How to age Terracotta Pots

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Save the yogurt at the bottom of the container from your breakfast to make instant aged clay pots. The last time I did this, I was wearing bellbottoms and had beads hanging from my bedroom door. This is an old idea, and it needs to make a comeback, along with bellbottoms. Don’t you think?

painting clay pot

Every new clay pot that walks in our house gets an aged style before ever seeing a plant or herb. I’ve used paint, mud, and lime to age pots. Now I’m trying my leftover breakfast. 

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Materials

  • Terracotta pots
  • Paper towel
  • Disposable paintbrush
  • Leftover plain yogurt, You can use the last amounts of yogurt in the container, as long as you have enough to cover the whole pot.

Instructions to age terracotta pots

adding water to clay pot
  • Wet the clay pot with water. Use a paper towel to damp dry, but not completely dry the pot. 
painting clay pot
  • Paint with yogurt. Start brushing on plain yogurt with a disposable paintbrush. Paint in uneven strokes and uneven layers of yogurt. 
  • Place outside. Then set the yogurt covered pot in a safe place outside to aged. Place in a cool area away from the house. The yummy yogurt may attract ants and all kinds of bugs. 
aged clay pot

After a couple of days, check your clay pot.

aged terracotta pot

Now you have an aged clay pot with a bit of green crackled appearance. I think yogurt turns green if you leave it outside on anything. 

My faux green plants go well in my aged terracotta pots and those decor beads.

Here are a few other aging type posts to take a gander.

Aging burlap

Aging wood

Chippy paint technique

If you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb, several of these plants fill our home. They live in aged terracotta pots. 🙂

closeup of aging

I hope eating the yogurt doesn’t age me too fast. It should be okay since I rarely paint myself with yogurt. 

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