Now, tell me honestly .. do you walk past the “Plain Jane” terracotta plant pots in your local garden centre? Yup .. me too!! When it comes to planting our bedding plants I DEFINITELY head for the coloured plant pots. BUT … I’m a changed woman .. This potty couple has converted me .. Who would have thought these cutie pies are made from just some very simple plain terracotta plant pots? Perfect to add some bit of colour to your patio. Or, in our case, for our kitchen window shelf.
You can catch me on Facebook video putting one of these together here.
here’s what you need for your flower pot person
Here’s what you need to make you very own flower pot person. Or a whole crowd of them. The possibilities of making some cute Potty People are endless!!
- Medium sized Terracotta pots – 2 – mine where 13 cm in diameter
- Small terracotta pots – 2 for the arms and 2 for the feet (I used ones with 7 cm in diameter)
- Primer This is optional but a good idea if you’re thinking of keeping them outside (although I wouldn’t recommend keeping them outside in the winter!)
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colours of your choice
- Paint brushes
- Some craft rope
- Hot glue and E6000 for extra added security
- A sealant if you want to keep them outside
- Some popsicle sticks
I went local for buying my plant pots in our local garden centre. I bought my pots for £0.69 for the larger ones and £0.35 for the smaller ones. So less than £3 all together!!
Making your flower pot person
Start by giving the pots a coat of primer (I already got a bit paint brush happy on the pic below but you can see the primer on the right hand side!). Prime all of them, except the one that will have the face drawn on. (Basically, anywhere where you’re going to add some paint apart from the face.) Leave to dry for the recommended time. I made two for this blog post – the first pick is the girly pot. The rests of the pics are of the little boy 🙂
Once the primer is completely dry, you can get to work on your painting masterpiece. Let your imagination run wild with this one – I opted for some nice bright colours for the little girl but there’s so many designs to choose from. Seriously, check out Pinterest for some inspiration here and get painting those babies and just have some fun!
painting your masterpiece
Leave the coat of paint to dry. Mine needed two coats to get a good coverage, so once the first coat had dried I just went over it again with the same paint.
For the hands and feet, make sure you completely paint the top of the pot as well as this will be showing.
I drew the outline of the face with pencil on the pot and filled it in with paint. I traced the eyes with a Posca emulsion pen (which is brilliant!!) and drew the eyelashes and eyebrows on with the pen too. It just saves a lot of messing about with a brush 🙂
putting it all together
Once everything is painted we’re ready to put the whole thing together. This looks complicated but trust me, it really isn’t! Stick with it!
Get your crafting rope and get a fair amount, long enough for it to fit through the pot and attach the feet which are going to be dangling over the side of a shelf. Next, you’re going to fold it double and feed the loop of the rope through the inside of the pot and sticking out of the hole (pic2). If your rope is thick enough you can tie a double knot but because mine was a bit thinner I snipped off part of popsicle and glued this down onto the pot with the loop of the rope around it (pic3). This keeps it in place and means it can’t go anywhere.
You should now have something like this:
The pieces of rope that are sticking out of the pot at the bottom are going to be the legs. So, grab your smaller pots and feed the rope through the hole into the pot and tie a double knot. Repeat the same process on the other side. You’ve now completed the bottom half of your flower pot person.
here’s a load of pics to help you!
The top is a similar process, but in reverse. Fold a fair length piece of rope in half and feed the loop from through the hole into the pot (pic2 and 3). Tie a knot or take a piece of popsicle stick and glue this into the pot with the rope secured around it (pic 4, 5 and 6). You will now have something like this:
Next, grab the remaining little pots and feed the rope through the hole into the pot and tie a knot where you want the arm to be. You don’t want this too long as you don’t want the arm dragging on the surface! Repeat the process on the other side.
Now last but not least we glue the two pots on top of each other with glue. Lots of glue!! I used hot glue on the Live but later took the pot off and added E6000 as well as hot glue for additional security.
If you’re going to be using these for outside I would definitely recommend sealing the pots with a good quality outdoor sealant. I personally would not recommend having these outside in all weathers. I’ll only be putting them out during the summer months. From experience our terracotta pots do not like the colder weather and I don’t think they would last that well.
But how cute are they for the summer months just sitting on a shelf outside? Or of course you can move them indoors for a bit of fun too!
Leave your thoughts in the comments, but I think these have turned out super-cute! Let me know if you’re making one of your own? Oh, and don’t forget to tag me on social media to show me your masterpiece!
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