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Flowerpot Word Garden - Earth Friendly Craft with Duck Tape - Picture Demo - Printable Instructions

Updated on June 2, 2014

Summer is for fun and flowers.

Fields of flowers are one of my favorite things about summer. I don't think I ever met a flower I didn't like. Did you?

This article will detail in pictures and words how to make the Flowerpot Word Garden in the pictures. The directions can be applied to any color scheme or theme desired. The word art part is of course, optional.

I like the current fashion trend of using word art, for lack of a better term, in home d├ęcor. Me being me, I don't like the prices that it typically goes for. Here's a neat, easy and most affordable way to create some of your own, or just a cool flower garden display for a windowsill, book case, shelf, or anywhere really. The best part is that it won't wilt!

Image credits; All photographs are my own original pictures taken by me, Vix.

Faith flowerpot word garden
Faith flowerpot word garden
I love these for motivation
I love these for motivation

Check the photo gallery below.

You will learn what makes it smell like flowers, too.

This is a simple craft that does not require much in the way of supplies. It's highly adaptable and very forgiving.

The main materials are tin cans, pie tins, doilies, paper napkins, glue, Popsicle sticks, Epsom Salts and Duck Tape, also commonly referred to as duct tape. Most of this, if not all, you most likely already have.

This project can be done by children or adults. Regular white glue would work for the little ones. They do need to be big enough to be trusted not to try putting anything in their mouths, or be supervised, if that is not the case.

Lastly, while it is really super simple to make, it does take some time. Smaller children will benefit from doing it in stages with breaks between.

I used stamps and ink to make the letters here, but you could just as easily draw them, or print them off the internet and glue them on. At the end of the article, you will find printable directions for how to make your own flowerpot word art garden. You will also find a list of supplies and good substitutions.

