At the beginning of spring, Pea and I started some lettuce seeds in an egg carton. You may remember it from this Easy Peasy Seed Starter Project for Preschoolers post. Well, it turns out that Princess Pea is quite the gardener! My dad’s green thumb skipped me but popped up in my daughter. She remembered to water the seedlings every day and enjoyed watching them grow.
We went from this
Her perfect green leaf lettuce needed a new home. Due to the Florida heat, I decided to try growing my lettuce indoors this year. The sunny, yet heat deflecting, double paned glass of the bay window is the perfect place to grow plants. I’ve been wanting to pretty up our ugly window sill with some decoupaged pots. I even went through all the mail that had been piling up in that spot to make room for the plants.
A few weeks ago. I scoped out diy decoupage flower pot inspirations on Pinterest. There are a few more methods I want to try but for this first time, I went with the easiest and cheapest method naturally. I still have many pages left in a scrapbook paper pack I found last year on sale so we have been making use of what we have. Pinterest inspired projects can get pricey so I always think realistically and work with items we already have to cut down on costs.
This project turned out very pretty and cheerful. We lost a family member, who also happens to be our next door neighbor, this week so the atmosphere here has been one of sadness and grief. My Uncle Frank was full of life and laughter. He passed unexpectedly so our last memories of him are ones of him at his most joyful. He will be greatly missed but he would have approved of the pot we decorated in tribute. He liked to sit outside in the drive way and set up two potted plants next to his folding chair, simply because he liked them. He even brought them with him when he went out in his RV and would place them on either side of the RV door where ever he parked. Pea proudly showed him her seedlings last week so I think he would have liked the cheerful pot.
Below are the materials we used for the decoupage flower pot:
Acrylic Craft Paint
(I plan on using a waterproof sealant or polyurethane on the next project. I didn’t plan on Pea’s over watering!)
cheap plastic pots and saucers
This was a quick project like I prefer to do. I painted the tops and bottoms of the pot but Pea helped with the decoupage. She was too busy painting beads for an upcoming project to help with the painting portion of this project but she does love smearing modge podge on stuff!
We coated the entire thing with topcoat of ModgePodge after gluing down the paper.
This diy decoupage flower pot project proves that kid’s crafts don’t always have to look like a childish. There are imperfections like the lack of polyurethane and visible seams but we had fun crafting it. The pot is still pretty and livens up the window. Plus, I get to see her face light up when she see it.
We are growing batches of lettuce so we always have some on hand to feed our salad addictions. (If you look behind her you can see that I cheated on the next batch of seedlings and am growing them in an Aquaponics hydroponics system.) Now if only Pork Chop would eat salad…. The only plants he likes to grow are the ones that are heavily pixelated and he grows on a computer or iPad. He did come admire the pot though and he said he might even try the lettuce …
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Soon we will be starting on our outdoor garden but since it is currently overrun with weeds, it may take a while. It doesn’t help that I am learning how to garden and have a phobia when it comes to worms. They are just so yucky.
Is your child’s thumb greener than yours? Pea’s thumb certainly is greener than mine! Last year I planted a bunch of radish seeds and ended up with one single lonely radish. It’s a relief that I now have help in the garden.