How To Create Vintage Inspired Pots & Make A Simple Topiary

I just love the look of vintage, aged items especially with containers. There’s just something about a mossy, old finish or a patina’d piece that brings so much character to an item. I’m going to be using a lot of woods, whites, plants and unique planters for my Spring/Summer decor this year. I haven’t been able to find the look I was going for to put my plants in, so I decided to just make my own. Come see how they turned out…super easy and inexpensive too!

Making these vintage inspired aged pots is so simple to do. Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • terracotta pots
  • Joint Compound
  • Disposable gloves
  • Puffy raised letter stickers
  • French graphics (if you want that look I got mine from
  • Craft paint mossy gray greens, beige, gray, olive-green
  • Stiff disposable paintbrush
  • Super glue
  • Polycrylic (I prefer matte finish) to seal your posts

For Topiary:

  • Greenery picks/sprigs
  • Straight Stick (I got mine from the yard)
  • Florists tape
  • Wirecutters

First, place on the gloves then dip into the joint compound and spread around the entire pot. The heavier you go the more effect you get. Just spread and pat the medium until you get a look you like. Then let it dry completely.
Once It dries, place the stickers on with what you want it to say. use a dot of super glue to make sure they stay on. You can put a rubber band around the pot to use it as a guide for a straight line.
If you are using a graphic, cut it out and place it on the pot while the compound is still slightly wet. That will adhere it well to the pot.
Then place a little compound lightly over the graphic or words to help them to blend in with the rest of the background.
Here are a few of the designs I created.
Then paint your pots the desired color. Dip the brush lightly in the paint with a dry brush, then unload it a little on a papertowel or plate. Then with feather light strokes, brush the pot with your paint. I preferred to paint each color seperately to control the color better, but you can also mix colors then brush on the pot.
Then to make a topiary, take 2 small greenery picks that resemble rosemary or a lighter, more feathery style.  I got 2 sticks from my yard (get them as straight as possible) then place the picks at the top of your stick tight against the top.
Then wrap the base up tightly with florists tape. Once they are secure to the stick, you can adjust the branches to shape it how you want.
Place a florists block snuggly into the pot then place your stick down the middle to secure it in the pot. Cover the base with moss to complete the look.
I just love the character this process adds and that each one is a little different & unique on its own
These would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift or teacher gift with a tiny plant or herbs added. They are very simple and inexpensive so, they make the gift giving special but affordable.
These will be so fun to incorporate into my summer decor and will add so much pretty detail to vignettes. I hope you enjoyed this DIY and can make some for yourself (or a gift)
Thanks for following along and let me know if you have questions or make some for yourself. Feel free to leave me some feedback and pin the images to your Pinterest page.

Happy Crafting!!

April 16, 2019

  1. Susan says:

    Love it

    • says:

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you so much, really appreciate that!

  2. Kerri says:

    I love this.

    • says:

      Hi Kerri,
      Thanks so much, really appreciate the feedback.

  3. Evelyn says:

    What a lovely idea Deborah! I never thought of doing something like that, probably because I didn’t know it was that simple. I’m definitely tempted to make this a project with the kids so they can learn to appreciate nature more.

    • says:

      Hi Evelyn,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and I really hope you’ll try it out. What a fun project to do with your kids, they will love it.
      Thanks for the feedback and following along. Hope you’ll subscribe because I’ll be launching a new website soon so stay tuned!

  4. Deena McAllister says:

    Love how these turned out. Somehow I wound up with two planters that are the worst shade of mustard yellow. The color is awful but the shape is nice. I’m inspired to try to save them . . .

    • says:

      Hi Deena,
      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the post. I hope you can revive your pots with this tutorial. It’s really easy….
      Thanks for your kind feedback I hope you’ll come back often. I’m launching a new website look soon so stay tuned!

  5. Kate L. says:

    These are wonderful! I’m in the process of making these right now. I am amazed at how fun this is. Every pot I make looks different and unique. These would make wonderful presents, too!

    • says:

      Hi Kate,
      Yay I love to hear that, made my day. I thought it was a fun project too. Yes, they would make great gifts. I did them for mother’s day but they would be so cute at Christmas with little rosemary “trees” in them.
      Thanks so much for your feedback and following along.
      ~Deborah xoxo

  6. Sharon says:

    This is such a great DIY! Beautiful!

    • says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you so much I’m glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the feedback and thanks for following…

      Stay healthy,


  7. Jen says:

    This is a great idea👍🏻

    • says:

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks so much I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting and following along.

      Deborah xoxo

  8. Jemma says:

    These are gorgeous and really have that vintage look. Love the labels you put on them, just perfect! Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Kelly says:

    These are great. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. ShEon says:

    Definitely doing this to several of my terracotta pots!!! Thank you!!

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