how to age a terra cotta pot

how to age a terra cotta pot

How to Age a Terra Cotta Pot

Aging a terra cotta pot can give a classic and rustic appeal to your garden and home. You can easily age the pot using simple supplies. Follow these steps for a desired effect.

Materials Needed:

  • Terra cotta pot of desired size
  • Garden hose and/or spray bottle
  • Muriatic acid (available at most hardware stores)
  • Protective gloves
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)


  1. Clean and Prepare the Pot: Start by thoroughly cleaning the pot. Hose it down with water or use a sponge or rag to remove any dirt, old paint or other debris. Use a mild detergent for tougher spots.
  2. Mark Sections on the Pot (Optional): To create a design, use masking tape to divide the pot into sections. The design can be random or symmetrical.
  3. Apply the Acid: Put on protective gloves and pour a small amount of muriatic acid onto the pot. You can use a brush to spread the acid around if desired. Let the acid sit for up to 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse off the Acid: Use a garden hose or a spray bottle full of water to rinse off the acid. Make sure all of the acid is gone.
  5. Wipe Away Excess Water: Gently use a rag to wipe down the pot. You can use a plastic scraper on stubborn deposits if needed.


  • Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Follow all directions on the muriatic acid container.
  • Do a small, hidden patch test before treating the entire pot.

With these simple steps, you can easily age a terra cotta pot. Have fun experimenting with different techniques and designs for a unique look in your garden or home.