Whether you are looking to dress up your picnic table for the Fourth of July, spruce up the entry way to your home, or just add a little something extra to your next BBQ, this patriotic planter craft is the perfect project to kick start summer.
- Materials Needed
- 10 inch plastic planter- red- $2.48
- 8 inch plastic planter- grey- $1.96
- 6 inch plastic planter- blue- $.96
- Red flower plant
- White flower plant
- Blue flower plant
- ABC stencils (Letters needed USA)- Mega Stencil Set- $2.50
- Assorted Stencils- (Star Shape needed)- $3.47
- Apple Barrel Gloss Acrylic Paint- White
- Paper Towel
- Paper Plate
All supplies found at Walmart
All supplies found at Walmart
This project is super simple to make. The perfect kind of craft to do on a rainy afternoon. All the materials I used in this craft I found at Walmart either in the garden department or the craft section of my store. One can easily customize this project to fit a variety of different themes. Use your imagination and get creative.
To get started I first picked out the stencils that I needed: Letters U, S, A, & a Star Shape. Use a paper plate to hold the acrylic paint for easy clean up. Starting with the star stencil and the blue, smallest planter. Position the stencil on the planter where you want the star to be located. One can hold it with their fingers or add some double stick tape on the underside of the stencil to hold it in place. I used the edge of the planter as my guide. With a paper towel that I had balled up, dip it a little bit into the paint and sponge onto your stencil. I didn’t want my designs to be a solid color so I just dabbed the paint on to give a sponged effect.
After all of the stars have been sponged onto the small, blue planter set it aside to dry. Then with the same paint and paper towel, “sponge” the letters U, S, A, on the center of the red, large planter in the same way you did the stars.
Lastly, it’s time to give that grey, middle planter some paint. Instead of painting stripes all over it, I decided just to paint the center of the planter using the “sponging” technique.
Allow to dry completely before adding plants.
Once everything is completely dry, it’s time to add the plants. I picked out 3 flowering plants in the garden section at Walmart. One white, one red, and one blue to match our planters. We are going to plant each plant in its corresponding planter, so the red plant goes with the red planter, etc.
You may need some extra potting soil for this part. In the red planter, add enough potting soil to the bottom of the planter so that the plant when planted will reach the top of the pot. When planting the red flowing plant, break the plant in half and plant along one side of the planter. We are doing this because we need room to place our medium sized (grey) planter inside of our red planter. Fill the red planter with potting soil all the way to the rim. Next add our grey planter in the empty space in our red planter. Plant the white flowering plant inside the grey planter the same way we did the red planter making sure to leave enough room (by placing our plant on one side of pot) to place our blue, small planter. Lastly, plant the blue flowering plant inside the blue, small planter directly in the center filling in any gaps around the edges with potting soil.
Now all you have to do is show it off! Where you display your patriotic planter is up to you! Have fun crafting :)