Learn how to make the cutest and long lasting clay pot flower people. Step by step instructions for these beautiful decorations that everyone will love.
Create your own DIY garden art and make the cutest clay pot flower people. They are not hard to make and all you need is a little patience. If you pay close attention to the details in the video and the article, you will end up with long lasting flower pot people. I messed up many times until I got them to last in any weather conditions. There is no need for you to waste money on paint and accessories that won’t last, I did it so you don’t have to. Scroll to the bottom for the video tutorial.
How To Make Clay Pot People
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- 2 x 13 cm diameter pots
- 12 x 7 cm diameter pots
- Outdoor patio paint
- Paper template for the face
- 2 x 25 mm screws with nuts
- 2 x 15 mm screws with nuts
- 12 x grommets
- 16 x washers
- Some rope
Preparing The Flower Pots
First of all you have to decide on the size of your flower pot decoration. For the one in the tutorial I used the sizes described in the materials list. You can always make them smaller or bigger. My little kid loves them all over the garden, and we like giving them a little personality changing their faces and expressions. We even give them names.
The second step it’s to drill the holes. Do this carefully and patience so you don’t break the pots. Put the big pots on top of each other as they are in the final design. Then you have to drill the two interior holes for the screws that will keep them together. On the bottom pot in the front side, you need two holes for the legs, and two holes in each side for the hands. If you watch the tutorial you will see where to place them exactly. After you finished drilling them, just brush them and wipe them with a cloth to remove the dust.
Painting The Flower Pots
Same as in the older project I posted here about the paper flower topiary, I’m using outdoor patio paint from DecoArt. I hope I will save you money, as in the past three years I wasted a lot of money on paint that wasn’t good enough and it was always peeling in time. This one it’s the best I found so far, and it’s more like a rubber coating than paint. So far I had my flower pot people outside for more than an year and they still look like new.
Picking the colors you want to use it’s up to you. In the video, you see me decorating the pots with little flowers. Those are optional, but I like giving them an extra touch. The important part is to save some paint. For this we will paint one coat inside and outside, and only paint the second coating on the exterior. Since the head will hold the flower, it will be the only one to get two coatings inside and outside.
How To Paint Faces On Clay Pots
Pick the way you want to transfer the face drawing on the pot. In the video tutorial I’m showing you how to transfer it with paper and pen. If you are good on drawing you can do it straight on the pot by hand. After painting everything, let the pots dry overnight. Only put them together the next day, and keep the pots inside at least 48 hours more. That’s because the paint manufacturer recommends a total drying time of at least 72 hours long. Try to paint them with different expressions and faces. Check the bottom of the article for the download button to the clay pot people face templates. I added the most common I use on my flower pot people.
Preparing The Hands And Legs
The exact measures of the rope, depends on the size of the pots you are using. If you follow the video it’s pretty easy to realize how to make them. The space I left between the pots used for the hands was 25 mm, and for the ones of the legs was 30 mm. The length of rope end I left for the legs was about 60 mm. For the last pots, both for the hands and for the legs, add a grommet on top as shown in the video.
One thing I’m still not happy about it’s the hot glue. Sometimes because of the heat, it does fail. It’s a simple fix though, and they break only if you move them around a lot. If you have a better solution to replace the hot glue, please write it down in the comments. That would help everyone else reading the article. For now I’m stuck to the hot glue. Jill one of our readers told me about the E6000 Glue, that I haven’t tried yet. After looking at a couple of videos, I have the feeling that it may be the best to use instead of the hot glue. It’s very elastic and that’s exactly what I need considering the temperature changes. If you want to use hot glue instead, here is a hot glue gun I recommend.
Putting Everything Together
The video it’s pretty much self explanatory. I will mention though to be very careful when you tighten the screws. Don’t do it too hard as you will break the pots. Another tip would be to also paint the screws, unless you are using stainless steel as I do. Those don’t rust easy, but they are a little expensive. Inside the top pot that will hold the flower, you can also cover the screws with some silicone, not shown in the video. I only do that for the ones made for clients as I don’t mind fixing my own. Now you have a cute company in your garden for your morning coffee. Check the other flower pot decoration article as well.
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Download the face templates using a computer. It may not work on a phone since is a zip folder. You will have to unzip it after the download finished.