Friday, May 30, 2014

Washi Tape Flower Pot Spring Craft for Kids

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Looking for a quick and easy craft for kids? Try making a washi tape flower pot! This spring craft would also make a great homemade gift idea for Mother's Day.

I love easy crafts. I also love washi tape projects.

And I especially love easy crafts that double up as homemade gifts to give. Just pop in a little succulent, maybe a potted aloe vera plant, a cacti, or small flower into the finished plant pot.

Take this cute washi tape flower pot craft idea for instance. While we initially made them to keep and grow some herbs in, my boys ultimately decided to gift them to their Mee-Maw (aka my mother-in-law) for her birthday since she likes flowers.

This spring craft is great for kids of all ages. Yes, even toddlers and preschoolers, which is precisely the age my kids were at the time of creating these. But I knew my kids would love making these given their love for playing with tape. I feel like most kids probably enjoy playing with tape...would you agree?

Anyway, I love how these flower pots turned out. They're the perfect mess-free flower pot decoration ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Much better than trying to paint them or something.

I also love that they are so simple and inexpensive to make! We just used materials that we had on hand or that can be picked up from the dollar store. Well, at least my dollar store carries a washi tape roll or two these days. Hopefully yours does too.

As an added bonus, flower pot decoration projects like this craft are a great way to work on fine motor skills and sneak in some extra scissor skills practice with your kids. Ready to make some yourself? Let's take a look at what you'll need...

Washi tape flower pot spring craft for kids

A version of this post originally appeared on the CBC Parents website.

Washi Tape Flower Pot Craft: What You'll Need

There are two things toddlers love: scissors and tape. Okay, maybe it's just my toddler that loves these things...regardless, whenever I tell him that scissors or tape will be involved in some activity or craft, he is ready to go! So, to play off of his interests, we used both scissors and tape for this craft.

You don't need much in terms of supplies to make these. Just a couple of things from the dollar store. 

Here's the full list of what you'll need to make some washi tape decorated flower pots with your kids:

  • Scissors - To cut the washi tape into smaller pieces

Simply set out the flower pots, washi tape, and scissors for your child. I set out one pot for each of my boys, as well as their own pair of scissors. The tape was a free-for-all and they could pick and share whichever tapes they wanted.

The Mod Podge will be used later on, once the flower pots are all done and decorated.

Two flower pots decorated with washi tape

How to Make Your Own Washi Tape Flower Pot Crafts

Let your child pick out the tape they want to use and cut it into little strips. My two year old liked to put the tape on the top of the pot, like shown below, to make it easier to cut.

Close up of a toddler cutting yellow washi tape with scissors

And look at how pleased he is! He is completely in his element, happily cutting and taping away.

Happy toddler with scissors who is decorating a flower pot with washi tape

Once the tape is cut, simply place the tape strips onto the pot however you want. Then repeat the process of cut and stick over and over until done.

Close up of a toddler's hands placing colorful washi tape on a small flower pot

My four year old also enjoyed making this craft, but maybe not to the same extent as my youngest. My oldest made quick work of his flower pot, declared he was all done, and moved on to something else. I do love the contrasting patterns and colors that he chose for his flower pot, as well as the layering.

Small flower pot decorated by a child using washi tape

Once the boys were done decorating their flower pots, I sealed them with two coats of Mod Podge.

After they dry, you can plant some herbs or succulents in the finished flower pots. Then you can display them around the house or gift them to a grandparent or relative as a gift.

That's it for this simple washi tape flower pot craft. Have fun crafting!

Washi tape flower pot spring craft for kids