How to create miniature terracotta pots from polymer clay

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18 June 2020
Learn how to create miniature terracotta pots from polymer clay for your dolls houses, miniature scenes, dioramas and fairy gardens.

As part of the 'miniature garden' series Candy Chappill shares how to make some lovely miniature terracotta pots for your miniature garden scenes using polymer clay in five simple steps. 

Miniature terracotta pots tutorial

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You will need

  • Polymer clay
  • Ring mandrel
  • Roller
  • Spacers 1.5mm
  • Tissue blade
  • Spacers 1mm
  • Needle tool
  • Cutters/textures
  • Baking method
  • Sanding paper


1. For the base, roll terracotta coloured clay 1.5mm thick. Cut this rolled clay into a 3cm strip and wrap around your mandrel.

2. Once wrapped around, trim the join using a tissue blade or scalpel. Gently push the two ends together.

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3. Repeat as above, but this time roll 1mm thick and cut your strip 6mm wide. This is for the top of your flowerpot.

4. Time to decorate! To add a speckled effect to your pot, use a needle tool to mark the clay (do this prior to baking your clay when the clay is still soft). 

You can also add some 3D effects to your pots by rolling clay 1mm thick and using cutters, scalpels, textures, etc. to make components. Gently press these onto the pre-baked clay pot.

5. To finish, bake your pots. Candy baked hers in an oven at 130ºC for 15 minutes. To give a nice even finish, sand the tops and bottoms.

And that's it! An adorable selection of miniature terracotta pots, ready for your miniature garden or scene.


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