Parental supervision is recommended
Put a spring in someone's step by presenting them with a colorful Fabric Pot. Recycle your old clay pots and help your kids transform them into bright, summery new ones.
What you'll need:
- 1 Clay pot (any size will do)
- Matching spray paint and fabric (floral looks good)
- Modge Podge
- Gesso (available at Michael's Craft Store and most art supply stores)
- Thinner side of brown paper bag
- Fine black felt-tip pen
How to make it:
- Paint the pots thoroughly with Gesso. Wait about 1 to 1 1/2 hours for it to dry.
- Take your spray paint and carefully spray entire inside and to just below the lip on the outside. Do not spray heavily. Spray with downward strokes. Don't drip.
- Now to make the pattern for your fabric on the brown paper bag... Mark a little mark on the upper edge of your pot. Place the pot on it's side on the bag. Now start turning the pot, all the way tracing against the upper edge with a pencil. Line up the top of the pot with the line just drawn in it's starting position, and mark another line on the bottom edge. Again turn the pot, tracing with a pencil, until you have gone around once and have come back around to the mark. Join the two lines to form a rainbow shape, and cut out the pattern.
- With a fine black pen, trace around the pattern on fabric, making sure your design on the fabric points upward. If you turn the pattern to look like a rainbow, the upper side is the top for these pots. Cut the fabric piece out with scissors.
- Layer a hard surface with 2-3 layers of newspaper.
- Here's where it gets very tricky. With the Modge Podge, little by little, bit by bit, glue the fabric onto the pot.
- There should be (when you finish
Modge Podge) material sticking up off the bottom. Cut that into
maybe 1 inch pieces (don't cut the fabric off the bottom).
One by one, (being careful not to get any wrinkles) glue the fringe into place. You may have to cut out the hole at the bottom with scissors when it dries.
- Admire your fantastic work!