Use your cake decorating skills to create cute container

Here’s another something to do while waiting for the ground to warm up enough to start planting.

02-02-09_Embelished Terra Cotta Pot 

Here’s another picture, different background.


This is a terra cotta pot that was embellished with … (drum roll, please)


…caulk gun, caulk, and cake decorating tips.

Knowing how to use the cake decorating tips is a helpful skill, but not mandatory.  You’re going for the essence of a bunch of grapes and grape vines, not perfection.

I did this one last year, but here are the basic steps.

Load your caulk gun and you’re going to make your grapes and your leaves with the caulk.

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Here is the first layer of the “grapes” and some leaves.  To make the “grapes,” you’ll use the caulk tube tip and squeeze out caulk to form a ball.  The balls should form the general outline of a bunch of grapes.  (Always the thrifty one, this decorating kit was .25 cents after Halloween from the Dollar Store). 

Once the first layer on the “grapes” dries, you’ll come back and make more layers of “grapes” one layer at a time giving it a 3D effect.

To make the “leaves,” you’ll have to hold the leaf making tip in place over the tip of your caulk as you’re squeezing.  I just made leaves, but you can experiment with the other tips to make more shapes.

For the leaves, I used this tip…

02-01-09 (5) …but use the leaf making tip included with your kit.  You’ll want to use a flat non-stick surface to squeeze your caulk onto.  A piece of Saran Wrap or even a garbage bag will work.

For the straight lines/vines, I squeezed the caulk directly onto the pot.   (There was a small area of “vine” around the rim that I had to re-glue).

Once your “grapes” and “leaves” are dry, you’ll glue them onto your pot.

The terra cotta pot then needs to be painted inside and out and then apply polyurethane to the interior.  I used the spray polyurethane.

So, that’s it.  Just a little something to satisfy that itch to get out in the yard.

Happy Gardening!!!



  1. February 5, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Cheryl, that is just so darned pretty! You are one talented girl. You need to set up a booth somewhere and sell those.


  2. gardengoodies said,

    February 6, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Okay. This is a little scary… (playing theme from the Twilight Zone)

    I was thinking the exact same thing about you when I saw your bird houses. They’d look great scattered around anybody’s garden.

  3. February 6, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    It is scary. Both Peel ( and I did posts about “We Have Liftoff…” last week, hers dated before mine!


  4. gardengoodies said,

    February 7, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Granny-I think I figured out what it is. We’re all thinking so many gardening thoughts and putting them into the cosmos that Mother Nature, being the conservationist that she is, is recycling all those great thoughts into the minds of gardeners everywhere. Or, the old standby, great minds think alike.

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