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Terra Cotta Pumpkin – Recycled Clay Pot Pumpkin Candy Dish

This terra cotta pumpkin looks great as a decor item and also does double duty as a candy dish. 

This is a win – win in my book! I love to recycle items in crafts. Not only does it save money, but helps our environment too.

Don’t you just love fast and easy home decor ideas that add seasonal flair to your home at very little cost? Me, too!  Turn an old clay pot into a fun candy dish for Thanksgiving or Halloween

Thanksgiving tablescapes often make use of a centerpiece that gets showcased in the middle of a table. This idea would make a perfect addition to any holiday table.

I love working with terra cotta pots. 

I always have a variety of sizes of them hanging around that are left over from working with succulents and the shape of them and their shape just lends itself to all sorts of holiday ideas.

I’ve made a lot of fun projects with them and have many more planned. Even old pots will work as long as you clean the clay pots well.Terra cotta pumpkin Candy dish made of a clay pot on a stack of vintage books

Turn an old clay pot into a whimsical pumpkin candy dish with just a few supplies. See the tutorial on The Gardening Cook. Click To Tweet

How to make a terra cotta pumpkin

I visited a thrift shop over the weekend and came home with a decrepit looking stem of dusty brown silk flowers for 99 cents that had seen its better days.

But it had very nice detail on the leaves and I figured I’d find a way to use it somehow in a craft project.

My husband wondered if I had lost my marbles when he saw it. I had no plans for it until I started on this project.

The color is just perfect for my pumpkin stems!dried flowers

This has to be one of the quickest project I have done in a long time.  The only real time is drying time for the paint and if you like the color of your terra cotta pot, you don’t even need to do that!

Note: Hot glue guns, and heated glue can burn. Please use extreme caution when using hot glue. Learn to use your tools properly before you start any project.

Gather your Supplies for this terra cotta pumpkin:

This project only needs a few supplies.

  • a 4″ clay pot and saucer
  • some wire rope
  • craft paint
  • a few silk leaves
  • a wooden spool
  • some candy pumpkins
  • hot glue gun and glue stickssupplies for the clay pot pumpkin

First I painted my pot and saucer orange and combined black and orange paint to get a greenish – brown color that I wanted for my spool.painted clay pots

When the paint was dry, I assembled the stem of the pumpkin. First I wound the wire jute around a pencil to give it a nice curled shape. 

Then I wrapped this around my spool and tacked it in place with some hot glue.curly cue wire making

A quick dab of hot glue on the center of the upside down saucer holds the pumpkin stem in place.Making the stem

I cut two nice pieces of leaves off my old dried flower stalk and tacked them on both sides of the spool.

I used a nice dusty brown color that looks nice with my spool stem.  Now my thrift shop purchase makes perfect sense. Isn’t the detail lovely?finished pumpkin top

All that was left to do is to fill the clay pot pumpkin with candy pumpkins and pop on the lid. Fill the pumpkin with candy

Tada !!  All done in less than a couple of minutes! I LOVE that this looks just like a pumpkin decor item but it secretly holds the candy inside it.  Who would ever guess? What fun!

This flavor of candy, along with candy corn, is very popular, particularly in the fall. Did you also know that you can grow candy corn plant in your garden?

You won’t get the candy but the look and colors are the same! Finished clay pot pumpkin

Now it was time to stage my terra cotta pumpkin candy dish. 

I used a couple of old books, some faux gourds and silk leaves and ended up with a very pretty fall vignette that will be perfect for either Halloween or Thanksgiving.terra cotta pumpkin vignette with books and leaves

If you have an hour (or less if you don’t paint) of spare time and an old terra cotta pot, make your own pumpkin candy dish today. The vignette would be perfect on a fall mantle!Clay pot pumpkin vignette

See more terra cotta pot projects here:

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Would you like a reminder of this clay pot pumpkin project?  Just pin this image to one of your Craft boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
Terra cotta pumpkin candy dishAdmin note: This post for the terracotta pumpkin candy dish first appeared on the blog in September of 2017. I have updated the post with a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 1 fun candy dish

Terra Cotta Pumpkin - Clay pot Pumpkin Candy Dish

Finished clay pot pumpkin

Turn a few craft supplies and an old terra cotta pot into a pumpkin shaped candy dish for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $5-$10


  • 1 - 4″ clay pot and saucer
  • 6 inches wire rope
  • orange and brown craft paint
  • a few silk leaves
  • 1 small wooden spool


  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


  1. Paint the pot and saucer orange. (if you like the color of your pot and it is very clean and new, you don't need to paint it.
  2. Paint the wooden spool brown.
  3. Wrap the wired rope around the pencil to form a tendril shape. Wrap it around the spool and then tack the two pieces to the saucer bottom.
  4. Tack the flowers to both sides of the spool and tendril with some hot glue.
  5. Fill the pot with candy corn.
  6. Replace the lid and display with pride.

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