DIY Terra Cotta Pot Sombreros

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Perhaps the most festive spring holiday falls on May 5th, you know – Cinco de Mayo! Today we’re making sombreros using small clay terra cotta pots, and of course I’m sharing this festive tutorial with you! Don’t forget to check out my Cinco de Mayo dessert tacos, too!

Terra Cotta Pot Clay Sombrero Hats! Learn how to make these EASY DIY terra cotta pot sombrero Cinco de Mayo crafts!


Aside from all the great food we’ll be making to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’re breaking out the paint and clay pots to make easy Cinco de Mayo sombrero candy holders.

Cinco de Mayo Crafts – Terra Cotta Sombreros

These clay pot sombrero hats are great for a number of uses. You can make small sombreros and use them for name place holders, filled with M&M’s® at your Cinco de Mayo party. These Mexican sombrero crafts are super fun and festive, you can also get larger terra cotta pots and use them as flower holders, other Mexican party decorations, or even as garden decorations.

Cinco de Mayo Terra Cotta Pot Sombrero Crafts

This terra cotta pot craft is really simple and quite inexpensive. All you’ll need is a terra cotta pot, a terra cotta saucer and your decorations; paint and other festive craft decorations. It’s your hat, put your own spin on it!

So, whattaya say – lets get to it!


What you’ll need:

  • Terra cotta clay pots
  • Terra cotta clay saucers
  • Food Grade Paint (I used red, green, and yellow)
  • Glue (I used contact cement)
  • M&M’s® candies
  • Other decorations – optional

Terra Cotta Clay Pot Sombrero Hats

I’m starting with four clay pots, four clay saucers, and three different color paints, red, yellow, and green. Those are the best three Mexican party colors, right? Sure! I think they’ll mix and match well, too.

Sombreros Made with Terra Cotta Pots

I’m spray painting each pot and saucer set one color. This will be our base color. One clay pot will be colored red, another green, the third yellow, and the fourth set, we’ll see. Spray on light coats of spray paint and apply a second or third coat if necessary. Alternatively, you can use acrylic paint and a brush if you wish.

We got a little crazy with one of the pots and saucers and sprayed all three colors on it. Actually, in hindsight I think we would have sprayed all three colors on them and called it a day – because I really liked the way it turned out!

Painted Sombrero Terra Cotta Pots

But, we didn’t spray multiple colors on all of them, so we’ll dress up this craft by applying complimentary color designs with paint using a foam brush. For the green pot, we’ll add red and yellow painted designs, for the red pot we’ll add yellow painted designs, and for the yellow pot we’ll add green and red painted designs. Get creative with this part, paint them however you wish!

We used foam brushes and painted the rims of the pots and saucers before adding some stipples, lines and dots.

Learn how to make terra cotta sombreros

Next, add a bead of contact cement or other glue to the rim of the pot, then flip it over and stick it to the center of the inside of the saucer.

Gluing Terra Cotta Pot to Make Sombrero

Use as many or as few decoration as you’d like for this craft, the possibilities are limitless! You can use anything and everything from paint, to pipe cleaners, glue and glitter – dress your sombrero crafts anyway you want. Get the kids involved and make it a party!

Sombreros Terra Cotta Clay Pots

For us, we just used paint for decoration. However, we’re filling our sombrero hat brims M&M’s® candies! These give the clay pot a fun, festive and tasty decoration that everyone will love!

M&M's® Chili Nut Candies in Terra Cotta Sombreros

This really is a fun Cinco de Mayo craft project that even the kids can get involved with. You may remember the M&M’s Flavor Vote and I loved the Chili Nut M&M’s, but ultimately, the Coffee Nut variety won!

M&M's Chili Nut, Honey Nut and Coffee Nut Candy

Try this easy 5th of May project…it’ll add a little spice to your party!

Cinco de Mayo Terra Cotta Pot Sombrero Crafts

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