Whether the kids will be planting some Spring flowers for Easter or Mother’s Day, mini clay or terra cotta pots are perfect to decorate and dress up for the occasion. Perhaps the children are decorating their pots for another craft project. There are many simple ways for them to decorate clay pots whether it’s for a craft idea or for planting flowers.
Start off with the mini unglazed clay pots. You can find them at Dollar Tree stores in St. Louis for $1 a piece or buy them in bulk. Before they begin decide what kind of craft decorations the kids will be using to decorate their pot.
For some craft project ideas the kids may want to start out by painting the pot a solid color before adding their personal touch.
Painting the flower pot a base color;
- Start out with a clean mini unglazed pot
- So put down plenty of newspapers to protect the surface they will be painting on.
- Place the cups upside down on the newspaper
- Using poster paint or an acrylic paint and paint brushes, paint the entire pot a solid color of choice.
- Let dry thoroughly before decorating.
Ideas for decorating the pot;
- Making paint designs with shaped sponges. The sponges can be in the shape of flowers, animals, geometric shapes or use textured sponges to paint the pot.
- Paint designs on the mini pots using stencils, poster paint and paint brushes.
- You’ve seen the mosaic tiles used in many projects. For the kids they can get a similar look for their pot by using tissue paper cut into shapes and glued onto the pot using mod podge and then applying a coat of mod podge over the top. At first it will be a milky white but will dry clear.
- Instead of tissue paper cut out pictures from magazines or perhaps you could print out a photo and mod podge it to the pot and then applying a coat of mod podge over the top.
- Glue on buttons, sea shells, beads, flat marbles or even beans to the pot using craft or tacky glue.
- Decorate with material using mod podge to hold and applying a coat over the material. You can also glue a ribbon around the pot and tie into a bow.
A note : If your clay pot craft project will be sitting outdoors have an adult finish by applying a clear outdoor sealer. An outdoor mod podge is also recommended for outdoor projects.
The kids can learn more about clay pottery by enrolling in one of the summer classes that Krueger pottery in St. Louis, Mo offers. There is no experience needed and everything is included.