DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Father's Day Party Pot
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This 4" terra cotta pot can be used to hold napkins and utensils
at a Father's day barbeque.
You can also make smaller pots as name holders or fill with treats for
guests to take home.
The hearts are from the printable template so you won't
be forced to try to paint on perfect heart shapes!
- 4" terra cotta pot (these cost 89 cents Canadian at Home Depot so it
isn't a big expense). You can substitute ordinary green plastic pots
but they tend to blow away in the wind. If you use a green plastic
pot, put something heavy in the bottom to keep it stable.
- Optional: terra cotta pot bottom (another 89 cents... Though you
don't really need it if you're just making the pot to hold utensils and
- Printer, paper and scissors.
- white glue or mod podge
- white glue works just fine for affixing the hearts. But mod podge is
water resistant (though not totally water proof), white glue isn't.
- Having said that, it's also very smelly... I can just feel the brain
cells popping when I use mod podge. If doing this project with
younger kids, just stick with white glue.
- A parent can always go back in the evening when the kids are asleep
and coat the whole project with a coat spray varnish. My girls are
convinced there's a spray varnish fairy out there covering special craft
projects with magic varnish in the middle of the night. They're
always so excited to see if their latest project was special enough to
warrant the spray varnish fairy's finishing touch.
- blue paint.
- acrylic paint is the best choice if you want this project to last
forever. But, if you get it on your clothes, the paint lasts
forever there too!
- tempra paint works just fine, but it isn't water proof.
- the spray varnish trick works over tempra paint! Make sure you
coat the inside of the pot as well as the outside.
- WHAT I DO: I "bulk paint" terra cotta pots white or
light grey. I often do this when we're painting the house or the
fence... I just use the same paint or stain I use for the house and
fence. I paint about 20 of them, stick them in the spare room and
pull them out as needed. The white/light grey are easier to cover
with tempra paint than the terra cotta color. When a project is
finished, the spray varnish fairy comes along to seal in the outside.
- Paint the pot blue.
- Paint the pot holder bottom blue if you choose to buy one.
- Set the pot aside to dry (it takes about an hour).
- Print out the template of hearts.
- Cut out the template pieces. You won't need them all for one
pot, but I gave extras. Younger children should be able to cut
these out without too much difficulty as they just need to cut
somewhere between the solid line and the dotted line.
- When the pot is dry, add a second coat of blue as
necessary. Let dry again.
- When the pot is dry and you're happy with the coverage of the blue, glue or mod podge the hearts around the pot in whatever
- Fill the pot with utensils and napkins or with treats for your
Alternative - name tags:
- use 2 inch pots instead of 4"
- Paint as described above.
- Glue a couple of hearts onto the pot.
- Put some blue or white playdough into the pot
- Write out a card with each person's name and glue it to the end of a
- stick it into the playdough
- Close the template window after printing to
return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER
SETUP in most browsers).
Printable version of