Fun Flower Pot Crafts to Make Any Time of Year

DIY Clay Flower Pot Crafts that can be used as gift holders or decor at any time of year. You can put them in your garden or use them for home decor. 

Terra Cotta flower pots, also known as planters, are found in different sizes at the home improvement store, but they aren’t just for your garden. In recent years, they’ve become a fun, inexpensive craft/building supply.

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I’ve seen flower pot sculptures, wreaths, and birdbaths, but you don’t need a lot to transform these pots. Some acrylic paint and a few inexpensive craft supplies are all you’ll need to create something fun and colorful. The following crafts are also easy enough for your kids to make – or help out!

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Looking for more craft ideas? Check out my Pinterest boards Kiddie Crafts and Crafty Stuff.

 

Activities for Ringing in the New Year with Your Kids

Holidays take on a different meaning when kids enter the picture. New Year’s Eve is definitely one that changed when G and his brothers came along. Gone are the days when Mr Boots and I would head to a bar or a friend’s house to drink and toast the New Year.

Ringing in the New Year with kids has meant that I’ve spent several New Year’s Eve nights watching the ball drop on TV by myself because everyone else is asleep — and a few watching the back of my eyelids myself.

Last year, we let G and L stay up until midnight and watch the ball drop in Times Square for the first time. Being 6 and 4, I felt like they could at least try, especially since we didn’t have anything to do the next day. I laid out food to snack on through the night. We watched a movie and then flipped between a few of the New Year’s Eve specials. 

It was nice, but the boys complained about being bored several times.

G and L have already begun asking me if they can stay up until midnight again this year. I’m all for it, but I’ve been thinking about adding a special activity or two to help make the time leading to the ball drop a little more fun. I’d like to give a huge thanks to my fellow Kid Blogger Network mamas for these ideas:

When did you start letting your kids stay up to ring in the New Year with you? Do you do anything to make ringing in the New Year with your kids special?

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Cool Watermelon Activities for Kids

It might be the second week of fall, but I’m still seeing our famous Watermelon Man selling late-season watermelons out the back of his truck. For those of you who are trying to hold onto summer (which, let’s face it, here in Virginia it’s pretty easy with temps still in the 90s), here are some neat watermelon activities to do with your kids!

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Watermelon Squishes

via Buggy and Buddy

Watermelon Oobleck

via Gift of Curiosity

Watermelon Cutout Shapes

via Raising Dragons

Watermelon Popsicle Stick Craft

via Sunny Day Family

Paper Watermelon Template

via Moms and Crafters

Watermelon Garland

via School Time Snippets

Watermelon Ships

via Adventure in a Box

Exploding Watermelon

via 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Watermelon Volcano

via Little Bins for Little Hands

Painted Watermelon Rocks

via Projects with Kids

Watermelon Slime

via Simple Everyday Mom

Paper Plate Watermelon

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via The Gingerbread House

Looking for more crafts and activities to do with kids? Check out my Kiddie Crafts Pinterest board!

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Leaf Crafts Kids Will Love

As I get older, I think fall is becoming my favorite season. I love how bright the leaves turn and how the trees look against the bright blue sky while I’m out driving. The cooler weather means more outdoor time as well. It’s my favorite time of the year to go on walks and runs.

And drinking a cup of coffee doesn’t make me sweat!

Today I’ve rounded up some leaf crafts and activities your kids can do using craft supplies you have at home and the things your kids probably pick up while they’re playing outside!

Leaf Crafts Your Kids Will Love

Make your own fall decorations using clay and a leaf cookie cutter. I love how these clay fall leaves by Rhythms of Play turned out.

Dot-a-Dot markers are great for preschoolers. Let them collect leaves and use the markers to create leaf prints like this one by Raising Dragons.

No paint? No problem! Edventures with Kids shows you how to create leaf prints using paper and a hammer!

Fall Leaf Mobile

This autumn watercolor leaf mobile is stunning! Happiness is Homemade walks you through the steps on how to make one of your own using the Sizzix Big Shot manual die-cutting and embossing machine.

