Hello Design Dazzle fans! I’m Jen from Bakerette.com where I share daily recipes, gardening tidbits, and a smattering of fun crafts. Thank you, Toni, for having me share a fun craft with you today that I think the whole family will love and that will make a fun summer-time craft with kids. If you’re looking to share memories, have a bonding moment, and make a fun craft, too, then this flower-pot craft is for you!
Make your own crafty flower pot with family pictures…OR…just to decorate and have fun. As a mom, I loved having my kids’ pictures on the flower pot. It’s something I can walk by in the house and look at and reminisce on some fun times. However, the kids loved smattering on as many doo-dads as they could, which also turned out so cute. Some got pretty darn creative. They had fun. And it was a great bonding moment, too!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Terra cotta flower pot (any size of choice)
- Acrylic paints (colors of choice)
- Modge podge (matte or shiny)
- 2 foam brushes (size is dependent on size of your pot. A small pot will require a smaller foam brush. A large pot, a larger one.)
- Small family pictures printed out on paper
- Embellishments of any kind
- Paper plates
Paint Your Pot:
Place your flower pot on a paper plate to get ready to paint. I turned mine upside down to paint, but having it right-side up is fine, too. Paint the outside of your pot with your choice of acrylic paint using a foam brush. Dip the foam brush in the paint and stroke it around the pot and not up and down. I painted the lip of the pot one color and the base another, but you can do whatever your heart desires. Apply at least 2-3 coats of paint allowing 15 mins in between to dry.
Add Embellishments and Decorate:
While your pot is drying, work on cutting out your embellishments. I wanted my pictures to be in the shapes of flowers, so I started by taking my pictures and cutting them into circles to make the center of the flower. I made a petal template and traced the desired number of petals I wanted to attach to my pictures. You can do this in any color of paper of your choice. Cut out your pictures and using Modge Podge, paste the petals to the back of the picture in a round. This will create a nice flower. When done, cover the whole back of the petals and picture and adhere anywhere on the pot you’d like.
If you prefer not to use pictures, then take any embellishments you’d like and creatively place them on your pot. Here are a few of the pots some of the kids made without pictures. One made a flying kite. Another took torn pieces of colored paper and wallpapered the pot. Another made it look like a garden with a fence, grass, and butterflies. Another child made a pot for her mom and put “Mom” on it. There are so many endless things you can do to decorate your pots.
Seal With Modge Podge:
Once you’ve painted and added the embellishments, then take a sponge brush and apply Modge Podge to the whole pot to seal. I would do two coats allowing it to dry in between. Do this by dipping your brush in Modge Podge and with a generous amount, paint it on the pot in the round and not up and down. If you use a shiny Modge Podge, it is even more important that you Modge Podge it in the same direction because your brush marks will be more prominent. Allow to dry an hour or more.
Pot a Plant:
Add a potted plant, or plant a seed and keep it watered, and watch your plant grow through the summer! So darn cute!
Thank you, Toni, for letting me share some summer fun! I’d love it if you stopped by Bakerette.com to say hello! You can also find me on the Web at Pinterest, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and Instagram.
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