B has been excited to do this craft all week. I probably shouldn't mention my project plans to her until the day we're set to do them, but I needed to get a few things from the store and wanted her help picking paint colors and flowers for her pot. Ever since we got home from Lowe's yesterday, she's been begging me to get painting, and this afternoon we were finally able to sit down and do it.
I'll be honest, I hate traditional toddler crafts. You know the ones...mom/dad/other adult spends a ton of time prepping, kiddo takes 20 seconds to make a big mess, and then the whole thing goes into the recycling or a storage box within a week. Even though this project is super simple and probably self explanatory, I loved doing it. B had a ton of fun mixing her colors and playing with the paint while we both created something functional that can be used for years and years. In my opinion, Fun + Function = Best Toddler Crafts.
You probably don't need a step by step guide, but I'm going to include it anyway, just in case. Ready to get started? Cool! Keep reading!
Pretty Painted Flower Pots
Makes 2 Flower Pots
What You Need
2 Terra cotta flower pots
Paint (I used latex for durability but it won't come out of clothes so be careful)
Brushes (foam brushes work great for this)
Tape or shaped stickers
How To Make It
Gather your supplies. I took a few minutes to lay down a drop cloth to make sure we had an easy cleanup, and I definitely recommend doing that. B made a mess, and I didn't bat an eye because I knew the only thing I would have to clean was her.
Apply tape and/or stickers to create a resist for patterns and designs. B requested zig zags, so that's what she got. I freehanded mine because I'm a daredevil.
PAINT! Let your kiddo go nuts.If you want to get really fancy, go ahead and prime with a waterproof primer before you get started with the paint.
Carefully remove tape and/or stickers and allow the paint to dry for a few hours, or days if you aren't as impatient as we are.
Find some pretty flowers and let your kiddo help you plant and water them.