Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kids play, I made that... Flowered Clay Flower pot

Cernit Phthalate free clay- 1- 2.2 ounce package of each, neon yellow, neon pink, and neon green
Makin's cutter sets -alphabet and flowers/leaves cutter set
Bamboo skewer
Cylinder glass jar-thick, I used a salt shaker jar from the store.
2 popsicle sticks
Crafter's Pick Ultimate glue
Clay Pot from a garden store or hardware store
Ceramic Tile 6"X6" or a smooth work surface to put your flowers and leaves on
You can visit my husband's store http://www.clayfactory.net/

Condition the yellow clay a little at a time; start with a 1/4 or 1/8th block.
Roll the clay between your palms until it is warm and pliable and then fold and roll again. Do this until the clay is creamy in consistancy.
Flatten in to a little pancake about 1/4" to 1/8" thick.
Place one popsicle stick on each side of the little pancake of clay and roll the glass jar over the popsicle sticks and clay like a rolling pin.
The popsicle sticks form a little bridge for the jar and will stop you from rolling the clay out too thin and keep it uniform for cutting with cutters.

Cut out letters to form your name or a saying you have picked out. "Smile" is always a good one if you don't want to put your name on it. Adults love that.
I spelled Madisyn, which is my grand daughter's name. I am making this for her Mom to take a plant to work in to remind her of Madisyn all day long. I am also making it to show you how to do this. This is how I taught my children when they where little and how I will teach Madi when she is a little older. I also learned best by watching others do something and trying to work it out after myself.
Cut out all of the letters, conditioning clay and rolling it out as you need it.

Place a small amount of glue on the back of each letter, one at a time and add one at a time to the rim of the flower pot. Press each letter on to the pot but do not smash the clay down. Just make sure the back of the letter is completely attached to the pot, gently now, you can do this, I know you can. Kids are very smart.

See all of the letters are on the pot rim and you can even see some glue, but that is ok, it will dry clear and bake in the oven too.

We are going to make some flowers and cut out some leaves with the cutters.

First condition some green clay the way you did the yellow clay in the beginning.

Then flatten the green clay and roll it out the way you did the yellow clay.
Aren't these colors awesome??

Cut out some leaves, I cut out 10 leaves, but for your design you may need more or you might like less, it is your pot and your design. Cut out 10 to start.

Use the side of your popsicle stick to gently mark a vein down the center of each leaf and set those aside. You can see how I have set the leaves and flowers I have made on to a ceramic tile till I glue them on my pot.

Now let us make some flowers. I first off mixed some pink and yellow together to get a couple of shades of orange. I used 1 part pink to 2 parts yellow for one orange color. I also used 1 part pink to 4 parts yellow for another orange clay. I condition the clay like I did above until it is one color and flatten in to a pancake again. Cut out 1 of the large flowers in a color and then cut out a medium one and place on top of the large one. Here you can see I used pink and cut out a large flower with the cutter and then I cut out 5 small individual petals.

I then cut out one of the medium flowers with a cutter out of an orange color of clay and placed it on top of the large pink one.

Then I used the small petals and placed them on the medium orange clay flower one at a time with the bamboo skewer. Place the skewer right on the point of the petal and fold the edges around the skewer. Place the petals in a circle in the middle of the flower. I added a 1/4" ball of yellow to the center. Press it gently in to the center but do not flatten, leave it kind of rounded.

These flowers would also make great magnets for your refridgerator, bake them the way you will bake the pot when you are finished and use the same glue you use to glue the flowers on the pot to glue magnets on the back of the flowers you make.

Now have some fun coming up with combinations of colors, flower cutters, and petals to make your flowers. If you need some inspiration look at the flowers I made above. I bet you can pick out the cutters I used and the colors just by looking at the flowers I made. You can also enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.

I am going to start placing things on my clay pot, and I am going to start with a couple of leaves first.

Place a bit of glue on the back of a leaf and place it some where on the pot, I usually start right under the letters.

Keep adding flowers and leaves.

Here you can see how I built the flower picture on the front. I think Madi's mom is really going to like this, don't you?

I am going to keep adding flowers and leaves all of the way around the pot.

Here is the next side of the pot.

