Guest Post: Cool TerraCotta End Table

Greetings One House One Couple readers! My name is Sheila and I blog over at Beyond the Cookie Cutter. Thanks Lisha and Kyle for the invitation to come over and visit. I’m so excited to “meet” you all and thrilled to share this project. I just know we’ll be good friends 🙂

I got a little adventurous this past weekend.

I’ve had an idea in my head for a while to make an end table out of terracotta pots. They’re cheap, solid, and readily available. I wasn’t sure how it would work, but in my imagination it turned out great. That counts, right?

A half off sale at Hobby Lobby said the time had come to turn the dream into a reality. First, this happened:

But I persevered. Bravely or stupidly, you decide.

Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 4 clay pots
  2. -3, 6″ standard
  3. -1, 8″ standard
  4. 1 clay saucer, 12″ standard
  5. Paint and paint brush
  6. Yarn or rope
  7. -4 pieces,70″ long
  8. -1 piece long enough to wrap around the base as many times as desired
  9. Power drill
  10. Masonry Bit, a 3/8 bit worked with my size pots and yarn
  11. Hot glue gun and sticks


You’ll want to do the drilling outside. There will be a LOT of dust. Mark 4 holes equal distance apart around the saucer and on one smaller pot. For the saucer, it was every 8.5 inches just below the trim. For the pot, it was every 5 inches around the trim. Try not to get too close to either edge. VERY slowly, drill the holes. If you press too hard or try to go too fast it will break. And scare you. If you have safety goggles you might want to wear them. I don’t, so I rocked free purple sunglasses instead.

Once the holes are drilled, wipe down your pots to prepare them for painting. I lucked out and found a perfect, bright white house paint sample (Valspar Soft Silk) on clearance for $1.

Next, take one of four 70″ pieces of yarn/rope and fold it in half. I would have used rope but accidentally didn’t buy enough of the white rope in the “You Will Need” picture. Plan B was the thick green yarn pictured below. I like the pop of color but still recommend rope since it would be much stronger and less stretchy.

Feed the centered loop of rope through one hole in the saucer. Pull the free ends through the loop around the saucer’s edge and tighten. Repeat for the next 3 pieces of rope and holes. You’ll be building the table upside down. That means the table top (the top of the saucer) should be against the ground. This next part is easy to do, but hard to explain. Line up the holes on the 6″ pot with the holes on the saucer. Each knot of rope in the saucer has 2 ends (because it was folded in half). Join the closer ends of opposite knots and feed them through the hole on the pot midway between the knots . Once the pair is fed through it’s matching center hole, feed the yarn ends through the drain hole at the bottom of the pot. Hopefully the pictures will make it a little easier to understand.

Realize the sun is going down and you should probably go inside before the bugs come out. Southern living, y’all. Stack the other smaller pots in alternate directions feeding all pieces of rope through each drain hole at one time. Save the 8″ one for last. Tie multiple knots in the end of the rope after the all pots are stacked.

The last detail is to hot glue rope as a trim along the bottom of the last pot. I didn’t glue any yarn underneath because it would make the table slide too easily.

You’ll need help to turn it right side up. Or at least I did. Mine was still a bit wobbly because of the stretch in the yarn. Once it was on it’s base it felt much more secure. And it looked pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.

I was worried it might not be very stable, especially with the yarn, but then I accidentally ran into it pretty hard and it held it’s ground. The saucer wobbled but that’s about it. It’s the finishing touch of a reading nook in front of the living room window. Perfect for a book and a cup of coffee.

Have you ever tried to drill through terracotta before? Any tips and tricks? I’d love to know.


P.S. Thanks again Kyle and Lisha! And thanks to my friend Margaret for helping with the pictures 🙂

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4 Responses to 'Guest Post: Cool TerraCotta End Table'

  1. Julia Shanon says:

    TerraCotta End Table that maybe suitable for eating PannaCotta.. >.<
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  2. Miko Matis says:

    Add more weight at the bottom to make it more stable. It looks like its going to fall easily.
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