Making a Terra Cotta Turtle Garden Decorations

I love the terra cotta garden decorations that I see when I go to craft fairs. But since I have a budget that I have to stick to, I can not afford the price that I often see them being sold for. But after thinking about it, I realized that I could easily make one for almost nothing.

make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

My terra cotta turtle took me under and hour to make and less than $5. You will need:

Supplies to make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

A medium or large size terra cotta saucer. (The plates that go under the pots. ) Make sure it is solid, with no cracks, and no hole in center.

5 of the smaller terra cotta pots. Make sure one of them does not have a hole in it. Or depending on the size of the hole, you can fill it with hot glue.

2 shades of green acrylic paint.

foam paint brushes, or you can use regular paint brushes.

Hot glue and Hot sticks.

You can use a modge pod or paint sealer to make it last longer.

Paint the larger terra cotta base light green make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

After removing any stickers or price tags, start by paining the saucer a light green. Mine took a few coats.

Paint the smaller posts dark green make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

Paint the smaller pots in a darker green.

Add a design with the dark green make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

Paint a design on the back of the saucer with the dark green. You can make any design you want. Anything that reminds you of a turtle.

If you are going to seal the posts, this is the perfect and most easiest time to do it. You can always do it later after it has glued.

Glue it together make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

Glue 4 of the smaller pots as legs.

Making the head make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

Take the 5th pot and turn it on the side, and glue it in between front legs . This is to form the head. You can add a face on the head. I chose not to.

My turtle is hanging out make a terra cotta turtle, making a decoration for the garden

Then once the turtle is dried and ready, you can add it into your garden.

Comments

  1. Super cute… I’ll be featuring you. Thank you so much for linking up with us!
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  2. Oh my gosh, this is just too cute! I think it would be a great project for my daughter and I to do and I think they would look perfect in my mother’s garden!
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  3. That is soooooo adorable and I love that it’s easy to make!!
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  4. Oh my gosh, these are adorable! And fairly simple to make, too :)
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  5. Your turtle is adorable! What a cute project. I know my little boy would love making the turtle with me!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  6. cutest thing i’ve seen all day!
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  7. anne hill says:

    omg thanks for sharing – we are just looking to add some special touches to our garden – this is very creative

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