Home & Garden: Terra Cotta Mummies

by Lori on October 25, 2010

I’ve decided to launch a new section to this blog.  For now, I’m calling it Home and Garden.  It’s kind of got that ring of originality to it, don’t you think?  The name may change if something creeps into my mind at 3:30 in the morning.  It always happens that way.

Q: So what is it all about?

A: In addition to the considerable amount of time I spend cooking, I also do my own decorating and gardening.  I do most of it myself, and I often enlist the help of my husband.  I am no interior decorator or master gardener.  I just do what I can manage and what I think looks good.  It’s very subjective.  But I like to share, and I know I like to see what others are doing, so why not?  

Q: What’s planned for the Home and Garden section?

A: I’m so glad you asked.  On a weekly basis, I plan to feature indoor and outdoor projects that I am working on, rooms I’m redecorating, things I’m re-purposing, entertaining ideas, party planning…you name it.  Inspiration is all around us.  I love my home, and it is a reflection of me.  I’d like to share some of that with my readers.

So let’s start with a fun, manageable project just in time for Halloween.

Here is what you’ll need.  I also have a supplies list at the bottom of this post.

Paint each terra cotta pot with white paint.  You could also use spray paint, but I had the acrylic paint already.  My daughter and her friend were also involved, so I tried to make this project as kid-friendly as possible.

Using a hot glue gun, run a bead of glue around the base of one pot and adhere to the base of the other, same sized pot.

Then attach the wiggly eyes just below the rim of the pot.  After a couple of attempts, I resorted to using tweezers to attach the plastic eyes.  I recommend using a small amount of regular glue to attach the eyes.  The heat from the glue did not do well with the plastic eyes.  Besides you want to be able to adjust the eyes a bit.  As you can see, I had to remove one of the eyes and try again.  I touched up the area with white paint.

I bought 2 yards of the cheapest white cloth I could find.  You don’t need that much.  I would think 1 yard would be more than enough to make a set of 3 mummies.  You could even use an old sheet, if you have one you’re willing to sacrifice for this project.  Cut the fabric into 1-inch strips.  I was not careful about the way I cut the fabric, and I liked the inconsistencies in the width and jagged edges.

Take a strip of cut fabric and scrunch it up in your hands.  Roll it around like you’re making meatballs.  It will loosen the threads along the edges and give it a more worn look.

The hot glue gun was too much for the girls to contend with, so I applied the hot glue and they positioned the fabric.  Run a line of glue along the surface of the pot, attach the strip of fabric twisting and turning it as you go.  Make sure not to cover the eyes.


It was easier to lay the mummies on the counter and roll them around to attach the fabric.  I know I didn’t give you the best view of the eyes, but you want to leave them exposed by running the fabric around them tucking or twisting as you go.

Once you have the fabric on the pots, grab your Distress Ink and swipe it across the surface catching the edges and giving them a distressed look.  I used Distress Ink in the Tea Dye shade.  You could also use artist chalks, which I would probably do if I make these mummies again.  I prefer the shading control you have with chalks versus the ink pad. 

One down, 6 more to go.  I made a set of 3 for myself and let the girls each make the small and medium sized ones for themselves.  This is also a good view of the eyes.

I went a bit heavy on the Distress Ink and they are really picking up on the orange tones of the leaves, but I’m happy with the overall outcome.  Think less is more with the distressing.  You can fill the tops with candy and use them as a candy dish or just let them hang out with your other holiday decor.  These would also make a great teacher gift. 

Terra Cotta Mummies
Project seen on Blue Cricket Designs via Inspiring Creations
All supplies purchased from Michael’s

Supplies list for set of 3 mummies:
2 4-inch clay pots
2 3-inch clay pots
2 2-inch clay pots
White acrylic paint and disposable foam brush or spray paint
Wiggly eyes (10 mm sized for small and medium mummies, 12 mm for large mummy)
Approximately 1 yard of white cloth – I used muslin
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Distress Ink or artist chalks

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Katie @ Cheep Ideas October 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm

These are SO adorable!! I've added a link to these on my site today. Thanks for sharing! :)


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