Fun Crafts For Families: Making Creative Planters With Kids

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
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Once you get your kids hooked on gardening, they’ll be addicted for life. What better way to promote this rewarding activity than easy flowerpot crafts? DIY flowerpots are simple and inexpensive. They often use materials you already have around the house or provide a useful way to upcycle things that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Read on to learn about easy flower pot crafts to try.

Fun Crafts for Families: Making Creative Planters with Kids

Here are a few ideas to pique your creativity:

  • Keeping things neat: Making DIY flowerpots can be messy, so begin by covering the table with a plastic tablecloth or large trash bag. Save a few of Dad’s old shirts to protect clothing from paint or glue.
  • Toy truck planters: If your kids no longer play with toy trucks, just fill the truck with potting soil to create an instant flowerpot. If you don’t have pots, you can usually find inexpensive plastic trucks at your local toy store.
  • Colorful tissue paper pots: Let your kids tear colored tissue paper into small pieces until they have a good-sized pile. Use an inexpensive paintbrush to cover a pot with white glue, then stick the tissue paper pieces onto the pot while the glue is still wet. Continue until the entire pot is covered, then seal the pot with spray-on sealer or a thin layer of white glue. (Don’t worry about perfection with these DIY flower pots!).
  • Thumbprint planters: When it comes to fun crafts for families, thumbprint pots are at the top of the list. Squeeze a few small blobs of bright acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Help your kids press their thumbs into their favorite color, then onto a clean terracotta pot. Older kids may want to use a small paintbrush or marker to turn thumbprints into flowers, bumblebees, ladybugs, or butterflies.
  • Splatter flowerpots: Spray terra cotta pots with spray-on primer or other sealant. When the sealant is dry, pour a small amount of colorful acrylic paint into paper cups. Show your child how to load a brush with paint, then splatter the paint onto the pot. Let the pot dry for a couple of minutes, then hold the pot over a bucket or protected work surface. Spritz the pot lightly with water until the paint begins to run, creating a unique, marbled effect. (This is a good outdoor project).
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