Kid Craft: A Plant for Mom or Grandma
By Sherryl LaPointe
Mother’s Day is almost here! As you know, it’s important that gifts given by children be nice enough that the recipients will want to display them. Not just because it was a gift from a special child, but because they’re truly worth displaying.
Today, we are making a Mother’s Day gift with that in mind. This plant craft is a great idea to consider, dads, if you’re looking for a simple idea you and your child can do together! Show your child’s mother she is appreciated by giving her something colorful, handmade and…alive!
But if you’re the mother who is helping with this craft, and there is not a grandmother nearby to give the gift to, perhaps there’s a neighbor who would appreciate a surprise from your child on Mother’s Day. Or any other day of the year, actually.
Small clay flower pot (available at either garden stores or home supply stores)
Spray varnish or fixative to seal the paint (quick-drying variety)
Aprons or smocks to protect clothing
Plastic table cover or newspaper to protect work surface
Container for water for brushes
Planting medium (soil)
Plants of appropriate size for pot you chose, either flowers or herbs are good choices
1. Cover work surface with protective cover.
2. Be sure pots are clean — perhaps wipe them down with a damp cloth.
3. Paint a picture or design on the pot. It does not have to cover the entire pot, and the paint should not be thick — it will dry faster this way. For this, bright colors are best. The artist should initial the bottom of the pot, as any artist would.
4. As soon as the paint is dry, cover it with a coat of varnish or fixative. Set this aside to dry. You may decide it needs a second coat of varnish.
5. You may decide to wait for this step until a second day, since you don’t want to ruin the surface of the pot with bits of soil. Place a few small stones on the bottom of the pot for drainage, place soil partway up, place the plant in the pot, fill around it with more soil, tamp it down to set the plant, and add more soil as needed. Last, place the plant in a sink or on the ground to allow for run-off. Water it gently, but liberally.
You may want to decorate your pot with a bow, or wrap in clear wrap. That really is all this gift needs, though, to look great. It will be one you and your child can be proud of!