Tuesday, April 6

ILoveToCreate Teen Crafts: Neon Impressionist Flower Pot

ILoveToCreate Teen Crafts: Neon Impressionist Flower Pot
Margot Potter
"Mom crafted, kid approved."

It's been a picture perfect spring  in Amish country.  We even managed to get our garden started early this year!  That's a first!  Avalon is planting her own little flower garden and we've started the seeds indoors.  I was thinking it might be fun for her to plant a few flowers for the kitchen windowsill too.  I didn't want to put them in a plain terra cotta pot, not in our vibrant kitchen, so this project was born.  These pots are really fun to make with teens.  Just start with a base coat of Crafty Chica paint mixed into a pretty pastel color and add Tulip Fabric Sprays in neon colors to jazz things up.  Glue on some ribbon and faux flowers and you end up with a cheery little addition to the windowsill.

4.5"x5.5" Terra Cotta Pot with Matching Saucer
1.5" Thick Grosgrain Craft Ribbon Bright Green with White Stitching
2.5" Diameter Decorative Fabric Flowers (Orange and Pink)
Tulip Fabric Spray Paints in Neon Colors (Pink, Green, Yellow and Orange)
Crafty Chica Little Paint Pack (White and Yellow)
Aleene's Platinum Bond Super Fabric Textile Adhesive
Aleene's Liquid Fusion Glue

Foam Brush
Paint Brush
Non-Stick Craft Sheet

1.  Mix the Crafty Chica yellow and white paint to get a pastel yellow.  Paint this on the pot with the foam brush.  Paint the edges and the saucer.  Allow to dry and paint a second coat.

2.  Use the Tulip Fabric Spray to create layers of color on pot and saucer.  You have to turn the saucer over to get the edges, so this is a two step process with a drying time for the top and the sides in between. Allow paints to dry.

3.  Smear Liquid Fusion across rim of pot and attach ribbon.  Allow to dry.

4.  Cut off stems and remove backs of flowers, keep a small amount of the plastic tab so you don't separate the layers, if you do just use the glue to reattach them.  Glue the flowers to the center of the ribbon on the pot rim, allow to dry with pot resting on the side so the flowers don't slide off.

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