Use your imagination and decide what looks best to you.

There is no right or wrong way. Whoever you give this to is going to love it just because you made it for them.

I remember when I first started making stuff I was not the best, but I kept trying because it was fun and then I kept getting better and better.

Here is another side of the pot.

Now let the glue dry completely. Then with your mom or an adult's help, bake in your home oven for 30 minutes at 275 degrees.

Shut off the oven and let cool in the oven.

Ask your mom or an adult to take it out for you.

Plant a plant or a flower inside and give to someone you love. It will make them smile.

If you need someone to cheer you on or ask questions you can write me anytime Marie@mariesegal.com
But I think you can do this. As a matter of fact I know you can.


  1. oh wow MArie!!! this pot is the cutest ever!!! I love it...you are so talented!!! You make me want to work in clay....


  2. Thanks Diana, your work would translate very well to clay!!

  3. That is so cute! My daughter would have loved this when she was younger and still liked to work on clay with me! :) Thank you for sharing so much!

    Blessings, Cindy

  4. What a fun project for children and adults. Thanks!

  5. Thank you Cindy. The cutters do make it very easy.
    The kids do a kind of regression later in their years, my kids play with me again. They no longer look at me like I am insane, well...sometimes!!!
    And grand kids help, they always are willing to play.

  6. This is beautiful. And who says that pots have to be plain boring terra cotta containers? Your love for Madi cannot be contained, it is exploding, spreading, enveloping her with sweetness, joy and happiness and in turn she gives it all back to you tenfold, a hundredfold, what am I saying? it is not enumerable. As my kids used to say Infinity plus 1!

  7. Thank you so much Malsart! Stay tuned though, I think I have an adult version brewing.

  8. What a neat project. I was reminded of those hard candy decorations that my mom would put on our birthday cake when we were kids. I love the colors you used and this was such a great tutorial, it almost makes me want to rent a kid to make it with (note I said almost). Thanks for your sweet comment and great idea on my blog. You are something else!

  9. Thank you Ces! Terra cotta pots should never be dull and boring.

    I do love her and I am looking forward to doing some projects with her. She is an incredible kid. Today was hard she is teething and it is hot. She and I are being miserable together. We do everything together.
    Infinity and beyond!!!
    Hugs my dear.

  10. It is kind of like the hard candy things on cakes Susan. The Cernit is awesome and somewhat translucenty, hard, and vibrant, almost glowing. The best for this project.
    And you don't have to have a kid to do this. Even though this is worded for kids, I would do this project myself anytime. I can see this done in black and white even.
    A whole nother level!!! ;-D

    I am glad you liked my idea, I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
    Maybe little color sleigh bells hanging from the ribbons too!

  11. That is soooo pretty! What a fun idea to do with kids. Next year with these sweeties of mine, I'll try it! Love those colors. I've ordered some of the primary and should have tried some of those. Love Cernit in any color!!! Hugs and love, Lynda

  12. Hi Marie,,,I love this pot. thank you for the instructions! i am going to do this with my Grand daughter Mya. She would love this project.
    I hope you are doing well? Its been a nice week and I am getting alot more done. Yay! Have a great day ,,, luv, gail

  13. What a cute idea! I love those flowers. I can see I'm going to have to save up my $$ to shop for clay at your husband's website!

  14. Thanks Lynda! There is a great cutter set with a frog, butterflies and a turtle, but I am sure you could get those boys to sculpt their own.
    Besides making a great Christmas present they would make really good mother's day and father's day prezzies.

  15. I am so glad things are settling down a little for you Gail.
    Thanks for taking time to visit.

  16. Thanks for stopping by Angela and thank you for kudos. Stick with me baby and you will be adding clay to your paintings!!! (add maniacal laughter soundtrack here)

  17. This is soooooo pretty.

    been way behind on my reading. thank you for being patient.

    Don't you love clay?

  18. Thank you Chris. And thanks for stopping by.
    I do love clay, it is a bit addicting.

  19. just saying hello!!! I am bringing my clay away with me!!! you inspired me!!!

    Hugs and have a wonderful weekend!!!

  20. Thanks Diana, have fun and I can hardly wait to see what your mind comes up with.
    Travel safe.


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