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Antique Your Clay Pots!

Written by Hilary on April 5th, 2007

Depending on what kind of yard you have, sometimes it’s nice to make a perfectly new clay pot look old. Making your pots mossy really gives them an antique look, and gives a new dimension to your yard.

Here is what you do:

1. Collect mosses either from around your yard or a friends or neighbors
2. Finely chop the moss up
3. Allow the moss bits to dry up for a couple of days

Then mix together in a large bucket or bowl:

1 cup flour
2 cups buttermilk
2 packages active dry yeast
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1-1 1/2 cups dried, crumbles moss

Once the above is mixed together, put the bucket in full sun for three days.

When the mixture is good and smelly, brush it generously on the outsides of your clay pots. Then wrap the pots in plastic wrap and put them in the full sun.

In two weeks the pots will start to grow mold, and by eight weeks the pots will be nice and furry with moss, and looking very antique and old.

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3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, this is exactly what I was looking for.

  2. Anonymous says:

    this sounds great but when do you remove the plastic wrap?

  3. Hilary says:


    As soon as the moss has gotten established and is growing well.

    The plastic wrap is to just keep it moist because you don't want the moss to dry out while it is taking hold.


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