a sheet of wax paper. Then coat the pot with a thick layer of glue or use a spray adhesive.
Roll the glue-covered areas of the pot over the moss until you get the desired coverage.
If you want to assure that you pots will stay looking like they do right now, you can spray a light coat of clear mat sealer over the pots. I want mine to continue to age so I just let nature take over from this point.
This is the look I desire for my pots.
How Can I Use Aged Clay Pots?
Here are a few ways to use the aged clay pots indoors and out.
I love using the aged pots on pots filling my potting bench and in our DIY Greenhouse.
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I hope you enjoy aging your clay pots. This is a really easy DIY, so I hope you’ll try it. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Your comments are so appreciated.
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