What to do with all of this broken terra cotta ?

SmokyMist(7 East TN)April 14, 2012

I have been collecting this for years, as I am a sedum collector and they love terra cotta best. I also had a local nursery save me their terra cotta and she recently ( no kidding ) gave me a huge garbage can full of broken bits of terra cotta.

So I have, probably two huge garbage cans full of pieces, small to medium.

I have no idea what to do with them. I love making bits of art for the garden.

Any ideas ?

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edwena16

Maybe mosaic, like stepping stones?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 5:13PM
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cnm1(6 Oh)

How about doing a section of path? Or an isolated round area as a terra cotta rug underneath some pots. You could have fun smashing all into small pieces.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 6:01PM
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Marlene Kindred

I was going to say stepping stones or a path as well.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 1:09PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

How large are the pieces? Can you put them together and make franken-pots? I'm not sure how since terra cotta is so porous, you would have to soak them first if you tried a cement based product. I have an image in my mind, lol, i might have to try it with my broken pots.
Have fun,
Kathy

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 6:57AM
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SmokyMist(7 East TN)

Well I have everything from very small pieces to a few baskets of pots that are just cracked from winter weather and havn't 'officially' fallen apart yet. What are franken pots ?

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 11:25AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Its like frankenstein. In this case, putting parts of different pots together to make a new whole.
Kathy

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 9:38PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Its like frankenstein. In this case, putting parts of different pots together to make a new whole.
Kathy

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 9:40PM
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jeannespines

I use broken pottery pcs for 'mulch' in my gardens...I like the color & texture ...probably not good if you go barefoot or something...but looks good, I think among my Hostas, Coral Bells...sometimes it's hidden. Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 10:11PM
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sunnyca_gw

I pass a house that has a large broken pot on it's side by the street that always has petunias tumbling out of it. I always smile when I go by, it looks so natural & great way to save half a pot! Might have several broken pots planted with path leading to your "ancient shard ruins" or "secret garden from long ago" Probably would need a broken statue, cement hand & arm(I saw 1 on here not long ago made with concrete in a rubber glove(like you use washing dishes) but you would go up the arm with the cement. (They had turned the glove over so it was a lovely hand) Could call it mystery garden having to do with all things old. I better quit, been a long day!! LOL Jan

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 10:13PM
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pixie_lou

I saw someone took an old christmas light up reindeer, removed the lights and antlers, and then filled it with small rocks for their garden. Maybe you could fill an old reindeer with broken terra cotta?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 10:22PM
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desiret

If the cracked ones are not that bad drill a hole in one side near the edge/rim. Paint it or leave it natural. Turn it upside down and place in a nice garen area. VIOLA..a toad abode.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 9:30PM
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