Handcrafted Clay Labels
Herb Pots

Homegrown Parsley, Basil and Thyme never looked so good.

No need to grow your precious herbs in plain old clay pots when you can cultivate your crop in colorful containers like this.

Add a touch of handcrafted whimsy to your small scale gardening efforts with these rim-wrapped, clay-labeled pots.

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These 3-D labeled herb pots are fun and easy to make and just imagine the possibilities.

You could make personalized pots for every herb in your garden.

This is also a great way to dress-up old, dusty clay pots in your shed or garage.

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In addition to clay pots, you’ll also need a set of mini-alphabet cookie cutters and some clay.

There are quite a few brands of clay on the market but I prefer the more lightweight paper clay because it’s easy to mold and dries very quickly.

You can find the mini cookie cutters and the paper clay at most crafts stores.

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Roll out the clay to about 1/4-inch thickness.

Use the mini alphabet cookie cutters to cut out the letters needed to form the name of the desired herb.

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Use regular craft glue to adhere the letters to the rim of the clay pot.

Repeat and wrap the name around the entire rim.

Separate each word with a small clay dot.

NOTE: Move your words around the rim into the the desired positioning and spacing before the glue dries.

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Once you have the placement, allow the letters to dry for at least a two hours to ensure they’re completely dried out.

Use painter’s tape to block off the area below the rim to prevent any paint from getting on the rest of the pot.

Then, paint the letters and rim with paint.

NOTE:  Also paint the inside top edge of the pot about the same width as the rim to meet the impending potting soild line.

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You may need a small-bristle brush to make sure you get the paint into all the nooks and crannies of the lettering.  Give the letters and rim at least two coats of paint.

Don’t forget, make sure any area of the pot that you don’t want painted is carefully taped off.

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If you have a clay tray, go ahead and paint that too so that it matches the rim for a uniform presentation.

Finally, apply a clear sealant to the painted rim and tray to protect the newly-applied color.

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Make a set of personalized pots for you and consider gifting a handcrafted set for the herb gardening lover in your life.

I think anyone would enjoy collecting their very own herbs that much more… when plucked from colorful pots like this.

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   Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

See you back here next week.


 I wrote a similar version of this handcrafted herb pot project which first appeared at Ella Claire Inspired on April 16, 2015.



  • Deborah Brooks

    This is such a cute and neat idea. I think I may try this.

  • Pinky

    I LOVE this! I just got some herbs and now I know how I am going to pot them! Thanks!!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      You’ll love this project, Pinky.
      It’s such a cute look with the names embedded into the clay rim.
      Good luck and let me know how the project turns out for you.
      have a great week.

  • Dalia

    This is so lovely and would be so convenient for my husband, who never knows which is which by looking at them. But in German herbnames are really long, wrapping Basilikum around a pot might be difficult. 🙂

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Dalia, You may not be able to repeat the name but even one long, custom herb name would look good wrapped around the rim.
      Also, consider using smaller letters too.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Carmen

    What type of paint did you use? I was wondering if acrylic paint would hold up.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Hi Carmen, I just used regular acrylic craft paint. You can also coat the finished pot with a clear sealer. Also, I don’t recommend leaving them outside. I think the pots will hold up better if you keep them indoors. Good luck and let me know how yours turn out.

  • [email protected]

    What a great idea! and not just for pots! going to get my mini letter cutters out and start on some projects!
    Have a great week…….

  • KariAnne

    Such a cute and fun project! Love it!!

  • [email protected] Designs

    So love this project!…Love projects that are easy and the result is beautiful…thanks Lisa!

  • rosalie

    I love, love, this idea!! What a great way to add some fun to plain terra cotta herb pots. You can use this idea on annual flower pots as well. Rosalie

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Those are adorable! I may have to “borrow” some clay from my grandkids 🙂 In fact I got some herbs from our local greenhouse this year and the plants were in little clay pots. I saved the pots for future use — you’ve given me an idea of what to do. Thank you!

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