How to make a DIY terracotta pot jack o'lantern


terracotta pot jack o'lantern

We’re big fans of the brilliantly colourful Fireflies and Mud Pies blog - a great place to discover creative projects and ideas to craft with kids. So we sent them a pack of Sugru Mouldable Glue to see what fun they would come up with, and we weren’t disappointed. Check out their step-by-step guide to making the most of ceramic terracotta pots in the run-up to Halloween with an awesome DIY Jack O’Lantern!

To make this craft project, you will need:

  • 1 large terracotta pot and saucer

  • 1 small terracotta pot and saucer

  • Single-use packs of Sugru

  • Orange, green or brown, and black outdoor acrylic paint

  • Paintbrushes

items for jack o'Lantern

Step 1

Open red and yellow single-use packs of Sugru and invite your child to knead together to create orange. 

yellow and red Sugru mixed together

Step 2

Press the Sugru along the rim of the large terracotta pot carefully.

Sugru applied to rim of pot

Step 3

Place the terracotta saucer on the pot and firmly press it into the Sugru. Show your child how to run their finger along the seam of Sugru to smooth it and remove any excess. Press the excess Sugru along the rim of a separate small pot, then press it onto the saucer to create a stem for the pumpkin. Allow the Sugru to set for 12-24 hours.

Sugru smoothed down

Step 4

After the Sugru has set, invite your child to paint their terracotta pumpkin orange. 

pot painted orange

Step 5

Show the kids how to use a small, thin brush to paint their Jack O' Lantern's face with black paint. Here's a great list of the best acrylic paint for beginners.

face painted on pot

Step 6

Allow the paint to dry completely and set the terracotta Jack O' Lantern on your front porch to welcome Halloween!

jack o'lantern made from pot

Happy Halloween guys - stay spooky!