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I think somewhere, somehow, spring is kinda laughing at us right now. It's within our grasp…. but just not quite here yet. For that reason, the kids and I had some crafting fun with Crayola Crayons, Washable Paint, and Sidewalk Chalk last week. Spring was on my mind, so I gave the kids a theme and let them go to town on their own spring flower pots, while I created my own. Crafting with your kids can be fun, and it can also be quite relaxing. I think when it comes to the relaxing part, it comes down to a choice the parent has to make. In my case, I have to choose to let go and let them be the creator of their project, living out their own creativity. Keep reading, and I'll show you how we made these adorable spring flower pots.
Before working on our project, I picked up a few supplies at Walmart, including Crayola products.
Supplies You'll Need for Spring Flower Pots
- 3 flower pots
- Flower pot liners or clear spray sealer for pots
- Crayola Washable Paint
- Paint brushes
- Crayola Crayons
- Crayola Sidewalk Chalk
- Decorative labels
- Clear Chalkboard Coating
- Soil and plants/flowers
How to Make Spring Flower Pots
Ok, I'm going to be downright honest here. This is washable paint you're using, so please don't be like me and have one of those days where your brain leaves your body and goes to some other place, not sure where. Either line your pot with some sort of liner, or seal your pot with an acrylic sealer of some sort, so the paint will stay on your flower pot. Otherwise, if using a clay pot, the water you use to water your plant will just wash the paint right off. True story; don't ask me what I was thinking. Yes, our designs are still on our pots…. but we'll definitely be adding some sort of liner or sealing the pot before watering again. Ok, onward to the craft!
Your first step is to get all set up. One of the first things I did was open this big beautiful box of crayons. I'm asking you, how can you open a box of 96 crayons and not be inspired? Truly! Such a beautiful sight to see. Cover your crafting area with craft boards or newspaper. Then get to work painting the pots with a base coat. You'll need to let the base coat dry, but one thing I love about Crayola Washable Paint is that it dries very quickly (and it washes right off little fingers and hands).
After the base coat has dried, it's time to add the details. Again, I gave my kids the theme of “spring” and then let them go to town on the designs they wanted to make. Jaden drew all sorts of things with his paint, even taking time to fill up an extra paint palette while Mommy wasn't looking. They enjoyed mixing colors to come up with new and unique colors. We used the eraser tip of a pencil for bugs and caterpillar bodies. We created designs like clouds, flowers, bugs, butterflies, caterpillars, grass, a chevron-like wave, and more. Jaden has been excited to start writing his name, so he even added that to the plate that goes under his pot. We just had fun, each in our own little worlds, yet together.
Next we used the crayons to color over oval labels I had on hand. Then we painted over that with a clear chalkboard coating. This coating allows you to make any surface into a chalkboard. So cool! Then we used the Sidewalk Chalk to write whatever we wanted on our labels. The labels were stuck fast to the pots. Of course, you could also just paint right on the pot with the chalkboard coating, without a label, and then add your writing with the chalk, totally up to you.
Finally, we planted. Jacob picked out an ivy, I chose a flower, and we picked up a Mint plant for Jaden. He loved growing a Peppermint plant last year, so this was right up his alley.
And that's really all there is to it. I'll tell you, at the beginning of the day, I was so stressed out and overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done, work deadlines, school, housework, and such. I found myself relaxing more and more as we crafted together, until by the end of the day, I didn't even care anymore. Things will get done, deadlines will be met, but for me, crafting is my go to for relaxation…. kinda like surfing is for a surfer. It's definitely a form of intentional parenting for me. It was a great day.
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