Easy Homemade and Kid Friendly DIY Gifts

 Mommy’s Favorite Flower Pot

Crafting Time: 3 to 5 hours

Skill Level: No experience necessary – kid-friendly

Suggested Supplies and Tools:

  • Ceramo red clay flower pot
  • Gesso spray paint
  • Non-toxic poster paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Spray fixative
  • Potting soil and plant of your choice
  1. Wipe the pot clean to remove any dirt or  dust.
  2. Spray the pot evenly with the gesso spray paint – several light coats is better than one heavy one. Don’t paint the inside of the pot if you’ll be adding a plant.
  3. Allow paint to fully dry – approximately 3 to 4 hours, but overnight is fine.
  4. Use the poster paint and brush to paint the rim and tray if you’ve got one; allow them to dry to the touch (amount of time depends on the thickness of the paint – several minutes to several hours).
  5. Decorate the body of the pot with poster paints (see suggestions for decorating below).
  6. Allow pot to fully dry (overnight is great).
  7. Spray the outside of the pot with a coat of fixative (use it in a well-ventilated area)
  8. Fill the pot with a potting soil mix and transplant your favorite herbs or flowers into the pot.

Decorating Tips

  • Kids love helping, but if you’re using spray paint it’s best to have them watch. Same goes for hot glue guns.
  • Always use paint in a well-ventilated area.
  • Let the kids get creative. Sure, you may not have thought to glue macaroni to the pot before painting, but let them go nuts. It’s OK if it’s not perfect or a work of art, it’s about the experience and the love behind the gift, not coloring in the lines!
  • Make the rim special – paint a fun pattern or glue on ribbon.
  • Make it personal  Make sure your paint is non-toxic and the let the kids dip a hand, thumb, or foot into the paint and put prints onto the pot. Or make homemade stamps from kitchen sponges or potatoes and let them stamp a border around the pot.

What aunt, grandma or mom wouldn’t love a sweet flowerpot made with love?!  You could plant something colorful and fun or fill it with her favorite candies and a plastic scoop (place the candies if their unwrapped in cellophane first). Tie it with a ribbon an watch mom open it with pride.

What will you create?

You can find more ideas, project guides and supplies at www.joann.com.

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