Pretty Painted Flower Pot
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 5 and up
Give mom a gift that keeps on blooming with this pretty painted flower pot Mother’s Day craft. Perfect for Mother’s Day or spring, kids will love painting and creating this special pot.
What you'll need:
- Coffee can
- Screwdriver and hammer
- Liquitex Basics Gesso
- Light pink acrylic paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Pink gingham fabric or paper
- Flower sticker with leaves
- Sheer white ribbon
- White craft glue (Tacky Glue)
- Black Sharpie or craft pen
- Acrylic sealer spray, matte finish
- Rocks or pebbles, enough to line bottom of can
- Potting soil
- Potted flower plant
How to make it:
- Remove label from coffee can and wash it inside and out. Allow it to dry completely. Sand any rough edges around opening of can if necessary.
- Parent should poke drain holes by using a hammer to tap the end of a screwdriver into the bottom of the can.
- Paint outside of coffee can with one coat of Liquitex Basics Gesso. Allow to dry.
- Paint the can with light pink acrylic paint. Apply a second coat if needed. Let dry.
- This step is completely optional and can simply be eliminated for smaller children. Put a small amount (about the size of a dime) of black paint on a paper plate. Add a couple of drops of water to the paint to thin it out a little. Using an old toothbrush, pick up some black paint. Before applying this method to the can, test it on a piece of newspaper. Flick the bristles of the toothbrush by dragging your finger or thumb across them. This causes the paint to spray off the brush onto your “target,” in this case, the newspaper. Once you are happy with the result, flick the paint all over the pink outer coat on the can.
- Trim the fabric or colored paper to fit the upper and lower rims of the coffee can. Glue around the upper and lower edge of the can.
- Ensure that the paint has had adequate time to dry, at least two hours, before doing this step. Using a black Sharpie or craft pen, write the phrase “Motherhood is like fresh flowers that are always in bloom” on the front of the can. Or, you can create your own phrase.
- Decorate can with flower and leaf stickers.
- Tie white sheer ribbon around the upper edge of the can, just below the decorative gingham border. Tie into a bow, trim off excess ribbon, and tack in place with a little glue.
- Spray outside of can with acrylic sealer. Be careful not to spray too much on at once as this can cause drips as well as make the marker run. Allow sealer to dry completely.
- Place a single layer of pebbles or rocks to the bottom of the can.
- Add enough potting soil to fill one-third of the can.
- Transplant potted flower plant into the can, adding in extra potting soil to fill in the gaps and make plant fit snugly.
- Place potted flower on a plate and water.
- This project can be simplified for smaller children by eliminating the flicking step and having a parent write the words on for them.
- Flower and leaf stickers can be found at any craft or discount department store in a wide variety of colors and patterns thanks to the growing scrapbook market.
- If you are worried about getting the outside of your project dirty during the planting process, cover the entire can in aluminum foil.