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Pencil-Patterned Flowerpots

Add color and patterns to a simple terra-cotta flowerpot with rectangular or round pencils and adhesive.

 Terra-cotta pots decorated with pencils

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter saw or miter box and handsaw
  • Tape measure


  • 25 carpenter pencils
  • 3 - 15-packs of round pencils
  • 4-1/4-in-diameter clay pot, #94448
  • 6-in-diameter clay pot, #94450
  • 2.5oz clear silicone adhesive
  • Minwax spray spar varnish, #99642

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Step 1

Spray spar varnish on the inside and outside of the pot to seal it.

Step 2

Measure the height of the rim and cut pieces that length from one end of each pencil. You'll need additional pieces to cover the rim, so cut one pencil into several pieces, but avoid letting your fingers get close to the saw blade.

Good to Know

We used three packs of round pencils (15 per pack) and 25 carpenter's pencils. The number of pencils you'll need will vary with the size of the pot.

Step 3

Measure from just under the rim to the bottom of the pot. Cut what's left of the pencils about 1/8-inch shorter than that length.

Step 4

Apply a bead of silicone adhesive to one side of each pencil and press it against the side of the terra-cotta pot. Space out the pencils around the pot. Then attach the short pieces around the rim.

Step 5

If your pot will be outdoors or in a moist area, seal the whole project with two coats of spray spar varnish.