Get the Look; Ageing Pottery


It’s not often we want to speed up the ageing process, however beautifully aged pottery is so charming indoors or out. They look sun-kissed, mossy, weathered and rustic and no two aged pots look exactly the same. We can’t get enough of them. No… we mean literally. We can’t get enough of them because they are so damn expensive buy new! We’re talking around $90 for just a really small (chemically) aged terra cotta pot.

However, one of our landscaping friends gave us an insider tip that is just gold – using yogurt to give a pot an aged look. Who would have thought?!


  • You’ll need a porous clay, terra cotta or concrete pot (it won’t work on plastic or shiny glazed finishes)
  • Foam brush
  • A cup of plan yogurt


Soak the pot in water for about 20 minutes and then brush on the yogurt unevenly. Soaking first gives you a better finish as the yogurt gets drawn in deeper within the pots surface. Then you leave if for a minimum of four weeks in a cool and damp spot outside (it gets too icky for inside). If you leave it a bit longer, say for around eight weeks, then the effect will be more dramatic and will form a green patina. You can plant in it from the four week mark.

As time goes on, the pot will become even more aged looking as it gets weathered and spots of different textures will appear over time.

Take a look at some of our photos of pots with aged affects applied.

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