Our new Americana Clay Pot Wreath was a fun Dollar Tree door decor project.
We are in the process of giving our front porch a complete makeover. Americana decor is our theme. This clay pot wreath is my first contribution to the project.
See the finished BEFORE and AFTER Porch Makeover here.
Update: We sold the house to the very first person to view it! The porch makeover helped! This post has been updated to include photos of our Clay Pot Wreath on the front door at the new home.
Americana Clay Pot Wreath project supplies
- 12 small clay pots (Dollar Tree)
- 3 larger clay pots (Dollar Tree)
- 15 Succulents (Dollar Tree)
- 2 Swag type succulents
- DecoArt Acrylic paint Navy Blue
- DecoArt Acrylic paint Deep Red
- 2 Dry floral foam (Dollar Tree)
- Spanish moss (Dollar Tree)
- Grapevine wreath 16″
- Floral wire (Dollar Tree)
- Hot glue sticks and a hot glue gun
- Spray sealer
This is my first time making a clay pot wreath and it was both fun and challenging at the same time. I wound up using the floral wire rather than the bulky flex tie pictured. The floral wire is easier to hide in the design. I changed my mind completely about using the yellow paint. We are using a yellow wreath holder instead to add that pop of a bright color.
Painting the Clay Pots
First, I painted all the pots.
Clay pots are very porous meaning they will absorb liquids and then dry back out. Knowing this, I decided to paint using a piece of cotton fabric soaked in water. I cut up an old t-shirt to use and simply threw away all the paint soaked pieces when I was done.
I would wring out the cloth then dab a little paint on the tip and paint. Easy peasy! There is a total of 3 coats of paint on each pot. I told you, they soak it up and I just kept adding another coat until I got the tone I wanted.
Milk jug caps are the perfect repurpose item for paint projects. I just add a little dab of paint into each cap which keeps me from using too much. Once the paint dries, you can peel it out and reuse the cap.
Adding the Styrofoam and Moss
Once the paint was dry, I sprayed each pot with a sealer. This will help to prevent scratches which happen very easily.
Next, I began preparing each pot. First I measured the floral foam on the pot to see how to cut it. I wound up cutting it in half and then trimming to fit.
The floral foam is not hot glued into the pot. It wedged in nicely.
Then I drizzled hot glue on the top of the foam and placed moss on until it was covered well.
Notice in the second photo above that the wire has already been inserted through the pot. This is important! Take my word for it, while you can insert the wire after adding the foam and moss, it is much easier to do first. The wire will be used to attach each pot to the wreath.
Adding the Succulents
Now we are going to desecrate those adorable yet elusive Dollar Tree succulents! Popular seasonal decor and craft items sell out super fast at Dollar Tree. What’s the secret to becoming an owner? Shop Dollartree.com. You can buy online and pick up in the store. Yes! Problem solved. You are welcome.
Don’t worry about the cute little flower pots leftover after removing the succulent. You are sure to see those again. We always reuse and repurpose.
Attaching the Flower Pots to the Wreath
It is time to wire and hot glue the pots onto the wreath.
First, play around to determine your placement. The pots don’t balance well on a grapevine wreath as you might imagine but you will be able to get a good idea of where to place each pot.
Wire each pot to the wreath first and then add some hot glue onto the spot where the pot touches the wreath. These pretty succulent filled clay pots have a little weight to them so the glue helps keep them secure.
In order to get the wire as tight as possible, wrap both ends in opposite directions then twist on the top side of the wreath, just under the pot. Then wrap again and twist again. Secure the end by twisting a few times and tucking the end into the grapevine.
In places where one pot touched another pot, I glued them together.
Be sure to turn your pots in all different directions and not all facing the same way.
Most wreaths have a bow. While there is no bow on our Americana Clay Pot wreath, the two swag succulents on one side add that bow type dimension to the overall look.