Crafts & DIY
Lady paints terra cotta pots and saucers to turn them into “adorable animals”
I'm going to be making at least a dozen of these lady bugs for Mother's Day. They're so cute. 🐞🥰
Jessica Adler
04.03.24

In the world of DIY and garden flair, something super cute is catching on.

It’s all about turning those everyday terracotta pots into adorable little garden buddies.

Patti J. Good’s tutorial, “Diy Patio Pets: Creative Clay Pot Decor For Your Garden,” is your ticket into this fun project.

Right from the start, she promises a crafting adventure with a simple list of supplies- terracotta pots and saucers, a ball for the heads, glue, a few shades of paint, and your creativity.

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YouTube - Patti J. Good

She says, “Today we are going to make some cute little garden animals out of some terracotta pots,” and just like that, you’re picturing your garden buzzing with life.

Not just your average flowers and plants, but turtles and ladybugs made by you.

Terracotta gives these crafts a natural, earthy vibe that fits perfectly outdoors.

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The materials list is pretty straightforward.

You’ll need a larger saucer for the turtle’s body and smaller pots for its legs.

For ladybugs, it’s a similar deal, but with a vibrant twist of red and black paint to bring out those iconic spots.

Patti breaks it down so simply, mentioning it’ll take about two coats of paint to get vivid colors.

The beauty of this project? It’s all in the fun of painting and assembling a few pieces to bring these creatures to life.

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YouTube - Patti J. Good

Crafting the turtles feels like you’re playing with nature.

A base coat of medium green gets things started, and then it’s all about adding texture with a sponge to mimic a shell.

The ladybugs are a joyful burst of color. That red base with carefully dotted black spots transforms your pots into charming garden critters.

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And if you’re wondering about complexity, don’t.

Patti makes it clear that anyone can jump in. There’s no intricate cutting or shaping.

Once your paint job is done—just dabbing and swirling colors—you’re gluing parts together. That’s it.

It’s as easy as piecing together a simple puzzle that’s loaded with personality and charm.

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YouTube - Patti J. Good

Mini versions are in the mix too, perfect for dotting around smaller spaces or even inside the house.

The process shrinks down, but the fun doesn’t.

Imagine tiny turtles and ladybugs perched on your windowsill, made by your own hands.

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In just a single day, this tutorial has already captured the hearts of over 56,000 viewers, a testament to its charm and appeal.

From seasoned crafters to those just looking for a fun weekend project, Patti’s tutorial has something for everyone.

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Netizens are loving Patti’s video and all the creativity it has sparked.

“Patti, the ladybug is my favorite. I think they all are darling and would be cute peeking out from under plants in a garden or flower bed,” one viewer shares.

Another excitedly proclaims their gifting potential, saying, “😆 I have a friend who loves turtles 🐢 and gardening so this would be the perfect gift for her. Thanks, Patti 😊.”

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YouTube - Patti J. Good

The sentiment is echoed by many others, with comments like, “I love the tortoise! 💖 This is such a cute, original, and easy idea… I’ll definitely try making these for my own garden. Thanks so much for sharing 💞 Much love 😊🐢” and “Patti, I love your channel! Your gift and packaging videos are among my favorite. Would love some ideas on inexpensive gifts to hand out at church on Mothers Day. We always give each Mom a small gift. I’m running out of ideas.”

These interactions highlight the community’s appreciation for Patti’s creative and accessible projects.

See these adorable terra cotta critters come together in Patti’s video tutorial below!

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