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Pretty Painted Flowerpots

An easy craft for budding artists of all ages

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Here’s a fun project for your kids to create, with a lesson in patience built right in: Let painted pots dry overnight, then plant some seeds and watch them bloom.
What You’ll Need
  • Dot stickers
  • Small terra-cotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper baking cups
  • Seed-starting medium
  • Seeds
What to Do
To make polka-dot pots:
  1. Firmly press some dot stickers on a pot.
  2. Cover the entire pot with acrylic paint. Allow it to dry overnight.
  3. Remove the stickers to reveal your polka-dot pattern.
To make decoupage pots:
  1. Cover a pot with acrylic paint. Allow it to dry overnight.
  2. Mix together equal amounts of white glue and water.
  3. Cut paper baking cups into small pieces.
  4. Put white glue on the pieces and attach them to the pot.
  5. Use a clean paintbrush to coat the pot with the watered-down glue. Let it dry completely.

To plant seeds: Fill flowerpots with seed-starting medium. Press seeds into soil, water lightly, and set in a sunny window until they germinate. Bring the pots outside as the plants grow stronger.

Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Instead of dots, press alphabet stickers on a pot. Spell out your kid's name, your family’s last name, or the name of a flower (marigold, alyssum, begonia) or herb (parsley, dill, chives, basil). Shop for seeds that begin with the same letter as your first name: Peter plants parsley, Rishi plants radishes, Luis plants lettuce. Spell out the name of your cat and plant catnip.

For older kids: For a fancier decoupage pot, cut pictures from magazines. Glue to the painted pot as above; coat with the glue-water mix. Plant basil or parsley in a decorated pot and give it to a favorite relative or teacher at the end of the school year. It’s a gift they’ll appreciate!

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