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.
My terra cotta turtle took me under and hour to make and less than $5. You will need:
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.
After removing any stickers or price tags, start by paining the saucer a light green. Mine took a few coats.
Paint the smaller pots in a darker green.
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 4 of the smaller pots as legs.
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.
Then once the turtle is dried and ready, you can add it into your garden.