Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Poured Paint Flower Pots for Mom

I had tried a similar activity to what I am about to explain last year with my class after seeing a post by Teacher Tom on tall paintings.  This was a very interesting activity for the children, but took a long time to dry and when dry did not look as exciting as it did when wet.  Our medium was cardboard which soaked up a lot of the paint.

This year we tried it on small terra cotta flower pots.  The results were incredible and this time the results of our process actually have a function.  We will be giving these little pots to the moms for Mother's Day.

We used acrylic paint so that the pots can be used outside.

1. Cover the hole in the pot by placing a small piece of duct tape inside the pot.

2. Write the child's name inside the pot.

3. Turn the pot upside down on a tray covered with paper.

4. Fill 4 small cups about 1/2 way with acrylic paint (we used recycled fruit cups so we could toss them after we were done).   (Due to the cost of the acrylic paint, we limited it to four colors and 1/2  cup each.  We showed them how to use a brush to scrape out every last drop of paint).

5. The children pour the paint on the top of the pot and around the edges letting it drip to cover the pot watching the colors swirl and mix as they drip.

6. Move the pot to a place to dry. It takes about two days for it to fully dry.

7. Remove the duct tape when dry, rewrite the child's name on the bottom and have him plant his seed or flower.


  1. Because I worked in advertising, I knew outdoor sign companies overprinted billboards, bus stop signs and other big posters, so they would have replacements for backup. After the run of the ad campaign, these panels are usually disposed of. I used to ask the outdoor companies for these leftovers, so I could bring them home and tack on the fence, so that my kids could have mural size canvases to create on. And some of these panels were up to 4’ x 5’ each.

    Sometimes the kids would fill the sheet with lots of little images, which were some sometimes related, sometimes not, and other times they’d do one big image to take advantage of the scale.

    While many outdoor boards are printed on vinyl, which doesn't paint well, you can still come across paper leftovers if you try.

    The kids will love it.