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Easy summer time crafts using the decoupage technique

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Are you looking for an easy craft idea you can do with your kids this summer? How about putting some flowers on your flower pots? This simple idea is fun to make and you can use it for more than just summer flower pots. Whether you try this on a rainy summer day, or you let the heat of the sun help speed things up a bit, either way, this craft won't take long at all.

What you need:

  • Terra Cotta flower pot - the size is up to you, but I would use something small for starters
  • Paper napkins with a design of your choice - you might still have some laying around
  • Decoupage Glue
  • 3 paintbrushes - use a separate one for the decoupage glue as well as for the cracking finish
  • Acrylic paint - two colors for the base and top coat; I used dark brown and light beige
  • Clear finish - I prefer spray
  • Clear cracking finish - it's the same concept as the new style of nail polish

Instructions:

  1. Make sure your pot is dry and clean before painting it with your base coat color, then let it dry. I usually leave the top rim untouched.
  2. Once your base coat is dry, apply the crackle finish. Be careful that you don't add too much. Let it dry.
  3. Finally, put your top coat color on and watch how the finish cracks open to reveal the color of your base coat and - you guessed it: wait for it to dry.
  4. While you wait, take your napkin and cut out the design you want as neatly as possible. You will only need the top layer for this project.
  5. Place the napkin design on your pot and arrange it carefully the way you want it. Apply a thin coat of decoupage glue all over the napkin and let it dry.
  6. Spray your pot with the clear finish. Once it is dry you can decorate away.

Whether you want to plant flowers in your pots or just use them as decorative items around your house is entirely up to you. You can use any design for your pots that you can find. Maybe a flower pot with Santa Claus on it, or rather a harvest inspired theme? These pots also make cute and inexpensive gifts.

Extra Tip #1: If you do this craft with younger kids, find a motive that is easy to cut out and doesn't have too many details. The bigger the better for little hands and keep it simple.

Extra Tip #2: You can glue a piece of fabric to the inside of the pot as a liner and leave some hanging over. Fill the pot with treats like cookies or candy. Tie a ribbon our the overlapping fabric to close it and you have a great homemade gift!

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