Repurpose old pots & make a Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin

Cinderella had a little magic going on with her pumpkin, and frankly, I think Kathleen George worked a little magic with this mosaic pumpkin, too. Kathleen’s Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin is perfect for fall decorating. It’s beautiful indoors, of course, and you can safely display it outside, too. It’s made with a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, so it’s weather safe and won’t be affected by rain or snow (yikes, did I just say “snow”?). Mosaics can get pretty heavy, too, and the foam ball offers a lot of support and a stiff surface that won’t flex like a foam pumpkin.

how to make a broken terra cotta pot mosaic

You can safely display your Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin outdoors — the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in the middle will not be affected by rain or snow. (My apologies for the fake leaves — I just thought the photo needed a little color and it’s too early for the real thing . . .)

In the tutorial, Kathleen will walk you through how to shape your foam ball into a pumpkin. Then, she explains how to safely break up your terra cotta pots. This is a great way to repurpose those old, chipped and mismatched terra cotta pots and saucers you might have stashed away.

how to make a terra cotta mosaic pumpkin for fall decorating

The shades of terra cotta are perfect for fall, and really do look like a pumpkin.

I hope you’ll make your own pumpkin mosaic magic with Kathleen’s tutorial on

fall decorating ideas with a terra cotta mosaic pumpkin

Broken, chipped and mismatched terra cotta garden pots are magically transformed into a beautiful mosaic pumpkin!

I’ve shared quite a few mosaic projects this summer, and if you’re looking for a little more mosaic inspiration, you’ll find it here:

Tile Mosaics

Broken China Mosaics

Seashell & Sea Glass Mosaics

How’s the summer been where you are? Are you looking forward to fall? I know I am!

Happy crafting.


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26 Responses to Repurpose old pots & make a Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin

  1. Ok so I have my pumpkin covered with the terracotta pieces. Looking good so far but I’m stumped on how to cover the bottom since I want this for outside. How do I apply the chipped terracotta pieces so my pumpkin will sit straight?

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you’re DIY-ing this beauty! Here’s an idea for you — use a small saucer from a terra cotta pot, or the bottom of the pot itself. You can push either one of these into the bottom of the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, making sure it’s level and the ball will sit without rolling. Then, grout around the base just like you do the smaller pieces. This this will work for you? Please let me know how it turns out and send a photo — I’d love to see it! Sharon

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  7. plymrocker says:

    This is awesome. My kids would have fun, and have more patience than I, doing this one.
    P.S. – You shouldn’t have told us the leaves were fake. I’m still looking at them like….really?😉

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  11. I love this idea and want to make one…or ten!

  12. Super cute! I love the use of the old materials. I would love it if you linked this up at my link party! You can find it here:

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for the invitation, Lauren. I just linked up! I could not get your button code to work, however. I couldn’t scroll down to copy it in its entirety — not sure why?? Thanks, again. Sharon

  13. dixiendottie says:

    This is great!’ You’re very creative! Job well done! We’d love if you’d link up to our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Happy weekend!

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  15. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Very cool take on the pumpkin!
    ❤ Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Linky party is open!

  16. Fran says:

    Fall is my favorite season. Can’t wait to try this.

  17. Lisa M says:

    What a great fall craft. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  18. I love that!!! It made me remember some old broken talavera pots I have that I’ve hauled cross country twice now just KNOWING I’d find something to do with them! I won’t make a pumpkin but I know I can do some of those garden ball mosaics. I have plenty of terra cotta for that pumpking though!!!! Thanks for posting and sharing!!!


  19. Geri Johnson says:

    Very elegant pumpkin! Love it!

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