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How to Fix a Crack in a Ceramic Flower Pot

Cracks are common in ceramic pots, especially when they’re exposed to freezing temperatures. The water in the potting soil can freeze and expand, causing the clay to crack and break. Larger ceramic flower pots can be expensive to replace. If your flower pot has simple cracks with no missing clay pieces, however, you can repair the pot easily using an epoxy glue that dries clear. You can even paint the pot afterward to help conceal any visible cracks.

Clean the cracked areas of the ceramic flower pot with water to remove any dirt. Allow the ceramic pot to dry.

Run a bead of epoxy glue along the crack in the ceramic pot, ensuring that the glue covers the entire crack. Repeat for any other cracks.

Smooth out any oozing or dripping glue from around the cracks on the sides and bottom of the ceramic pot with the edge of a small piece of cardboard.

Secure the ceramic pot with clamps to keep cracks held together snugly until the epoxy glue dries.

Fix Cracks In Terra Cotta Flowerpots

Wash the pot thoroughly in the sink with a mild detergent and warm water. If it does give, just separate the two sides slightly. This will clamp the pot to squeeze the crack together while the silicone cures. Clean the pot to remove dust and debris. Wetting the pot with a wet sponge or spray bottle may make it more visible. Drill a hole at the end of the crack using a 1/4-inch masonry bit. Make them approximately 1/2 inch away from the crack, and 1/2 inch away from the edges of the pot, and at about 1 to 2 inches away from each other. Sponge or spray the pot surface with water. Measure the distance between two holes that line up on opposite sides of the crack. Thread the wire from the inside through a hole to the outside, then let it go across the crack and thread it into the opposite hole so the end comes back to the inside of the pot. Wire each set of holes together and twist them.

Tip

Try to purchase a clear-drying epoxy glue that is premixed and requires no preparation before use. If you’re concerned about the glue drying and setting too fast, select an epoxy that is not a quick-dry variety.

Warning

Be careful when handling the epoxy glue to avoid getting it on your fingers, clothing or other surfaces.

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