Project Guide

How to Make a Terra Cotta Santa Pot

1
Glue the Pots
Glue the Pots

Glue your terra cotta pots in a top to bottom/bottom to top pattern to resemble a standing figure. Follow the instructions on the Gorilla Glue exactly and don’t overdo it as the adhesive will expand when dry.  

2
Spray Paint the Pots
Spray Paint the Pots

Spray paint the pots red and let dry completely. Using spray paint instead of brushing on acrylic paint gives the pots a uniform finish. 

3
Paint Accessories
Paint Accessories

Pull out your acrylic paints and brushes. Paint two black half moons on the bottom pot to represent Santa’s boots, and paint on a wide strip on the third pot for a belt. 

4
Create Face
Create Face

Now get to work creating Santa’s twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks and cherry nose. Paint white all around the back of the second pot for his hair, and add a sparkling gold belt buckle. (Helpful hint: For more detailed work, wait until the base layer of paint is completely dry, then use a fine-tipped permanent marker or paint pen to draw in features.) 

5
Make Beard
Make Beard

Stretch out the polishing bonnets and cut to form a fluffy beard and hair. Stick to the still wet paint or use a few small drops of glue to attach to the pots. 


Now that you’ve got the hang of it, stretch your yuletide creativity to the max and create some other potted pals. Try our snowman from last year, or try your hand at a nutcracker! 


Editing by Emmaline Harvey