Plain Terra-Cotta Pots Go Coastal

Turn your vacation's beach treasures into beautiful shell-ornamented planters.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

DIY Coastal Shell Planters

Showcase coastal treasures by adding them to terra cotta pots in this seaside inspired craft.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft, you will need: terracotta pots / shells / hot glue gun / outdoor white acrylic paint / water / foam brush / crafting paper / paper towels / plants

Make the Wash

This wash will give the pots an aged look. In a small bowl, add about a tablespoon of white acrylic paint to the bottom. 

Thin it Out

Slowly add water and stir the paint until the consistency is watery. Think of skim milk.

Brush it On

With the foam brush working in one direction, paint a small portion of the pot with the diluted paint. Then quickly wipe it off with a paper towel. Repeat the process until the entire pot is coated.

Drying Time

Once you have repeated the painting process with all your pots, set them aside to dry completely prior to moving on to the next step.

Shell Necklaces

Craft store necklaces filled with small shells are perfect to use for fillers in tiny spaces between larger shells.

Cut the String

Cut the string on the shell necklaces and simply slide them off. They are now ready for use.

Apply the Shells

Hot glue the shells into place along the top rim of the pot. Create a mosaic pattern. Use the tiny shells in between the larger shells.

Same Shells

Try making a planter with one type of shell along the rim that fit nicely together leaving a minimal gap.

Ring of Shells

For a ringed effect, cut open a shell necklace and hot glue it while still on the string around the pot. Trim the ends where the shells meet.

Ready for Plants

Three differently decorated shell pots are ready for plants. Do not plant directly into these planters. Keep the plants in their plastic containers. Avoid getting the planters wet. 

Fantastic Fern

A variety of ferns with an array of green foliage are perfect. Here a staghorn fern and a blue star fern are ready to be placed in the pots.

Coastal Centerpiece

Add these planters to the center of the table for a fun centerpiece. They would also look great on an entry table near the front door.

Mix Up Sizes

A fun look is to vary the shell designs and the size of the pots. This helps to create flow and interest.

Plant and Planter Care

Remove the plants from the planters for watering. Replace after they have stopped draining. The planters can be gently dusted with a slightly damp cloth.