Our Upcycled Flower Pots were more of an exercise in process art than an attempt to make super perfect flower pots.
Upcycled Flower Pots
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In honor of Earth Day, spring and having messy fun with the kids we made some upcycled flower pots. I will be honest, I do not know how durable these pots will be, this is the first season that we made them. I do know that making them was an engaging lesson of re-use and upcycle for the kids as well as a fabulous sensory experience.
Materials for Upcycled Flower Pots:
- Plastic Flower Pots
- Plaster of Paris
- Paint (optional)
- Food Dye (optional)
- Decorations (optional)
Instructions for Upcycled Flower Pots:
This is a messy project. We did it outside over a bunch of newspaper.
Take a plastic flower pot that came with the plants you bought from the nursery. Dust off any dirt.
Mix the Plaster of Paris according to the directions on the package. If you want it to be colored put food dye in the water before mixing it in.
Here comes the ooey gooey sensory part of this project – Have the kids take handfuls of the Plaster of Paris and mush it all over the outside of the pot. Do not cover the bottom of the pot. Once the pot is well covered you can take a wet hand and smooth over the surface.
You have about 5 minutes to press in any decorations that you may wish to add. Some suggestions for you: shells, acorns, small stones, and beads.
Allow the pot to dry. Then you can paint the outside of the pot. We used dot markers to make flowers but you are only limited by your imagination.
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