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Terra Cotta Cafe Pots

Spring Cafe Pot Vignette for your table

Terra Cotta turned Cafe Pot how to

I love this project for several reasons.

One, that it is so fun and two that you can use an everyday ordinary object and turn it into something that is so charming and pretty.

Normally you would use your Terra Cotta pots outside but after you create this vintage cafe look they become something you want to display in your interior home decor.

I just love the look.  I think you will also.

In case you missed how to create a Spring Table with the Terra Cotta pots check it out here: 15 Minutes to a Spring Table Vignette

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Here is the list of supplies you will need:

6″ Terra Cotta Pots

*Mod Podge

*Sponge brush or paint brush

*White acrylic paint

Cafe label


Prep the Pots

Next prepare the pots by giving them a light white wash look with acrylic paint.

It will dry quickly.

Now time for the transfer

These are the mirrored images. Cut out as close to the design as possible.

I reduced the cafe label to fit the pot, I believe I reduced by 50% but you can play around with this.

The label needs to be printed in mirror mode (reversed) so that when applied to the pot it will be correct.

I have included the mirror reduced label below.

I found the cafe label on Graphic Fairy – Free Printables, if you haven’t checked out her site you need to.



Mod Podge

cafe-potsSpread Mod Podge on to the area of the pot where you want your label.

Notice the amount of Mod Podge, not to thin but not thick.

This is important. Apply the mod podge to cover the label area only.


Applying the Graphics

Next place your image on the mod podge covered area.

Make sure to put it on straight. Do not slide around once you have it on.

Press down firmly on the entire surface of the label to make sure it will transfer the ink.

Smooth the graphic on the pot and press firmly.


Dry overnight or longer.

Once the pots are completely dry, run water over the surface of the paper.

Completely soak the paper then gently remove from the pot.

If the paper becomes dry re-wet the pot and continue.

Re-wet the paper area as many times as needed to remove all the paper from the pot.

When finished you should have all the paper removed from the pot label. Once you can’t see any remnants of the paper label you know you have it all removed.

Here is the finished look.

Cafe Designed Terra Cotta Pottery details at

  Make your own Terra Cotta Cafe Pots in minutes

Wrap Up

This is a great budget friendly project and only takes a couple of hours to complete.  Supplies of terra cotta pots, mod podge, sponge/paint brush, white acrylic paint and printable labels.

These make great gifts for your friends and family as well.

Don’t be intimated, give it a shot.  I know you will have fun and be surprised at how great they look. You can do it.

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While you are here you might also like:  How To Distress Pottery,     DIY –  Garden Globe

Have a great day and I hope to see you again soon!



  1. July 3, 2015 / 8:46 am

    This is so cool! I haven’t tried this technique yet. Will be doing this in the future!!! Thanks for sharing. Pinned it!

    • bonbon
      July 7, 2015 / 8:32 am

      Hi Stephanie… is a fun project. Thanks for stopping by. ~bonbon

  2. July 6, 2015 / 8:23 am

    I absolutely love your style. It’s so chic and fresh. Love these pots

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

    • bonbon
      July 7, 2015 / 8:33 am

      Hi Catherine……thank you and thanks for stopping by. I love your Marvelous Monday parties! See you soon. ~bonbon

  3. July 6, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Hi, Bonnie ~ I LOVE this pot! What a fun and easy way to dress up an otherwise boring pot. I’m looking forward to trying out this technique soon., Thanks for sharing! Hope you and your family had a fun-filled weekend!

    • bonbon
      July 7, 2015 / 8:34 am

      Good Morning Tiffany……We had a great 4th weekend, I hope you did as well. Thanks for stopping by. ~bonbon

  4. July 6, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    I love this project! I just bought some terra cotta pots, and I’ve got Mod Podge…I’m going to give this a try! If you have a free moment on Thursday or Friday this week, I would so love it if you dropped it by our #FoodieFriDIY party! Regardless though, I’m pinning and sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are having a great week!

