Painting Clay Flower Pots Activity

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Updated on Aug 16, 2012

Create a face of a person or animal on a small terra cotta flower pot and grow herbs or a flowered plant for their hair! As the herbs grow, the hair grows. This is a fun and practical art project that smells as good as it looks.

What You Need:

  • Small terra cotta pot
  • Pencil
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small rocks
  • Soil
  • Seeds, or a pre-grown plant


What You Do:

  1. Use a pencil to draw the face of your potted plant person. Include the eyebrows, eyeballs, nose, mouth and any other features you would like to add to give personality to your character. Make them as silly or fun as you can imagine. Make sure to not draw the hair, the spice plant will become the hair as it grows!
  2. Paint in the drawing with tempera or acrylic paint. Bright colors make for an interesting face that will look funnier as the plant grows. Outline the facial features in black paint to help them show up easier from a distance. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  3. Place a few small rocks at the bottom of the pot to help with drainage.
  4. Fill the pot with soil.
  5. Poke your finger in the soil a few times and drop seeds into the holes, about ¼” down. Cover the soil on the top and gently water the plant. Place it in a sunny window to watch the seeds sprout.

Alternatively, keep the rocks in the bottom of the pot and plant an already-grown herb plant. Water and keep in a sunny window. Clip “hair” as needed to make cooking even yummier!  

Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.

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