How To Make Personality Pots
Take a rainy Saturday afternoon, two visiting nieces aged 8 and 13 (almost 14), and an impending, “I’m bored!” and you usually have a recipe for a very loooooooong day. Unless you are fortunate enough to come up with a craft that is easy, inexpensive, and guaranteed to put a smile on every face (and pot) around! Well, guess what? Today’s your lucky day, because we’re going to teach you how to make personality pots. Not only is this fun project a hit with kids, it would also be a terrific gift for a newly-engaged couple, a super original housewarming present, a unique hostess gift, a thoughtful pet remembrance – we could go on all day! But we won’t. Here’s all you need to get started:
- One unused empty one gallon paint can
- Clear contact paper
- Digital camera or iPhone
- Color printer
- Copy paper
- Small indoor plant (4 – 6″ pot)
- Smiling face
Time: 30 minutes
STEP ONE: Photo. Take a closeup head shot of the smiling face you’d like to feature on your personality pot.
STEP TWO: Download. Transfer the photo to your computer so that you can print it. If just reading this instruction gives you a stomachache, never fear. Follow this link where you’ll find super simple step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) on how to accomplish this step.
STEP THREE: Print. Print out the head shot photo that you just took. Depending on the size of your paint can/pot, you may need to enlarge or decrease the size of your subject’s head, in order to fit on the front side of the can/pot, so this step may need to be repeated a time or two until you get the right size.
STEP FOUR: Cut. Cut out the subject’s head so that only the face remains. We chose to follow the chin line as our guide, and lopped off the ears and the hair. Depending on the subject’s face, you may want to leave the ears, especially if your subject happens to be a cute canine whose ears give it personality!
STEP FIVE: Off with the head. Once you’ve cut out the face, it’s time to get ruthless and chop off the top of the head! Cut straight across the head, an inch or two above the eyebrows. (Kids love this step!)
STEP SIX: Contact paper. Measure and cut the contact paper so that it covers the front side of the can. We used a piece of copy paper as a pattern of sorts, which worked quite well. Measure the paper so that it fully covers the can’s front from top to bottom, leaving an extra 1/4 inch or so at the top.
STEP SEVEN: Position face. Carefully position the face facedown onto the sticky side of the contact paper, making sure that the top of the head is about 1/4 inch from the top of the contact paper.
STEP EIGHT: Position contact paper. Now it’s time to adhere the contact paper to the can! Locate the center of the front of the can, and attach the contact paper from the center out. Work slowly, smoothing out bubbles as you go.
STEP NINE: Trim. Trim the excess contact paper that is sticking up over the top edge of the can, making sure to leave a small rim of affixed contact paper over the forehead so that you don’t have an open gap at the top of the head.
STEP TEN: Plant. Add your plant/hair to the paint can, and voila! You have just created your very own personality pot. Well done!
1. We chose a One Gallon Empty Paint Can as our pot to avoid the additional geometric skills needed to cover a tapered pot with the contact paper. Empty paint cans are available at big box home improvement stores, or online. Although we think the one gallon cans make more of a statement, the one quart cans could be used instead, for a more petite look.
2. We opted to only cover the front of the can with the contact paper, but if you’d like to place an image on both sides, you can certainly repeat STEP EIGHT!
3. Speaking of contact paper, we found that the precut sheets in the craft aisle were much more expensive than the Con-Tact Brand Self-Adhesive Clear Protective Liner that comes in a roll, so we opted to cut it ourselves, and now we have almost a full roll to use for the next project!
4. 6 inch pots slide right in to the one gallon paint cans and are a perfect fit, but if you’ve chosen a 4 inch potted plant you’ll need to fill the paint can with some type of filler to boost the pot up to the right height. We used an empty 4 inch Terracotta pot and placed it in the bottom of the paint can upside-down.
5. Since the kids were given the chance to choose their own “hair,” we weren’t sure of the end result, but the verticality of the Bromeliad and the flowing leaves of the Ivy both worked equally well. Any house plant that can reasonable pass for green hair will do!
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