These ombre plant pots are simple to make and will look great no matter how you use them!
Hello, I’m Amy from amylanham.com. I’m always looking for fun projects to do with my kids and I absolutely love plants. So I thought these ombre plant pots would be a fun project for us.
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My daughter loves painting and crafts. My son could take it or leave it. Sometimes he’s really in to a project and other times he’s not.
He wasn’t as much of a fan of this project and my daughter had a little more of a difficult time with this project than most. I’ll explain a little more below. But this was still a fun, simple project and I love the way it turned out.
How To Make Ombre Plant Pots
There’s only a few simple supplies need to make the ombre plant pots and you probably have most of them already.
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
Craft Tools Needed:
Tips for Making Ombre Plant Pots
What age is this craft for?
Usually I say that you can change a craft for any age. But this ombre plant pot was really difficult for my almost 5 year old.
She didn’t understand what ombre meant and really wanted to paint the pot her own way. Which isn’t a problem! But if you specifically want ombre pots, I’d do this with kids a little bit older.
In order to describe what ombre was, I took a piece of paper and showed mixing the pink with the white so that there was a gradient effect. My daughter sort of understood, but mostly just wanted to get to painting!
Practice on a Piece of Paper Beforehand
I mentioned above showing my daughter on a piece of paper what an ombre looked like. I also used the paper as an opportunity to practice the ombre.
It was helpful for me to practice mixing and see what it would look like. So I recommend practicing on a piece of paper either way.
Depending on your temperature and humidity the paint may dry super fast, so you might not have a long time to work. Practicing on a piece of paper will let you get a feel for how the colors will mix on your pot and how fast you need to work.
It would be great to let kids practice on paper too so they can see as well how the colors mix, without starting on their pot.
I’m worried about the pot breaking, what type of pot should I use?
Terra cotta was the wrong choice here. The pots turned out beautiful, but when doing projects with kids, you never want the item to break.
Not only can it be dangerous if an item breaks, it also is just really sad. But it’s also a learning experience. If you’ve never read the book Beautiful Oops, I highly recommend it.
My daughter dropped her pot in the middle of painting. It broke in half and shards scattered about. She was fine, but extremely sad about her pot. She was already having a hard time with the ombre, so this made it worse.
We talked about Beautiful Oops and how now these pots would be the perfect critter houses in our garden. We finished painting our pots, let them dry, and then tucked them in among the plants in our garden.
While it’s not a big deal that they broke, and I love the little critter houses, if I had to do it again I might use plastic pots instead. Or just be extra careful. Maybe paint them on the floor!
Ombre Plant Pots
- 2 Paint Brushes one for each main color
- 1 White Paint
- 1 Any color paint
- 1 Pot
- Start painting the top 3/4 of your pot with any paint color.
- Without letting the paint dry, paint the bottom half of your pot with the white paint.
- As the white paint meets the color paint, start to mix the color slightly so that it gets darker as you go up the pot.
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