You’d be amazed at what allergens can be found in craft supplies. Gift of Curiosity shows you how to create a cool piece of shadow art using Kwick Stix, which are tempera paint markers that egg, nut, and gluten-free!

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds shows you how to make fall leaf suncatchers. It’s a great project for toddlers to work on their fine motor skills and they’d make a great decoration for your home or classroom!

If your kids are like mine, they love collecting the things they find in nature while we are on our walks. This fall wreath craft by Mommy’s Bundle is a great way for your kids to use the colorful leaves and acorns they find!

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You can also use the leaves your child picks up to make these adorable Leaf People like Thimble and Twig did!

School Times n Snippets shows you how to make another easy easy autumn leaf suncatcher.

I love handprint crafts and this Fall Handprint Tree from Simple Everyday Mom is an easy one for your kids to create. You can also do something similar using real leaves as Non-Toy Gifts does!

These Stained Glass Leaf Suncatchers by Adventure in a Box are a great project if your kids are older and you’ve got a laminator at home. Aren’t they stunning?

You don’t even need to use paper to make suncatchers. Check out the one The Gingerbread House made using contact paper and fallen leaves.

Jazz up your glass jars by using permanent markers and leaves as a stencil. Organized 31 shows you how!

Mason Jar Candle Holder Autumn Leaves

Natural Beach Living shows you how to make Fall Leaf Candle Holders using artificial leaves and hot glue/mod podge. They’d make great Thanksgiving decorations as well!

Playing with clay is a great sensory activity. I love these easy leaf pinch pots by Red Ted Art.

I remember making bracelets, crowns, and necklaces out of clovers.  Ruffles and Rainbots kicks it up a notch by making crowns using fall leaves!

Check out this amazing Autumn Leaf Painting by Arty Crafty Kids using paint and leaves found outside.

This Cereal Fall Tree craft is a great (and yummy) way for kids to create art and work on fine motor skills!

Have your kids ever picked up a really beautiful leaf and wanted to keep it? Buggy and Buddy shows you how to preserve them in this post.

Which leaf crafts do you think your kids will want to try? What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Kid-Created Father’s Day Cards

Father’s Day is right around the corner, but with a new baby, heading off to the store to pick out the perfect Father’s Day cards from me and the boys just isn’t going to happen. We have a bunch of craft supplies though, so we’ll be doing what I did for my own dad growing up: creating our own Father’s Day cards for Mr Boots!

Hug Monster Card

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The boys and I created these Hug Monster cards a couple of years ago. They loved making the chains and drawing faces on their monsters.

Ninja Father’s Day Card

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Got a dad with ninja skills? Show how much you love and appreciate him with this easy-to-make ninja card by The Joy of Sharing!

Handprint Cards

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Let your kids create a portrait of their dad by decorating an outline of their hand! Get the step-by-step instructions at Non Toy Gifts!

You’re The Coolest

You're the Coolest Father's Day Cards by Homeschool Preschool | Kid-Created Father's Day Cards via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

I love this adorable popsicle card by Homeschool Preschool. Totally fitting since Father’s Day is in June, around the same time as the start of summer!

Origami Shirts

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If you’ve got a suit and tie type of Dad, he might love these easy origami shirts by Hello Wonderful.

Toilet Paper Roll Greeting Card

Happy Father's Day Toilet Paper Roll Greeting Card by Pink Stripey Socks | Homemade father's day cards via muddybootsanddiamonds.com

If you’re anything like my family, you probably go through a lot of toilet paper. I love Pink Stripey Socks’ idea of using the empty toilet paper rolls to make a Father’s Day card!

Handprint Turtle Card

Green Handprint Turtle Craft

I love handprint crafts because you can see how much your child has grown from year to year. This turtle handprint card by Red Ted Art is a great way for your kids to let Dad know how awesome he is!

You Are Turtley Awesome

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Let your kids decorate their own turtles in this easy turtle Father’s Day card using the template from Little Fish Blog.

Also check out these kid-created Father’s Day cards:

You Rock Father’s Day Card by A Dab of Glue Will Do

 

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