Paper Mache Terracotta Faces

by Crafty Lumberjacks

We had an idea to add whimsical faces to our terracotta pots…but it ended up being a lot hard then we thought.

We tried polymer and terracotta clay but they wouldn’t stick to the pot!

After some help from some Instagram friends, we came across instant paper mache and it finally worked!


DIY Paper Mache Terracotta Faces   #papermache     #upcycle     #pottery    #pots     #houseplantclub     #houseplants    #homedecor     #facemask

Here’s a bit about our process. We followed the directions on the instant paper mache packaging and then started to get creative! We molded our facial features to the pots, set them to dry and hoped for the best! We were expecting the dried paper mache to be delicate but it’s really hard and durable and it stuck to the pots perfectly!


DIY Paper Mache Terracotta Faces   #papermache     #upcycle     #pottery    #pots     #houseplantclub     #houseplants    #homedecor     #facemask

We gave them a good coat of white spray paint and for some added texture, we sprayed then with stone textured spray paint. 


DIY Paper Mache Terracotta Faces   #papermache     #upcycle     #pottery    #pots     #houseplantclub     #houseplants    #homedecor     #facemask

After trying this project over and over with other materials, we’re super happy with how great they turned out! 

We didn’t make these weather proof, so we keep ours inside on our bookshelf and think they’re the perfect addition to our apartment!


DIY Paper Mache Terracotta Faces   #papermache     #upcycle     #pottery    #pots     #houseplantclub     #houseplants    #homedecor     #facemask

This was also one of the projects we made on HGTV Handmade! Take a look!

16 comments

Debrashoppeno5 June 17, 2017 - 2:37 am

What fun! I just love having unusual items in my home. Your pots are terrific.

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 22, 2017 - 11:12 pm

Thank you!

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Audra @ Renewed Projects June 19, 2017 - 3:51 am

these are too freakin cute! I love the faces you can make with these! talk about adding personality to your garden.

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 22, 2017 - 11:12 pm

Haha yesssss!

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello June 19, 2017 - 8:49 pm

These are just too cute. I’m definitely pinning this one. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 22, 2017 - 11:12 pm

Aw, thank you, Donna! xoxo

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Laurie June 22, 2017 - 3:59 pm

These are spectacular and loads of fun! Thanks so much for sharing

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 22, 2017 - 11:12 pm

Thanks Laurie!

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DeeDee June 23, 2017 - 10:27 am

OMG! Adorable. I love it!

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 22, 2017 - 11:11 pm

Hehe thanks!

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Beverly June 24, 2017 - 3:35 pm

What a fun idea! Those faces are adorable! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! Pinning.

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 22, 2017 - 11:11 pm

Yay! Thank you!

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Chelsey June 30, 2017 - 1:05 pm

Omg, these are hilarious. I love them! Pinned, and thanks for sharing!

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 22, 2017 - 11:11 pm

Thank you!!!!

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Maria July 30, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Hi!!! LOOOOOVE!!! But I do have a question. Are the plants in smaller pots you have placed into your face pots? And the faces are pretty durable? I plan on doing these as gifts. Thank you.

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Evin September 11, 2023 - 11:12 am

Love this! I’m thinking I may try it with plastic plant pots and hoping doing a thin overall base layer of flat paper will give it a less slick surface to adhere to. Then facial features over that. Then brush on paint for a finished look. Fingers crossed it works because it is such a fun project and cute result. It’ll be fun to see what the kids come up with to depict in relief as well.

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