    • bonbon
      July 7, 2015 / 8:37 am

      Hi Michelle, Thank you for stopping by……I will be stopping by your FoodieFriDIY party. What time do you get started? Do you start on Thursday evening? Talk to you soon. ~bonbon

  5. July 7, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Such a nifty DIY-they are beautiful!

    • bonbon
      July 7, 2015 / 8:38 am

      Hello Jemma……..thank you so much for stopping by….hope to see you again soon! ~bonbon

    • bonbon
      July 8, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      Hi Carolyn…..thank you and thanks for stopping by. ~bonbon

  6. July 7, 2015 / 11:59 am

    I adore what you did to take a simple terra cotta pot
    and transform it into a “Chic” planter, dear one!!!
    The best part of this post. . .I have all of those supplies on hand!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    • bonbon
      July 8, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      Hi Pat……I love it when a project comes along and I already have everything. I hope you get time to try this! Have a lovely week. Hope to see you back soon! ~bonbon

  7. Carole West @ Garden Up Green
    July 7, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    I love this project – I’m liking the idea of adding terra cotta pots – thinking indoor instead of outside this time. Thanks for the idea. Going to subscribe!


    • bonbon
      July 8, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Hi Carole……..I made these thinking I would put on my patio but love them so much I have been using inside. Thank you for subscribing and taking time to stop by. SMILES! ~bonbon

  8. July 9, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    That is brilliant! Great idea! So happy you shared it with Thursday Favorite Things blog hop!

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      Hi Jas…….Thanks. I appreciate you stopping by. ~bonbon

  9. July 10, 2015 / 8:37 am

    Thanks for the idea. I will definitely try this!

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      Hi Mei…….Let me know how it goes for you. Would love to see your project when done. Thanks for stopping by! ~bonbon

  10. July 10, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I have everything on hand to make these and after I return from vacation, I believe I’m going to give them a try. Thank you so much for linking up at the Thank Goodness It’s Thursday link party. Have a great weekend!

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:28 pm

      Hello Sarah………I think you will enjoy this project….Let me know if you give it try. Have a wonderful week! ~bonbon

  11. July 10, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    I love the way these pots look!!! Awesomeness!! Linda @Crafts a la mode

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:29 pm

      Hey Linda…..Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by. Have a wonderful week! ~bonbon

  12. Lou Lou Girls
    July 11, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Oh cute! I get so excited each week to see what you have been working on because it’s always AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can party!!!! Lou Lou Girls

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      Hi Lou Lou Girls……..Thanks…..I will be the party for sure. Thanks for stopping by. ~bonbon

  13. July 11, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Hi Bonbon, this is a great project and now I have to try one, I already have a pot ready, now to get the transfer, Im printing yours to try.

    Thanks for stopping by Friday Features to share your project, Im so happy that you did and hope you can stop by often. Im pinning as well.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Hi Karren…….I hope you get time to try this project. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to talk again soon! ~bonbon

  14. Misty
    July 12, 2015 / 11:52 am

    These are adorable!! I haven’t tried this transfer method before. Thanks for sharing! Pinning! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:33 pm

      Hi Misty…..It really is an easy way to transfer. Thanks for pinning and sharing. Hope to see you again soon. ~bonbon

  15. July 14, 2015 / 8:53 am

    This looks great! I did something similar with canvas and gel medium! I love how you did it with mod page! I may have to try this for some pots I have! Thanks for idea!

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Hi Ruthie……Thanks! Mod Podge is so great I love working with it. Thank you for taking time to stop by. ~bonbon

  16. July 14, 2015 / 10:10 am

    Hi Bonbon,

    This turned out so cute! I have always wondered how to go about making a vintage style pot, thanks for this-pinned! And for linking up at TALENTED TUESDAY!

    • bonbon
      July 19, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Hi AJ…….Thanks! I appreciate your comment and for stopping by. I will see you again on Tuesday at your fun link party. ~bonbon

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  18. bonbon
    July 19, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    Hello Alison……Thanks for adding to your board and for taking time to stop by. Have a wonderful week! ~bonbon

  19. August 4, 2015 / 9:44 am

    These really came out cute… I have seen other transferring ideas and this one I like …time to buy that ink for the computer that I have been putting off…I can’t wait to try this…

  20. September 17, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Fabulous, and what a great idea. I am lovin it!

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