Fun Crafts For Families: Making Creative Planters With Kids

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Once you get your kids hooked on gardening, they’ll be addicted for life. They often use materials you already have around the house or provide a useful way to upcycle things that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Read on to learn about easy flower pot crafts to try.

Fun Crafts for Families: Making Creative Planters with Kids

Here are a few ideas to pique your creativity:

  • Keeping things neat: Making DIY flowerpots can be messy, so begin by covering the table with a plastic tablecloth or large trash bag. Save a few of Dad’s old shirts to protect clothing from paint or glue.
  • Toy truck planters: If your kids no longer play with toy trucks, just fill the truck with potting soil to create an instant flowerpot. If you don’t have pots, you can usually find inexpensive plastic trucks at your local toy store.
  • Colorful tissue paper pots: Let your kids tear colored tissue paper into small pieces until they have a good-sized pile. Use an inexpensive paintbrush to cover a pot with white glue, then stick the tissue paper pieces onto the pot while the glue is still wet. Continue until the entire pot is covered, then seal the pot with spray-on sealer or a thin layer of white glue. (Don’t worry about perfection with these DIY flower pots!).
  • Thumbprint planters: When it comes to fun crafts for families, thumbprint pots are at the top of the list. Squeeze a few small blobs of bright acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Help your kids press their thumbs into their favorite color, then onto a clean terracotta pot. Older kids may want to use a small paintbrush or marker to turn thumbprints into flowers, bumblebees, ladybugs, or butterflies.
  • Splatter flowerpots: Spray terra cotta pots with spray-on primer or other sealant. When the sealant is dry, pour a small amount of colorful acrylic paint into paper cups. Show your child how to load a brush with paint, then splatter the paint onto the pot. Let the pot dry for a couple of minutes, then hold the pot over a bucket or protected work surface. Spritz the pot lightly with water until the paint begins to run, creating a unique, marbled effect. (This is a good outdoor project).

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Fab for Friends, Great as Gifts

Chances are that once your friends and family lay eyes on these, they’ll all be asking you to whip up a few for their own gardens. Luckily, DIY Flowerpot Men are not only easy to make, but extremely affordable thanks to a pretty basic list of supplies!


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Clay flower pot crafts for your garden

You can’t meet your prince without kissing a frog, they say. Make your own Frog Prince and give him your heart. You need 1 clay bowl (17 cm in diameter), 2 styrofoam balls (5 mm, 6 mm in diameter), foam rubber sheets in yellow, light and dark green, acrylic paint, mounting adhesive, paint brush and cutter.

1. Cut the small styrofoam ball in half and glue each piece using the mounting adhesive on the clay bowl for eyes.

2. Now prime and paint the clay frog. Draw the eyes and a big smile.

3. Cut the feet from the foam rubber sheet. Pay attention to their structure – a piece of light and another one of dark green foam. Make the gold crown from the yellow sponge rubber and decorate.

4. Paint the bigger styrofoam ball in gold.

Clay flower pot crafts – Make pot-people and pot-animals

Pot people can be made in a variety of designs and configurations. Use different sizes of used and broken pots, acrylic craft paint, a small paint brush, larger craft brushes and a clear spray-on polyurethane finish to seal the paint. The clay pots are held together using nylon rope or wire. Hold the pieces firmly together by tying a knot at each end. Put an interesting plant in the pot that serves as head to resemble hair. Decorate your friend with clothing, gloves and hats.

Have a look at all these great ideas for clay flower pot crafts and choose your personal favorite! Consider what you can use for the project – raffia for hair, wooden craft balls for hands, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers and much more! And most importantly – have fun!

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