Fingerprint Flower Pot Tutorial – Crafts by Amanda


This sweet fingerprint flower pot can be made with supplies you probably have on hand. This project will easily engage kids from 3-10 years old with a lot of creative steps and makes a perfect project for Spring!

Fingerprint Flower Pot Tutorial

These flower pots are a great keepsake for Mother’s Day or as a birthday present. It reminds me of this Bouquet of Fingerprint Flowers! In case you don’t have terra cotta pots, I’ve included some alternatives you can use instead.

You can extend this project by planting seeds in the pots and turning it into a science lesson by having kids document the sprout and growth of the seeds. Or, you may love the idea of creating Homemade Plantable Seed Paper that you can include with some soil as part of the gift!

Craft supplies you will need

supplies for making a thumbprint flower pot

Alternatives:

  • If you have old plastic pots, use a fine grit sandpaper and gently scuff up the outside so the paint sticks to the pot. You can see our complete tips for painting on plastic here.
  • Paper cups work great too! I would skip steps 1-4 and start on step 5 below.

Optional:

  • Soil and seeds
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber bands
fingerprint flower pot with a succulent in it

Craft information

  • Age Level: 3-10 years old. Younger kids (3-5) will need help with some steps.
  • Mess Factor: Messy. Acrylic paint is permanent so make sure kids wear an apron or old shirt. Permanent marker will also stain and can wash off skin eventually.
  • Time to Complete: 45 minutes including drying time.
  • Cost estimate: 6” terra cotta pots are about $1.50 each.

Craft Tips

  • As an alternative to using newspaper to cover my work surface, I use an old window shade. It is easy to clean and once dry, I roll it back up to use next time!
  • To dry paint quickly, use a hair dryer on low setting.
  • If the acrylic paint is too thick, mix in a couple drops of water to thin it out.
  • If you are concerned about spilling paint, scoop some paint onto a damp sponge and have kids dip their fingers in the sponge instead.
pressing finger into paint on sponge

How to Make a Fingerprint Pot:

  1. Make sure the flower pots are clean. Wash and dry as needed.
  2. Use the white acrylic paint to paint the outside of the pot and the dish. Dry with hair dryer on low setting. Repeat these steps until you have a nice white dry surface. It took me 4 coats of paint to get good cover.
painting a terra cotta pot
  1. Mix a light yellow by adding yellow acrylic to the white in small amounts and mix with brush. Paint the rim of the terra cotta pot and the dish, or the bottom part of the plastic pot (or rim). It took 2 coats of yellow for each part that I painted. Dry with hair dryer.
  2. At this point, kids should stop and wash their hands, paint palette, and brushes.
dipping fingers in paint
  1. In the paint palette, mix up the colors you want to use for the fingerprint flowers.
  2. Choose 1 color and lightly press a finger into the paint and then “stamp” flower designs on the pot. Use the damp paper towel to wipe the paint off that finger and choose a different color and “stamp” additional designs on the pot. You can layer multiple colors on top for petals, and use your thumb and a different color for the center of the flower. Dry with hair dryer.
creating flowers with paint and fingerprints
  1. At this point again, kids should stop and wash their hands.
  2. Using the green marker, add stems and leaves to the flowers.

Optional: Fill pot with soil mix and plant your seeds following the directions on the seed packet. Water soil until damp. Use a piece of plastic wrap to cover the top of the pot and secure with a rubber band. Put the pot in a sunny spot. Keep plastic wrap on until you see seeds start to sprout (usually 5-10 days) then remove.

little boy holding a fingerprint flower pot

This fingerprint flower pot is fun for kids to make and a perfect keepsake gift which can be kept for years to come! Plant seeds or flowers in them and enjoy their cheery spot on a windowsill.

You can even attach one of these Printable Mother’s Day Cards to make it even more special if you are giving this as a Mother’s Day gift. 

More Clay Pot Crafts

painted terra cotta pot

Print Project

Fingerprint Flower Pot

These fingerprint flower pots make the perfect keepsake gift idea for spring! Plant seeds or flowers in them to give for Mother’s Day or for a birthday.

Crafting Time40 mins

5 minutes dry time5 mins

Total Time45 mins

Age Group: Kids Crafts

Project Type: Spring

Makes: 1 pot

Supplies

  • 1 6-inch Terracotta pot with tray
  • Acrylic paint in assorted colors for the flowers
  • White and yellow acrylic paint for the pot
  • Green permanent marker or paint pen

Craft tools

  • Paint palette

  • paintbrushes

  • Tablecloth or newspaper

Instructions

How to Make a Fingerprint Pot:

  • Make sure the flower pots are clean. Wash and dry as needed.

  • Use the white acrylic paint to paint the outside of the pot and the dish. Dry with hair dryer on low setting. Repeat these steps until you have a nice white dry surface. It took me 4 coats of paint to get a good coat.

  • Mix a light yellow by adding yellow acrylic to the white in small amounts and mix with brush. Paint the rim of the terra cotta pot and the dish, or the bottom part of the plastic pot (or rim). It took 2 coats of yellow for each part that I painted. Dry with hair dryer.

  • In the palette, mix up the colors you want to use for the finger print flowers.

  • Choose 1 color and lightly press a finger into the paint and then “stamp” flower designs on the pot. Wash or wipe paint off that finger and choose a different color and “stamp” additional designs on the pot. You can layer multiple colors on top for petals, and use your thumb and a different color for the center of flower. Dry with hair dryer.

  • Using the green marker, add stems and leaves to the flowers

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • As an alternative to using newspaper to cover my work surface, I use an old window shade. It is easy to clean and once dry, I roll it back up to use next time!
  • To dry paint quickly, use a hair dryer on low setting
    If the acrylic paint is too thick, mix in a couple drops of water to thin it out.
  • If you have old plastic pots, use a fine grit sandpaper and gently scuff up the outside so the paint sticks to the pot.

This post originally published here on Apr 10, 2020.

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