You won't need to cast a spell to turn terra cotta pots into a cute Halloween craft your kids can make! Using clay pots, paint and pipe cleaners, find out how to conjure up terra cotta pot jack-o'-lanterns that will help set the scene this Halloween.

Terra cotta jack-o-lantern materials


  • Terra cotta clay pots of any size
  • Pencil
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Orange or brown acrylic paint
  • Thin paintbrush
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue


Terra cotta jack-o-lantern step 1

Turn your terra cotta pot upside down and sketch a jack-o'-lantern face with a pencil on the side of your Halloween craft.

Next, use your pencil to draw lines down the pumpkin craft to simulate a pumpkin's contoured surface.

Terra cotta jack-o-lantern step 2

Now, use your thin paint brush to fill the face of your Halloween craft with black paint and use the brown or orange paint to define the lines. The paint should dry quickly since terra cotta pot crafts seem to suck up the color.

Terra cotta jack-o-lantern step 3

Then, twist your green pipe cleaner to form a stem shape, looping it several times to give it dimension, and place the end through the hole in your terra cotta pot craft and secure from underneath with glue. Now your jack-o'-lanterns are ready to adorn your mantel or porch without the worry of spoiling before the witching hour!

Note^ You can also turn this terra cotta pot craft into a simple pumpkin craft by skipping over the face and only using the lines for the contoured surface and the pipe cleaner for the stem.

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