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DIY Terracotta Vase: From Trash to Terracotta

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

I recently hopped on the DIY terracotta vase trend (my thanks goes out to Tiktok), and I’ve gotta say, I’m obsessed!

I’ve tried a few home DIYs in the past and tbh, they don’t always turn out quite right…Let’s just say I’ve had a few Pinterest fails in my life. Those craft projects never make it to the blog!

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

After seeing the DIY terracotta vase project all over my Insta feed, I decided to give it a try. Turns out, this is one of those DIY projects that you can’t mess up. Those are my favorite kind of DIY, btw.

So today I’m sharing tips and a step-by-step guide on how to make DIY terracotta vases, materials you’ll need, and how I styled them.

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

I had so much fun making these and I just love how they turned out! Now I’m constantly keeping my eye out for potential vases I can use for my next Terracotta vase DIY. Especially since we’re not traveling at all right now and just staying home, I’ve got a lot more time on my hands for little DIY projects.

This is such a fun and easy DIY project, and the end results seriously looks SO good. You will love.

Materials Needed for DIY Terracotta Vases:

Buy your materials for this DIY below:

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

DIY Terracotta Vase Steps:

1. Pour your paint into your paint tray. I experimented with different colors and my favorites ended up being the following colors from Sherwin-Williams:
White Duck
Baked Clay
Moscow Midnight
Persimmon

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

Pro tip, you can buy a sample for $8 at Sherwin-Williams and that will give you plenty of paint for several vases! I actually ended up using some of the samples we had on hand when we were looking for our house color, and bought a few other terracotta colored paint samples.

2. Add baking soda. Start with about a tablespoon of baking soda, but you can add more or less depending on how chunky and textured you want your paint to be.

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

3. Mix paint and baking soda with a stick until all the baking soda is dissolved. Paint will become thick and have a mousse-like texture. The baking soda will continue to bubble and your paint will become chunkier over the next 20 minutes, giving it that terracotta paint look.

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

4. Paint first coat. You’ll want to do two coats of paint, and you can go ahead and do your first coat while you wait for your paint to continue bubbling and getting chunkier. Let the first coat dry and then go in for your second coat. By this time your paint should be looking pretty chunky and your second coat of paint will give you more of that textured terracotta look.

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

To style these upcycled vases I added some dried pampas grass and wheat, and in others I did a single faux pampas grass. Also thinking of getting some dried palm leaves! They look so good sprinkled throughout the house. We have them on our credenza, side tables, and on our dresser in our bedroom.

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

I was able to use old vases I had lying around and also bought a few at Goodwill that I liked the shape of, costing me all of $10. Plus it was a fun. That’s a win in my book!

How to make DIY Terracotta Vases, by lifestyle blogger What The Fab

What home DIY project should I try next? Send any ideas my way, I’m on a home project roll!

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FAQs

How do you make paint look like terracotta?

What colors make terracotta?

Mixing red and brown or orange and brown will give you a terracotta color.

What kind of paint do you use for a DIY terracotta vase?

Use any water-based paint in any color you like.

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