DIY Cute and Quirky Flower Pot Person for Your Garden

  • 01 of 09

    How to Make a Simple Flower Pot Lady

    flower pot lady
    Rita Shehan

    Decorate your garden with a cute flower pot person. This project is suitable for kids ages eight and older. It only takes about one hour, plus drying time!

    Many gardeners enjoy decorating their green spaces with whimsical accents. Why not add some cute flower pot people to your outside area? Flower pot people are so easy and fun to craft that you'll want to make many versions of this project with your kids.

    Once you understand the construction process, you'll be able to whip up a flower pot person in no time for under $30. There are various levels of complexity when constructing flower pot people, but we will focus on the most uncomplicated design.

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  • 02 of 09

    Gather the Materials

    materials needed for flower pot people
    Rita Shehan

    This project is a great way to recycle old flower pots. The rest of the materials you may find you already have on hand.

    Note: The pot sizes that we recommend for this project are just suggestions. You can use any size pot you wish, to make the project as big or as small as you'd like.

    • Two 8-inch clay pots
    • Four 4-inch clay pots
    • Acrylic craft paint
    • Clear acrylic sealer 
    • Strong glue
    • Two 3-foot pieces of macrame cord, or some other type of strong rope
    • Paintbrush
    • Scissors


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  • 03 of 09

    Painting the Clay Pots

    painted flower potsRita
    Rita Shehan

    Although you can make this project with plastic pots, we prefer to use terracotta pots. Terracotta is a porous material that paint sticks to well.

    Begin by painting the pots however you like. The 4-inch terracotta flower pots (or the smaller pots, if you're using different sizes) will be the flower pot person's arms and legs; the two 8-inch pots (or the larger pots) will be the flower pot person's body and head. Paint accordingly! Paint different designs and shapes onto the pot for the body of your flower pot lady. Paint the other larger terracotta pot to look like a face.

    If you have an overabundance of brush strokes, you may have to paint two layers to get a smooth surface. Let the paint dry and then seal the paint with several thin coats of clear acrylic sealer.

    If you are a bit stuck as to how to decorate your flower pot person, just hop on over to Pinterest for inspiration. You will literally find hundreds of painted flower pot people to guide and inspire you!

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  • 04 of 09

    Assembling the Clay Pot Arm

    knot on inside bottom of clay pot
    Rita Shehan

    Take one of the painted 4-inch pots that represents an arm and place it on a table upside down.

    Cut a piece of macrame cord about 3 feet long and run it through the drainage hole on the upside down 4-inch pot.

    Tie a knot onto the end of the macrame cord inside the pot, making sure the knot is larger than the size of the drainage hole.

    Pull the knotted cord up until the knot is flush with the bottom inside of the 4-inch pot.

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  • 05 of 09

    Attaching the Arm to the Body

    cord through arm and body
    Rita Shehan

    Take the end of the macrame cord that is run through the 4-inch terracotta pot (the side that isn't knotted) and run it through the drainage hole on the upside down 8-inch terracotta pot that represents the body of the flower pot person.

    You will now have a cord running up through the arm and down into the body pot drainage hole, peeking out at the bottom, as in the photo above.

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  • 06 of 09

    Start Building the First Clay Pot Leg

    flower pot hand body and foot
    Rita Shehan

    Take the unknotted cord that is peeking out from the bottom of the body-pot, and run it into the drainage hole of an upside down pot that represents the leg of the flower pot person.

    Tie a knot and pull the cord so that it is flush against the inside drainage hole of the smaller pot that represents the leg. Pull the arm and leg to level it out against the body. You may want to put your project on some type of stand at this point, as it will make the next step easier.

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  • 07 of 09

    Finish the Clay Pot Legs and Arms

    flower pot person parts
    Rita Shehan

    Repeat the previous instructions on the other side. You should now have something that looks like this photo.

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  • 08 of 09

    Attach the Head to Your Flower Pot Person

    flower pot person
    Rita Shehan

    You can now place the flower pot person in your garden and then attach the head. Some people place the head directly onto the body without glueing it and fill it with soil and flowers.

    If you wish to make your head more secure, you may glue the head onto the body. Pick some pretty plants or flowers to represent the flower pot person's hair and plant as you would a normal flower pot.

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  • 09 of 09

    Get Ready for the Compliments

    flower pot person outside
    Rita Shehan

    Your simple flower pot person is now a beautiful yard decoration! You will love how cute they look in your garden and might want to make a couple more to add whimsical delight to your backyard decor.