Every year since my kids were born, they have created something for their grandparents with their handprints (or footprints) for Christmas. We’ve done bells, reindeer, snowmen ornaments and even foot angels – just to name a few. So this year, I struggled with what I could have them make that would be different.
The more I thought about what they had made in the past, the more I realized that their grandparents can only enjoy those items for a few weeks a year – because they are all Christmas decorations! So, I racked my brain for an idea that they could enjoy any time of the year when I looked up and saw the planter in my garden window. It hit me – flower pots!! So, I jumped in with both feet and just figured it out as I went along. What I loved is that since I had the paints here, it cost me only $17 for 2 gifts — which are completely one of a kind!
To do this project with your child(ren), you will need
Terracotta Pot (size depends upon how many hand prints you want to include on it).
White Satin Spray Paint
Decorative paints in colors of your choice
Clear coat spray in satin finish
STEP 1 — SPRAY THE POT
Once you get home from the store, clean it off and then find some newspaper to rest it on. You will want to spray a light coat all around the outside and top inside of the pot. It may take 3 – 4 coats to get a good coverage. Make sure you allow drying time between coats (I was able to reapply every 2 hours). When you are through it will look like this:
STEP 2 – EMBELISH YOUR POT
We used colored paints and allowed our kids to add their hand prints to it – including their names:
On the front we added a saying: Grandkids are Souls in Bloom
We added the year on the inside so they would always remember when they received it:
To finalize the gift we are adding in some garden gloves, a trowel and package of seeds (which we had left over from this spring). I allowed my kids to help as much as they could – and they had fun! The result is a unique, and personalized gift, that my children’s grandparents are going to love!!
Did you make something this year? If so, please share!!