Clay Pot Jack-o’-Lanterns Craft

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With Halloween just around the corner, this clay pot Jack-o’lanterns craft is one to make using cheap craft store supplies like mini terra cotta pots, orange color paint, wiggly eyes, and chenille stems.

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Clay Pot Jack-o’Lanterns Craft

Forget the fuss of pumpkin carving; this craft is adorable and incredibly easy to make.

These whimsical terra cotta pumpkins are perfect for adding that festive touch to your front porch or inside your home. Stick around for the full tutorial!

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The full list of materials, tools, and instructions is in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

DIY Terracotta Pumpkins

The magic of this craft is transforming the most unassuming materials (clay pots and paint) into joyful Halloween (or fall) decor!

You can find clay pots in different sizes, making creating a whole family of Jack-o’Lanterns easy!

Once you’ve gathered all your craft supplies—see the complete list below— you’ll be shocked at how quickly you can assemble these little guys.

Trust us; this is an easy Halloween craft even the kiddos can help with. For the really little ones, you could make plastic pumpkins using plastic pots instead of clay pots.

You’ll find the printable step-by-step tutorial card at the end of this post.

For more pumpkin craft ideas, check out our Ceramic Pumpkin Pot Tutorial, Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Hoop Craft (with changeable faces!), and Felt Ruffle Pumpkin.

To use up those wiggle eyes, the Googly Eye Pumpkin Craft is an easy, no-carve idea for kids!

Terracotta Jack-o-Lantern Craft Idea

Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The materials and tools needed for this project have been linked to Amazon below for your convenience. The quantities are on the craft tutorial card at the end of this post.

Clay Pot Jack-O’-Lanterns Craft Supplies


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Cheap Craft Supplies

This budget-friendly craft uses supplies you may already have, which can be purchased cheaply in a dollar store (or local equivalent).

If you’re in the USA, check out Dollar Tree. If you’re in the UK, the PoundshopThe RangeWilko, and Baker Ross are great places to shop for cheap and inexpensive craft supplies. To the rest of the world reading this—we’re sorry we don’t know every cheap store out there, but please do hunt the ones out in your location for crafting bargains!

Craft Supplies for Clay Pot Jack-o-Lanterns

How Do I Make Clay Pot Jack-o-Lanterns?

The printable tutorial card with the complete supplies list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Step 1 – Paint Clay Pots: Gather all your materials and remove the packaging and labels.

Basecoat the clay pots with bright orange acrylic craft paint. While still wet, add vertical stripes with dark orange acrylic craft paint.

Blend the colors with a paintbrush and set the pot aside to dry.

Step 2 – Add Face: Glue two googly/wiggle eyes on the Jack-O-Lantern face using a glue gun and glue sticks.

Create cheeks by dabbing a new pencil eraser in pink craft paint and stamping on the right and left sides, just below the eyes.

Draw a mouth from cheek to cheek with a permanent black marker.

Step 3 – Add Stem: Trim one-inch (2.5cm) sections from a tree twig using pruning shears or wire cutters. Add some hot glue to the end and insert the twig into the drain hole of the clay pot.

Step 4 – Add Vine: Wrap a green pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a vine, then slide it off.

Cut the pipe cleaner in half and attach it to the side of the pumpkin stem with a glue gun.

Step 5 – Add Bowties: Tie two small bows with natural jute twine. Attach to the front bottom of the clay pot Jack-o’-Lanterns with hot glue. Trim any long ends of the twine with scissors. Leave everything to dry, then display where desired!

You can customize your clay pot Jack-o’-Lanterns craft in several ways—use various pot sizes, paint them in different colors (not all pumpkins are orange!), and add different facial expressions. Kids will love stamping their personality into their terracotta Jack-o-Lantern!

Terracotta Clay Pot Pumpkin Craft Idea

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Clay Pot Pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns Craft Idea

Printable Clay Pot Pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns Craft Tutorial Card

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Clay Pot Jack-O'Lanterns

Clay Pot Jack-O'Lanterns

Yield: 2
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

Say goodbye to messy pumpkin carving and hello to our easy Clay Pot Jack-o’Lanterns Craft!

Materials

  • 2 (2.5"/6cm) Terra Cotta Clay Pots
  • Acrylic Paints – Bright Orange, Dark Orange, Pink
  • Googly Eyes
  • Natural Jute Twine
  • Twigs (from your backyard)
  • Green Pipe Cleaners (Chenille Stems)

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Permanent Black Marker
  • Scissors
  • Pruning Shears or Wire Cutters
  • Paintbrush 
  • Pencil with New Eraser

Instructions

  1. Gather all your materials and remove the packaging and labels. Basecoat the clay pots with bright orange acrylic craft paint. While still wet, add vertical stripes with dark orange acrylic craft paint. Blend the colors with a paintbrush and set the pot aside to dry.

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  2. Glue two googly/wiggle eyes on the Jack-O-Lantern face using a glue gun and glue sticks. Create cheeks by dabbing a new pencil eraser in pink craft paint and stamping on the right and left sides, just below the eyes. Draw a mouth from cheek to cheek with a permanent black marker.

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  3. Trim one-inch (2.5cm) sections from a tree twig using pruning shears or wire cutters. Add some hot glue to the end and insert the twig into the drain hole of the clay pot.

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  4. Wrap a green pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a vine, then slide it off. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and attach it to the side of the pumpkin stem with a glue gun.

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  5. Tie two small bows with natural jute twine. Attach to the front bottom of the clay pot Jack-o'-Lanterns with hot glue. Trim any long ends of the twine with scissors. Leave everything to dry, then display where desired!

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