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Gardening with Kids: Rainbow Pour Pots

The next installment of gardening with kids is going to be centered around decorating flower pots – BUT! These are going to be cuter than your typical hand-painted pot. Flashback to being 10 years old and making a painted pot for my mother at school: she still has it in her kitchen and it is capital ‘U’ ugly. Aren’t mothers the best?

This is a rainbow pour pot, and yeah, it does use a lot of paint so be sure to pick some up from the dollar store.


You’ll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Tinfoil
  • A terra-cotta pot spray painted white
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paints



  1. Crumple your tinfoil to create a base for your pot making sure that you are not holding any air inside the pot, but that you’re also keeping the pot off of the cardboard as well as not touching the lip of the pot.
  2. Cover the drainage hole with a piece of masking tape.
  3. Start with a large sized blob on top of the pot in the color of your child’s choice.
  4. Add another color and make a slightly smaller blob on top of that.
  5. Continue choosing colors your child names with various colors, each clog of color will be a little smaller and you will notice the paint spreading out toward the edge.
  6. Each time you add more paint it is going to begin to push the paint over the edge in large drips.
  7. Once the drips are going over the edge you can start a new circle of paint somewhere else on the top of the pot.
  8. You can either keep going until your whole flower pot is covered, or leave it with areas of white with colorful drips down over the edge.
  9. Allow your pots to dry overnight and for up to 24 hours just to ensure that all the paint is dry.
  10. Once your pot is dry, re-poke the hold in the bottom of the pot.

Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids

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