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Candy dish made with bee theme and terra cotta pot image.

Tutorial DIY Candy Dish from a Flower Pot

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Step by step instructions to make a bee themed terra cotta candy dish or jar - complete with a lid. A fun bee craft for folks of all ages.
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  • 1 table or sturdy work space



  • Paint the Base Coat
    Using a color of your choice ( I used Lemongrass Spray Paint), coat the inside and outside of the clay pot well.
    Let dry and apply a second coat. Spray paint is easier – you don’t have to paint the inside of the pot but it makes for a nicer finished project.
    Pay special attention to painting the bottom of the pot as this will be visible when you are done.
    Yellow base coat of paint on clay pot candy jar base image.
  • Paint the Small Saucer
    Using the same paint (or different color if desired) paint the entire surface of the saucer – inside and out. I like to spray on 2 coats with a bit of drying time in between.
    Small clay saucer and can of paint image.
  • Prepare the wooden ball
    If the wooden ball you are using has a hole through it (a bead), you may use some wood filler to fill up the hole – but you don’t have to.
    If you do, let the filler dry and sand off the excess. You may have to repeat this twice if you want a completely invisible patch – mine shows a bit. Paint the wooden ball well in the color of your choice.
    Small wooden ball with filler in the hole image.
  • Glue Ball on Jar Lid
    The small saucer will become the lid of our terra cotta candy dish.
    Turn it upside down and using your clear glue – attach the ball to what would normally be the bottom of the saucer. Let dry for several hours.
    Wooden ball glued on top of bee clay pot candy jar image.
  • Decorate the Clay Pot Base
    The base coat is dry. Now is the time to decorate the clay pot as you wish. Remember, the finished product will be upside down (compared to normal flower pot use).
    Don’t overthink this process – just do what looks nice to you. If you are a great artist, that’s fantastic but you don’t have to be.
    Drawing bee shapes on base of flower pot candy jar image.
  • Decorate the lid
    The little saucer with ball is our top and it should fit nicely on the rim of your glass vase. Use paint markers or brush on paint to add any desired designs to your top.
    Bee designs decorated on candy jar lid image.
  • Spray the terra cotta with sealer
    Once your designs have dried, spray the outside (or visible) parts of the terra cotta pieces with matte acrylic sealer. A light coat is fine as this craft will be used inside-don’t spray to heavily. Let dry.
    Acrylic spray being applied to candy jar base image.
  • Attach Glass Ball to Base
    With the clay pot upside down, use clear glue to attach the bottom of the glass base to the terra cotta pot base. This will need to dry for several hours.
    Clear glass bowl glued to clay pot image.
  • Assemble and Enjoy
    Once all the glue has dried. It’s time to fill your glass bowl with your favorite candy and top it off with your saucer lid. Now doesn’t that look great!
    Honey bee candy jar made with a clay flower pot image.
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