These decorated terracotta pots make fantastic personalized Mother’s Day gifts.
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Now they might seem painted in the picture, but they aren’t… we use a technique was adapted from a classic. Melted crayon rocks. If you aren’t familiar with this craft, check it out here on Red Ted Art. I made one of these rocks for my dad when I was little. He still proudly displays it!!
- Terracotta Pots…. whatever size or shape you want!
- Crayons. You will need to peel them.
- Cooling rack or hot pad.
- Paper bag or cardstock.
- Extra hot pot holder or kitchen towel.
- A clear coat spray paint.
- Clothes Pins. These are optional, but I really think they work great!
Making your Mother’s Day flower pots
Start by putting a layer of foil on your oven rack, add your terracotta pots, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While your oven and pots are heating up you can pick your crayon colors and remove the wrappers. Set up your workspace with a cooling rack or hot pad. Place a paper bag or a sheet of cardstock on top. Use the clothespins to hold the crayons.
The clothespins keep your kid’s fingers a little further from the pot. Like I said not necessary, but we found this very helpful. Once the oven gets up to the temperature set a timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn off your oven. Using a hot pad remove only the pot you will be working on. Draw on the pot with your crayons!***Warning: These pots are hot. I held the pot for all of my kids just to help supervise and make sure they didn’t actually reach out and touch it!***
The crayon will melt instantly while drawing on the pot. They can swirl the colors around and mix the colors. All sorts of different creations can be made. Kids will love watching the crayons melt. These will stay Hot for a few minutes. Once they have cooled completely, spray the decorated terracotta pots with a clear coat to keep them from smearing.
Fill your pots and they are ready to be gifted!