Turn pictures of your children into a flower pot babies keepsake. They make great gifts for family and friends and don't require any watering!
Time Required: 1 hour, plus drying time
- Choose 2 paint colors for your flower pot. Paint the lip of the flower pot one color and the body of the pot another. Allow to dry completely.
- Take a flower-shaped cookie cutter and press it as hard as you can onto your foam craft sheet. You're just trying to make an outline with the cookie cutter. You don't want to cut through the foam craft sheet with the cookie cutter.
- Use the impression of the cookie cutter as a guide. Cut out your flower with scissors by following the shape the cookie cutter left behind on your foam craft sheet.
- Cut a similar pattern, but smaller, on the inside of the flower. This will be the cutout where your child's picture appears. It doesn't have to be as smooth as the outside edge of the flower because this smaller section will be hidden by a pipe cleaner. In other words, you can eyeball this inside cutout without having to make the curves of the flower perfectly precise.
- Shape a pipe cleaner around the inside of the flower's edges you just cut in the previous step. Cut any excess pipe cleaner. Use your glue gun to attach the shaped pipe cleaner in place on the flower. Your goal is to hide those foam edges you created in the previous step. Think of it as the border around your picture, which you'll complete in the next step.
- Time to show off your flower pot babies. Place a picture of your child in the center of the flower (on the backside). Glue the edges with the glue gun. Be careful not to use too much glue so you don't singe the picture. Allow to dry.
- Take a green pipe cleaner and shape the middle into a leaf. You will have a straight piece at the top and the bottom of the pipe cleaner. This green pipe cleaner is your flower stem.
- Attach one of the straight pipe cleaner pieces to the backside of the flower with your glue gun. Allow to dry.
- Now that your flower is finished, it's time to attach it to the flower pot you painted in step 1. Bend the green pipe cleaner at the bottom about 1/2 an inch. This will give your flower more stability as you use your glue gun to anchor the flower to the flower pot. Use lots of glue and hold the flower in place until the glue begins to dry.
- If you have more than one child, repeat the previous steps to make flowers for them. Just make the green pipe cleaner stems various lengths so all of their pictures will show up in the flower pot. See the picture above as an example.
- After the glue in the bottom of the flower pot has dried, add brown fine cut shredded paper to the flower pot. The paper's purpose is to look like dirt in your flower pot while hiding the glue inside.
- All done! You now have flower pot babies to share with friends and family.
- Go slowly when using scissors on the foam paper. If you go too fast, you'll get jagged edges on the foam that aren't easy to fix.
- If you'd like to be able to switch out your pictures over time, glue 3 edges of a blank piece of photo paper or cardstock to the back of the flower. Leave the top edge unglued. Now slide your child's picture down into the flower and slide it out when you want to replace it with a new photo.
- After you're finished and the glue is dry, you still have a little wiggle room to adjust your flowers. The pipe cleaners have some flexibility so you can slightly reposition a flower that needs moving.
- Be sure to write the date on the bottom of your flower pot or you can paint a special message on the side.
- The supplies for this project cost about $10. You can make multiple flower pot babies with these supplies too. Use creative ways to find coupons to save even more money on this project.
What You Need
- Small picture of each child
- Mini flower pot
- 2 colors of non-toxic acrylic paint for the flower pot
- Flower-shaped cookie cutter or you can draw your flower freehand
- Foam craft sheet for the flowers (1 color for each child)
- Colorful pipe cleaners for the flower's border (1 for each child)
- Green pipe cleaner for each flower's stem and leaf
- Brown fine cut shredded paper
- Glue gun and glue stick