IOD Classic Pots Transfer: A Collection of Petite Project Ideas

Wondering what you can make with the IOD Classic Pots transfer? Well, wonder no more because we’ve collected all the ideas for this vintage rub on transfer. (Well, maybe not ALL – you still have to show us what you make!)

What’s the Classic Pots Decor Transfer and How Can I Get One?

Made up of 16 delicately detailed French and old English inspired designs, this decor transfer is a favorite among handmade gift makers and thrift store upcyclers. With each design measuring approximately 3.5 inches, this IOD transfer will instantly transform your DIY home decor projects into petit objets d’art. (That’s a fancy way of saying pocket-sized bits of DIY beauty – and you know how we LOVE fancy!)

As you’ll see, one transfer can be cut to create multiple projects. Or it can be combined on a single project in any way your creativity takes you.

To get the Classic Pots transfer, find an IOD stockist near you by clicking here.

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The Perfect Beginner Project: Restyle Old Coasters with the Classic Pots Transfer

Check out these beautiful French country coasters made by Janet Metzger of The Empty Nest in Warrenton, VA.

Upcycled coasters with IOD transfers

She used old coasters she had lying around the house that no longer matched her decor. Watch her short video below to see how easy it was to transform them.

What other projects can I make with this vintage decor transfer?

When used on furniture, this design instantly transports you to a French country cottage.

French country cottage DIY chair makeover with Iron Orchid Designs rub on furniture decals
Chair created by Sandra from My Shabby Corner of Magic Tools in Italy
Painted wooden high chair decorated with IOD classic pots transfer
Vintage high chair by Gina Andaas‎ of the Vintage Charm Homestead in Libertyville, IL

In the two minute video below, watch a “before and after transformation” where Peggy of Gardenhouse Studio in East Corinth, VT applies paint and the Classic Pots transfer to old wooden storage cubbies.

Here is the little video for the IOD Classic Pots Relay Challenge!

Posted by Gardenhouse Studio on Friday, June 19, 2020

Create Your Own English Garden

This transfer is perfect for dressing up all your outdoor spaces such as a front porch, patio or balcony — just make sure to use a high quality, water-based sealer designed for outdoor use.

terra cotta pots with rub on decal
Add some style to simple terra cotta pots like Tunde Todor Nits did of Rouge Boutique Decor in Romania
how to make new flower pots look old with rub on transfers
A little paint and distressing turn simple flower pots in to aged beauties, created by Stephanie of  Me & Mrs. Jones in Memphis, TN
IOD classic pots transfer on flower planter
Cut and rub on the transfer to compliment the shape of the pot like Courtney from Courtney’s Gifts and Furniture Painting in Batavia, IL

DIY Wall and Outdoor Decor

DIY rustic wall art ideas
Using leftover scraps from several IOD transfers with Classic Pots layered on top, Valerie at Bluebird Mercantile in Winter Garden, FL makes a statement with this wall hanging
DIY neutral wall art in French shabby chic style
Neutral DIY wall art like this one made by Lisa of Sweet and Sassy Treasures in Shelby Township, MI goes with a variety of decor styles
DIY country door wreath
Valerie of Bluebird Mercantile in Winter Garden, FL made this festive front door decoration to celebrate the 4th of July; Simply change the ribbon and her idea can be customized to celebrate any holiday
DIY victorian style sign with rub on transfer and IOD craft stamps
Dianne of Two Girls Treasure in Florence, SC made this outdoor sign with pieces of the Classic Pots transfer and beautifully framed it with the Painterly Rose stamp

Handmade Gift Tags with the Classic Pots Transfer

Easy handmade gift tags

In the video below, you can watch the genius way that Mara of Vintage Retail Therapy in Fallwood, CA makes the handmade paper tags you see above (hint: they are wax dipped!).

Who’s Ready for Therapy ?? Join Mara LaFay as we make some handmade gifts with stamps , transfers and some scrap papers and candle wax!!

Posted by IOD – Iron Orchid Designs on Thursday, June 25, 2020

DIY Home Accessories with Transfer Embellished Accent Pieces

Thrift store finds, road side junk, and Dollar Store home accessories can be a perfect canvas for the Classic Pots transfer.

Upcycled thrift store suitcase idea for DIY makeover
Old suitcase made over with style by Linda at Seaporium in Cape Cod, MA; Check out this step-by-step video to see how she applied the transfers
painted metal watercan
DIY French country farmhouse is easy to do as on a painted metal watering can as shown by Sam of Raggedy Bits in Australia
decorated shaker boxes
Michelle at Serendipity House, in Southern NH put new life into a bunch of shaker style boxes she rescued at an auction
DIY tall planter in shabby chic style
Lori at Sawdust Dreams, LLC in Gainesville, FL made these adorable planters using Dollar Store buckets and old bed spindles; She finished them by cutting a little round base from scrap wood
ceramic crockery makeover into french farmhouse antiques with iod transfer
Ceramic crockery found at a thrift store is made to look like French farmhouse antiques by Crissy of Bird’s Nest Gifts + Antiques in Bryan, TX
ideas for firewood box
 Old-world charm can easily be added to any piece as shown by Sarah at Redeemed Decor in Flushing, MI on this painted firewood box
easy DIY home decor with furniture transfers on pitcher
Pitcher embellished by Christine of Atelier Vintage Vert in France
enamelware makeover with french rub on labels
IOD transfers are an easy way to add some style to plain white enamelware like Mara did of Retail Vintage Therapy of Fallwood, CA

From Trash to Treasure: Easy Upcycle Projects

upcycled glass salsa jar
Upcycled glass salsa jar made by Linda of Seaporium in Cape Cod, MA
upcycled wooden cutting board into DIY wall hanging using craft molds and decals
Don’t toss that beat up old cutting board! Turn it into a gorgeous wall hanging by using IOD craft moulds and transfers like Sandra from My Shabby Corner of Magic Tools  in Italy
rub on transfer on thrift store cutting board
Even without the decorative mould castings. an old cutting board can make statement with a little paint and piece of rub on transfer; Love the classic look of this one made by Gina at Vintage Charm Homestead in Libertyville, IL
upcycled kombucha bottle ideas
Vonda from The Painted Heirloom in Crestview, FL upcycled Kombucha bottles with the IOD Classic Pots transfer

Have we inspired you to try the Classic Pots transfer on your next DIY home decor project?

If you love the Classic Pots transfer, definitely check out the project ideas using the Label Ephemera Transfer and the Crockery Stamp.

If you’re new to using IOD transfers, check out this post first. It teaches you everything you need to now about how to prepare your project surface, rub on the transfer, and seal it.

Have you made a project with the Classic Pots transfer? Be sure to share it on social media and tag us. We’d love to see!

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  1. Anonymous on September 6, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Hi guys.
    Where can I purchase your transfers in NSW, Australia.
    I’m located at Long Jetty 2261.
    I need an online supplier of the small pot transfers.

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on September 13, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Use the retailer locator here: to find the closest one. I typed in New South Wales and got a few choices. Each listing will say whether they are a physical location, online location or both. Let us know if you need further help tracking down your stockist!!

      • Anonymous on May 7, 2023 at 12:54 pm

        HI MY first time watching you and you kept my interest. I’m from Maryland and enjoyed your show, hope to find you again happened to be on Pinterest and saw a project with handle pots on wood pedtastools and lovely decals you are wonderful. Theresa

        • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on May 8, 2023 at 12:00 pm

          Hi Theresa! Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re so glad that you enjoyed🥰 Our transfers are so much fun to work with! We hope you give them a try sometime😊❤️

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