Gorgeous Painted Plant Pots - Kids Crafts

In the increasingly concerning climate, more and more of you are staying home to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. And to those of you doing this with young kids - hats off to you!

Our new series 'Kids Crafts' is designed to hopefully help you out with some fun and easy activities you can do with children of all ages, and with things you'll already have lying around the house!

Today we're looking at ways we can revamp some old things in the house to use for creative activities and keep those little monsters occupied.

Everyone I know has *that* plant pot - you know the one I mean, basic terracotta that you convince yourself you bought because you love the boho style but in reality it was the cheapest one on the shelf and you needed it for that cactus you're somehow barely keeping alive.

Tip: This activity can work with any plant pot if you don't have this specific one - even the cheap plastic ones will work fine, just mix a little PVA glue in with the paint to help make it stick!

For this activity you will need:

Plant pot


Paint brushes (Optional)

Sponge (Optional) Toothbrush (Optional)

Teaspoon (Optional)


Now it's easy to just chuck some art supplies at a kid and say 'go paint a rainbow', which is definitely an option here if your child enjoys independent work or simply wants to paint a picture. But here are some other ideas either for older children, or for an activity you can do together with younger children. They're great alternatives if you don't have any paintbrushes for more detailed pictures, but also work great as fun backgrounds for pictures to be painted over the top later.

Ombre Effect

1. Paint horizontal sections on your plant pot with your chosen colours. Ask your child to consider colours, you could use rainbow patterns, complementary colours like a sunset, or different shades of a colour.

2. Once your whole plant pot is covered, you can start ombre-ing! You may need to add a little more paint where the colours meet as it must be wet to ombre. Take a sponge - a kitchen sponge is fine, you don't need a fancy art sponge - and gently dab between the two colours until completely blended.

Tip: You can use this as a background of a picture if you like too. Once the paint is dry, you can paint a picture over the top. Ombre blue goes great with white clouds painted over the top!

Drip Effect

1. Paint a base colour all over the plant pot. You can use a kitchen sponge to cover the whole surface more efficiently and evenly.

2. Turn the plant pot upside down on a piece of newspaper or something to protect your work surface. Working one colour at a time, put a blob of paint at the top of the plant pot and allow the paint to run down the sides. You can dilute the paint with a little water to help it run better.

Tip: If you don't have a paint brush, you can use a spoon to blob the paint on the top!

Splatter Effect

1. Paint a base colour all over the plant pot. You can use a kitchen sponge to cover the whole surface more efficiently and evenly.

2. Mix your paint with a little water to thin it out and dip a tooth brush in it. Cover your surface with something to protect it (make sure you don't do this around fabric furniture - it can be a messy one!). Flick the paint onto the plant pot by drawing a finger over the bristles of the brush. You can use loads of different colours for this to really jazz it up.

We hope this activity helped you keep the little ones occupied during isolation! If you try out this activity or any of our other Kids Craft ideas be sure to snap a picture and tag us on Instagram @ThePaletteNewcastle.