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DIY or DI with Kids – Painted Flower Pots

Spring is the season of green hillsides and new blooms in Sonoma County. Living in an agricultural mecca presents lots of opportunities to experience planting, growing, and harvesting (with or without your kiddos). National Garden Month gives us a great excuse to bring a bit of nature, art and lessons on growing into your home.  These painted flower pots are the perfect way to spend an afternoon playing and learning with your little ones.

DIY Painted Flower Pots

Materials:

  • terra cotta pot (I used these)
  • plant (I used a mixture of succulents and flowers my son picked out)
  • DecoArt Patio Paint (any acrylic paint should do, like this or this)
  • potting soil

Tools:

  • scissors
  • foam brushes (like these)
  • painters’ tape (while I used a thick tape, I cut it into thin strips)

Materials and tools for DIY Painted Flower Pots

Depending on the age of your littles, you may need to do the first step. Place the masking tape across the pots so as to create shapes. I chose triangles.

DIY Painted Flower Pots

Next, its time to put on your painting pants. (No really, if you have a child under the age of 5, I highly recommend them). And don’t forget painting garb for the littles. While I’ve found the patio paint to be immensely easy to get off hard surfaces, I’ve had mixed luck with clothes.

DIY Painted Flower Pots

Paint until all of the terra cotta still exposed is covered. This part doesn’t need refined fine motor skills. I did this activity with an 18 month old (needed lots of help) and a two year old (needed lots less help).

DIY Painted Flower Pots

Wait for the paint to partially dry, then remove the tape gently. The littles think this part is pretty magical. Allow the paint to dry fully prior to planting.

DIY Painted Flower Pots

Planting time! The National Garden Month website has some great resources for teaching your kids about planting and engaging them in gardening.

DIY Painted Flower Pots

DIY Painted Flower Pots

DIY Painted Flower Pots

 

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