Age Terracotta Pots Using Lime

LIME FLOWERPOTS

How to age terracotta pots using lime is so easy to do.  And wait until you see how what I’m using for this simple flowerpot craft project!

These containers are perfect all year long too! I will share ideas how to use this pot craft in many ways too!

I love flowerpots and adding them to my spring and summer home decor is one my favorites! Because finding aged terracotta flowerpots is becoming more of a challenge, I am making my own.

And I love the outcome! So, I am looking forward to sharing this fun and easy process for making old pots with with lime with you.

Items Needed:

  • Organic Garden lime
  • Terracotta pots
  • chip brush
  • plastic container
  • 120 grit sanding sponge
  • water
  • avocado or moss craft paint

How to Age Terracotta Pots Using Garden Lime to Add Character

Step 1: Getting the Lime Consistency Right for the Old Look

To begin, add lime to a plastic bowl and add water. For the most part, the mixture should look like the consistency of pudding to use for this DIY aging terracotta pots.

ORGANIC LIME

HOW TO AGE FLOWERPOTS

Incidentally, for my project I used more than 1 cup of water which differs from the original directions to get the right consistency for my DIY flowerpot project.

Normally the measurement is 2 cups of water to 1 cup of lime.

Because I’m using this lime technique on four small flowerpots and a few mini pots, I adjusted the exact breakdown. I am using much less lime to make this easy lime container craft idea.

LIME IN CONTAINER WITH WATER
MIXTURE FOR AGING THE POTS LOOKS LIKE PUDDING

Applying My Mixture to My Pot Project with a Chip Brush

Step 2: Adding the Combination for an Age Affect

Now, I begin applying the lime combination to the flowerpots using a chip brush.

By the way, I did leave some spots a bit heavier with the lime. Why? Because when aging pieces such as these floral containers ordinarily these will age differently.

Now let these dry. The drying process is relatively quick.

How To Age Terracotta Pots
How To Age Terracotta Pots
SHOWING THE LIME THICKER IN THHIS SPOT
CONTAINERS DRYING

After the Containers are Dry Apply Polyurethane

Step 3: Waiting for Them to Dry and Add Top Coat and Sanding a Bit

After these dry, spray with a light coat polyurethane. As a result of this being an organic product do not be alarmed, some lime may come off the pots. Again, let the terracotta pots dry.

Next, it’s time to use a 120-grit sanding sponge and lightly sand spots of the lime from the flower containers. Allowing different variations of the organic material to appear. Also, sand sections allowing the terracotta to show through. This lets the pots have a realistic aging look.

 SANDING POTS

Here, is where my technique differs from others I have seen.

The part I truly enjoy about this craft is leaving variations of the lime. Why? Because as I begin applying avocado craft paint on areas of the lime flowerpots it gives these even more age and variety.

Also adding this adds more interest while also adding the look of moss to this easy DIY craft. After adding a bit of the green paint on the rim, lightly smooth to blend in with the lime application.

ADDING GREEN TO THE POTS FOR A MOSS LOOK
SHOWING THE MOSS PAINT

Using the Flowerpots in the Home for Your Décor

Step 5: Adding These to Home Decorating

This terracotta flowerpot craft is easy, fast and budget friendly.  Placing lime aged pots in my hutch adds a pretty touch from spring to summer.  You may enjoy eggs and bunny post and see how I have had them on display for early spring too.  There’s also a great tutorial on reverse transferring in this post.

SHOWING THE POTAS IN IRONSTONE WITH DRIED LAVENDER
SOWING THE POTS WITH A CROWN AND PITCHER

These aged containers are perfect for spring throughout early fall, these will look particularly pretty on a table set for a garden party.

Another great example is adding these easy DIY flowerpots for late summer gatherings and for fall. These will be adorable on a fall table filled with pumpkin candies and candy corn wrapped in cellophane! I can see this happening in our home how about yours?

As I am completing a wreath idea, I will be sharing an easy twist to these lime flowerpots. I look forward to sharing this easy craft project with you all soon!

I hope you enjoyed learning how to age terracotta pots with lime and this craft technique!

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

27 thoughts on “Age Terracotta Pots Using Lime

  1. These really turned out great Cindy. They look fabulous. So exciting to know planting and Spring showing new life is here. Hope you are doing great. xoxo to Reeses and Peanut from Buddy. xoxo

  2. These look amazing, Cindy! I’ve never heard of this technique before so I’m super excited to try it. Love the patina yours have – they’re so pretty! Hugs, CoCo

  3. I love aged pots but have never heard of using the lime before. I’ve just done them with paint, and not as nice as yours.

  4. There are lots of these kind of How-To’s out there, but yours really have a great quality about them. I am definitely on team Lime. Thanks for sharing.

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