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How to Make Clay Flower Pot Person for Your Garden
Follow these instructions to create a fun and fabulous clay flower pot person to sit in your garden!
Cacien, from France, shared these directions for making clay flower pot people. The clay flower pot person here was made by a class of 5-year-olds. Cacien had the children paint the clay pots and then they assembled them using the chains. Foam was used as a spacer between the pots. To hold the chains in place, she used a nut and bolt. I modified Cacien's design a little in these directions and... made note of the different supplies I used; however you can choose the supplies and products you prefer!
This project is suitable for kids age eight and up and takes about one hour plus drying time.
- 12 Clay Pots - 6 inches
- 12 Clay Pots - 8 inches
- 2 Clay Pots - 12 inches
- 1 Clay Pot - 10 inches
- Clear Acrylic Sealer - (suggestion from Sherri)
- Strong Glue
- About 3-inch thick styrofoam - approximately 6 feet square
- Small Metal Chain - approximately 3 1/2 meters or 4 yards - (Sherri suggests that you can use thin rope or thick wire instead of chain)
- Paint Brush
- Large, Sharp Knife
- Scissors or Wire Cutters
Start off by painting the pots however you like. You can paint different designs and shapes or paint the pots to look like clothing and a face. The 6-inch pots will be the flower pot person's arms; the 8-inch pots will be the flower pot person's legs; the 12-inch pots will be the body; and the 10-inch pot will be the head. Paint accordingly! Let the paint dry and then seal the paint with several thin coats of clear acrylic sealer.
Use a large knife to cut the styrofoam info 12 pieces; each piece should be approximately 3 inches square. The exact size does not matter much; you just need the foam pieces to fit into the bottom of the 6- and 8-inch pots. Once you get them all cut, poke a hole through the center of each styrofoam square so the rope or wire can fit through it.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Assembling the Clay Pot Legs
Start assembling the legs of your flower pot person using the 8-inch clay pots. Tie a knot in one of the ends of the rope or wire. String a styrofoam square onto the rope or wire and push it down so it rests on the knot. If necessary, tie another knot in the rope or wire. Now slip the untied end of the rope or wire through the hole in the bottom of an 8-inch clay pot, going in through the inside of the pot and out through the bottom of the pot. The styrofoam square should rest against the bottom... of the pot on the inside.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Finish One Clay Pot Leg
String another piece of styrofoam onto your rope or wire. Push it down so it rests on the bottom of the clay pot. Now, string another clay pot onto the rope or wire. The second clay pot should be pushed all of the way down so the inside of the pot rests on the foam. It should also overlap the first clay pot by a few inches. String on more styrofoam and clay pots in this fashion until you have a set of six.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Start Building the Second Clay Pot Leg
String another 8-inch clay pot onto the rope or wire. This one should face the opposite direction from the others. String the rope or wire through the hole, starting form the outside and going in. When you push the pot all of the way down the rope or wire, the bottom of the pot should rest against the bottom of the sixth pot you strung on previously.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Finish the Clay Pot Legs
Add a piece of styrofoam like you did before, pushing it all of the way up and into the clay pot. Next, add another clay pot. Continue this until you have strung 6 more clay pots going in the opposite direction of your first six clay pots.
Once all of your pots are on the rope or wire, you will need to cut and tie it. Before you cut your rope or wire, spread out the clay pots so that each set of six pots is separated by about 12-inches of rope or wire. Tie a knot in the end of your rope or wire... and then cut off the extra rope or wire.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Make the Arms for Your Flower Pot PersonThe arms for your flower pot friend are made the same way as the legs. Follow the same step-by-step directions (steps 2 - 5) and diagrams using styrofoam squares and the twelve 6-inch clay pots.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Start Assembling the Flower Pot Body
Assemble in the spot where you will be displaying the flower pot so you can avoid moving it once it's put together. Place one of the 12-inch clay pots, right side up, in the spot where you will display it.
Start off by tying a knot in one of the ends of what is left of the rope or wire. Thread the other end of the rope or wire through the hole in the bottom of the other 12-inch clay pot, going in through the inside of the pot and out through the bottom of the pot. Secure the non-tied end so it... does it fall back inside the pot.
Place the clay pot with the rope, upside down, on top of the other pot. Match up the edges as much as possible. If you want your flower pot person to be a little stronger, run a bead of glue around the top edge of each 12-inch pot before you put them together.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Add the Legs to The Flower Pot Body
With your clay pot person's body sitting where it will be on display, drape the extra rope or wire that is between the two sides of pots around the back of the bottom 12-inch clay pot. You can tie a knot in the rope or wire, behind the clay pot body, if it is too long. Position the legs in whatever way you would like them to sit in front of your clay pot person's body.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Add the Arms to the Flower Pot BodyTo add the arms to your clay pot person, wrap the extra rope between both sets of arm clay pots around the rope you inserted in the top 12-inch pot.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finish Your Flower Pot Person Craft
Finally, to finish your flower pot person craft, slide the 10-inch clay pot over the rope or wire that the arms are wrapped around. Secure the rope inside the pot by tying it. If you like, you can now plant a flower in this top pot!
There are so many creative things you can do with this craft to personalize it. If you end up making your own clay pot person, consider submitting a photo of it to be published here.
Check out this flower pot man made by Erin Sinclair and this Pleasant Pot Person... submitted by Bekkwoods.