Can I just say how ready I am for fall?! Living in Las Vegas means long hot summers, with no traditional signs of fall foliage. However, we sure do love the sigh of relief that fall’s cool winds deliver. It’s pretty common to see people wearing long sleeves and auburn tones before it’s appropriately cool out! I once saw a meme that had a cactus dressed in a scarf, Uggs, and holding a pumpkin spice latte that read, “girls in Vegas be like…” I thought it was hilarious because it’s so true!
Fall is just so magical and cozy you can’t help but get excited! With that in mind, I recently started adding more terracotta colors throughout my home; the warm brown hue has fall written all over it! Of course, I wanted to do a project to feature this gorgeous tone. Thus the terracotta pinch pot was born!
Making these terracotta pinch pots is easy!
Luckily, you can buy terracotta clay at most craft stores, and it’s relatively easy to work with. I used a version from Sculpey. It’s super soft and so it’s easy to mold. This clay’s only drawbacks are that it can be a bit sticky, and it will stain your hands as well as any surface you work on. To protect my table, I laid out some wax paper to work on. Once I got the hang of smoothing out the clay to avoid sticky fingerprints, these terracotta pinch pots were very easy to make. I was able to make all four in under an hour.
The steps are as easy as roll clay into a ball, stick your thumb into the center, then begin pinching out the clay into a bowl shape! I used acrylic paint to add fun patterns around our pinch pots. Then to make it easy, I decided to use “kill proof” faux succulents, and white sand to finish them off. I definitely want to make more projects with this clay! Luckily, I have a feeling we are going to be seeing lots of terracotta hues trending this fall.
Supplies for clay pinch pots
Clay rolling pin tool
White acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Step one: Lay out some wax paper to protect your surface. Then break off a piece of clay similar to the size of the pinch pot you would like to make.
Step two: Roll the clay into a ball. Then roll the clay ball between your hands to create a slight cone shape so that the top of the pinch pot is wider than the bottom.
Step three: Stick your thumb into the center of the top of the pinch pot. Then, using your thumb and index finger, begin pinching around the pot to shape an opening. Smooth out any fingerprints made. If your pot gets a bit out of shape, roll it in between your two hands, back and forth, putting more pressure on the bottom half of the pot to keep it smaller than the opening.
Step four: Bake the clay on a cookie sheet according to the package instructions.
Step five: Once the pot has cooled, decorate it by painting patterns with acrylic paint.
Step six: Fill the pots with sand and “plant” your faux succulents.
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