DIY Terra Cotta Pot

I'm sorry I've been missing my sweet blogging friends. I missed you all so much! I had taking ill and it took awhile to find out what was causing me to feel so bad. I will post about it soon. I'm now recovering and will be doing things at a slowing pace for awhile. Thanks for all the wonderful and caring notes while I was gone :)
- Terra Cotta Pots -
For this project you will need a laser printer, printer paper, terra cotta pot and a woodworker's transfer tool.
You can find the woodworker’s transfer tool on 

my sidebar.
That's all you need to get started. Print out your design using your laser printer.
Cut your picture down to size to fit your terra cotta pot. Now heat up your woodworker’s transfer tool.
(Be careful as the woodworker's transfer tool heats up pretty fast.)

 I used a pot holder to keep the terra cotta pot from rolling while I transferred the image. Place the picture facing down on your terra cotta pot and start rubbing the round tip of your woodworker's transfer tool on the paper.
 *The heat from the woodworker's transfer tool melts the toner off the paper. 
The inside of the terra cotta pot can get quite warm while you’re working with the woodworker's transfer tool. Be careful not to touch in there while you’re transferring your image. When you're finished transferring your image some of the paper will stick to the terra cotta pot. It's no problem at all. Just let your terra cotta pot cool down for a few minutes.

 Now take your terra cotta pot to the sink and run warm water on the image you just created. 
Rub off the remaining paper under the warm water. Your project is now complete. 
..............................It does not take long for the terra cotta pot to dry..............................

After the terra cotta pot dried I decided to add a bit of ribbon to the top of the pot. I used Elmer's glue but any type of glue will be fine. 

(This is the French postcard I used)

Here is the mirror image for the transfer.

Here is another terra cotta pot I did. I printed out a colored picture from my laser printer just like the 'French Bird Postcard' I did above. 

This terra cotta pot I printed the image in black and white.

What are you still doing here? Go make some of your own decorated terra cotta pots :)

*Don't forget you can buy the woodworker's transfer tool on my sidebar. 

Happy Crafting!


Anonymous said...

I have missed you, I was so happy to see your post come up! Beautiful flower pot make overs!! Beautiful, take care my friend,

Gina said...

The flower pots look great! You know how to work that woodworker's tool.

I'm glad you're back & hope you're feeling better!

Shirlee said...

Great project Dee. You sure are a whiz with the woodworker's tool and you make it looks so easy.

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I'm so glad to see you back. I hope you're feeling better.

I love the idea of using the tool on terra cotta. Thanks for the inspiration!

Take care,

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that is a really neat project. I love how simple it is to embellish a pot

The Polka Dot Closet said...

We missed you Dee, your pots are gorgeous! Glad you are feeling better


poppilinnstudios said...

Glad to see you back, Dee. Love the pots-thanks for sharing the process.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,
Glad you're back into action again and this Terra Cotta Pot looks lovely the way you did it.
Wishing you all the best,

ANNE said...

beautiful! Such pretty pots - love the bee one too!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Welcome back, Dee- I'm sorry you have been ill, glad you're feeling better. Your flower pots are beautiful. :)

Vanessa said...

Hi, Dee

I have been thinking about you and stop by to see say hi. I am so happy to see you are back. I pray you are doing better. The pots looks great! Hope to see more of you.


Donna Wilkes said...

Dee, so nice to have you and your transfer tool back. Love the French bird pot.

Anonymous said...

Dee, I've missed you so much! I'm so sorry you have been ill! Saying a prayer that you'll be much better soon! I love the pot and the transfer is fabulous! You have taught me so much about this wonderful woodworker's tool!

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Dee, So nice to see you! I love your pot,and you always work your magic with the tool!

vignette design said...

What a cool pot. I would love to try to make one someday, especially the bee one. ~Delores

Carol Salisbury said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend!
Love these terra cotta pots..great images!

Karen said...

I have an addiction to transferring images onto things. I have to restrain myself from printing on everything lol. That woodworkers tool is really cool. I love the way the pot turned out.

Daniella said...

Sorry to hear you weren't well! I hope you have a speedy recovery!
You always make such beautiful things!

Jeannie Marie said...

I'm so glad to see you back! I love the flower pot! It's adorable.

Calypso In The Country said...

Great project! So nice to see you are back. Hope you are feeling better!

Tammy said...

Love this! Hope you are feeling well! Welcome back!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Glad you are feeling better. I was just thinking about you the other day believe it or not. Cute project. Thanks for the post card image. I pinned it to my Pinterest board.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

so nice to have you back and with such a great post. I have never heard of this tool...and what you did with it is super! Thank you also for the transfer, this would be so much fun to do.

chateau chic said...

Your terra cotta pots are adorable! So sorry to hear you haven't been up to par lately. Trust you're on the path to a full recovery.
Mary Alice

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I have been missing you on my Tablescapes! Glad you are feeling better now. I love your terracotta pot so sweet~~ Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
come see me if you can God Bless.

Ricki Treleaven said...

So happy you're back, Dee. I hope you're 100% soon! Cute little project!


Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Thanks so much for coming over to see my new Tablescape for Veterans Day we owe so much to them. I hope you have a wonderful week and take care.

Biljana said...

Great tutorial, beautiful pots:)
Hugs, Biljana

sandy said...

that's very beautiful!

Hannah said...

I really love your work. I have tried to duplicate your terracotta pot transfer but I have not been successful. I have a laser printer (Brother DCP 7040, but the toner will not transfer to fabric or pots. Would you mind telling me what kind of printer you use for doing this. I would really like to try again even if I have to buy a new printer. Thanks.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Hannah,

I'm using Samsung CLP-315W printer. The replacement model is now: Samsung Xpress SL-C410W/XAA Color Printer.

Let me know if I can be any more help.

Happy Crafting :-)


Hannah said...

Thanks, Dee. I really appreciate the information.

Noir the Texas Tabby said...

Dee: Your pots look so good! I got excited to try it on my own. Last night I tried the transfer tool on a terra cotta pot--several times--and nothing. :( I only got streaks of the graphic.I don't have the transfer tool that's on your sidebar-but a Creative Versa, which has several heads. My graphic I printed at the copiers at Kinko's--do you have to rub the tool for a long time? I have NO clue what I am doing wrong... :( Anything words will be appreciated!

Tommy (the human) that is owned by Noir the Texas Tabby


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