How to make a Flowerpot Word Garden

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Get all needed items assembled. The basic materials include clean, dry cans for the pots, pie tins and doilies for the flowers, crafting sticks or Popsicle sticks for the stems, and Epsom salts for the dirt. Tin foil, Duct tape and a Sharpie will alsCover the cans in Duck Tape. You may need to do more than one ring around the can depending on how tall it is. Be sure to leave some to fold over the top and the bottom. Don't worry about sticking it down well up top. The weight of the salts will takJust keep taping until covered. Press over on the top and the bottom. You can make it smooth or wrinkled. I kind of like the wrinkles.Going over the seam lines with a Sharpie and then wiping off will help hide the seams.Cover the pie tins in tin foil.Press the tin foil down really good on the edges and into the sides and bottom of the pie plate. It's Okay if it bunches up at the bottom. Do this for all of your pie tins.Use the Sharpie to color around the edges and down the inside edges of the interior of the pie tin walls.Color your crafting or Popsicle sticks with the Sharpie, or you could cover them in duct tape.Glue the sticks to the back of the pie tins.Stamp the small doilies with the letters you pick to spell out the word or words of your choice. You could hand write this step or glue down printed or cut out words.Apply a good bit of glue directly to the inside of the pie tin. Center the stamped doilies and press down. Hold it in place for a few seconds to prevent slippage.Be sure to center your stamped flower center (pie tin). I did the stamps first, and then had to be really careful to get the sticks centered right. I think it will be easier to do the sticks first and then just be sure your stamped centers are in posLay the larger doilies on the work surface. Apply a good bit of glue to the center part.Press the bottom side of the pie tins over the larger doilies and press down firmly. Hold in place for a few seconds. Be sure to center the tins.In a plastic or disposable bowl (THAT YOU WILL NOT USE FOR EATING AGAIN) add five to seven drops of scented oil and mix together with a spoon or your hands. Wash hands immediately after this step if you mix by hand. I used Jamaican Plumb scented oil,Stuff the napkins into the cans. The easiest way to do this is to put your finger in the middle of the napkin and just push it in that way.Hold the napkin lined can over the bowl of salt and carefully spoon salt into the can.Glue the string of beads around the cans. Just snip them with scissors wherever you need to.Put your flowers in their pots and enjoy!
Get all needed items assembled. The basic materials include clean, dry cans for the pots, pie tins and doilies for the flowers, crafting sticks or Popsicle sticks for the stems, and Epsom salts for the dirt. Tin foil, Duct tape and a Sharpie will als
Get all needed items assembled. The basic materials include clean, dry cans for the pots, pie tins and doilies for the flowers, crafting sticks or Popsicle sticks for the stems, and Epsom salts for the dirt. Tin foil, Duct tape and a Sharpie will als
Cover the cans in Duck Tape. You may need to do more than one ring around the can depending on how tall it is. Be sure to leave some to fold over the top and the bottom. Don't worry about sticking it down well up top. The weight of the salts will tak
Cover the cans in Duck Tape. You may need to do more than one ring around the can depending on how tall it is. Be sure to leave some to fold over the top and the bottom. Don't worry about sticking it down well up top. The weight of the salts will tak
Just keep taping until covered. Press over on the top and the bottom. You can make it smooth or wrinkled. I kind of like the wrinkles.
Just keep taping until covered. Press over on the top and the bottom. You can make it smooth or wrinkled. I kind of like the wrinkles.
Going over the seam lines with a Sharpie and then wiping off will help hide the seams.
Going over the seam lines with a Sharpie and then wiping off will help hide the seams.
Cover the pie tins in tin foil.
Cover the pie tins in tin foil.
Press the tin foil down really good on the edges and into the sides and bottom of the pie plate. It's Okay if it bunches up at the bottom. Do this for all of your pie tins.
Press the tin foil down really good on the edges and into the sides and bottom of the pie plate. It's Okay if it bunches up at the bottom. Do this for all of your pie tins.
Use the Sharpie to color around the edges and down the inside edges of the interior of the pie tin walls.
Use the Sharpie to color around the edges and down the inside edges of the interior of the pie tin walls.
Color your crafting or Popsicle sticks with the Sharpie, or you could cover them in duct tape.
Color your crafting or Popsicle sticks with the Sharpie, or you could cover them in duct tape.
Glue the sticks to the back of the pie tins.
Glue the sticks to the back of the pie tins.
Stamp the small doilies with the letters you pick to spell out the word or words of your choice. You could hand write this step or glue down printed or cut out words.
Stamp the small doilies with the letters you pick to spell out the word or words of your choice. You could hand write this step or glue down printed or cut out words.
Apply a good bit of glue directly to the inside of the pie tin. Center the stamped doilies and press down. Hold it in place for a few seconds to prevent slippage.
Apply a good bit of glue directly to the inside of the pie tin. Center the stamped doilies and press down. Hold it in place for a few seconds to prevent slippage.
Be sure to center your stamped flower center (pie tin). I did the stamps first, and then had to be really careful to get the sticks centered right. I think it will be easier to do the sticks first and then just be sure your stamped centers are in pos
Be sure to center your stamped flower center (pie tin). I did the stamps first, and then had to be really careful to get the sticks centered right. I think it will be easier to do the sticks first and then just be sure your stamped centers are in pos
Lay the larger doilies on the work surface. Apply a good bit of glue to the center part.
Lay the larger doilies on the work surface. Apply a good bit of glue to the center part.
Press the bottom side of the pie tins over the larger doilies and press down firmly. Hold in place for a few seconds. Be sure to center the tins.
Press the bottom side of the pie tins over the larger doilies and press down firmly. Hold in place for a few seconds. Be sure to center the tins.
In a plastic or disposable bowl (THAT YOU WILL NOT USE FOR EATING AGAIN) add five to seven drops of scented oil and mix together with a spoon or your hands. Wash hands immediately after this step if you mix by hand. I used Jamaican Plumb scented oil,
In a plastic or disposable bowl (THAT YOU WILL NOT USE FOR EATING AGAIN) add five to seven drops of scented oil and mix together with a spoon or your hands. Wash hands immediately after this step if you mix by hand. I used Jamaican Plumb scented oil,
Stuff the napkins into the cans. The easiest way to do this is to put your finger in the middle of the napkin and just push it in that way.
Stuff the napkins into the cans. The easiest way to do this is to put your finger in the middle of the napkin and just push it in that way.
Hold the napkin lined can over the bowl of salt and carefully spoon salt into the can.
Hold the napkin lined can over the bowl of salt and carefully spoon salt into the can.
Glue the string of beads around the cans. Just snip them with scissors wherever you need to.Put your flowers in their pots and enjoy!
Glue the string of beads around the cans. Just snip them with scissors wherever you need to.Put your flowers in their pots and enjoy!

Take nothing for granted.

There's no better time to start than today.

All children, and some adults, should be reminded to never sniff the Sharpie.

Letter stamps can be used thousands of times over.

Midwest Products Victorian Letters and Numbers Stepping Stone Stamps
Midwest Products Victorian Letters and Numbers Stepping Stone Stamps

This is the exact same brand I used, but with a different font. Mine was just plain block but this is fancy Victorian. I like these, especially for kids crafting, because they give good looking results and are not expensive. Further, they are double sided. You get numbers and some shapes, too.These are really good for making school presentations, stamping party bags, napkins, gifts, posters, you name it. They will work well for inks, dyes, and paint.

 
The flowers
The flowers

Stellar stamps

Penny Black Clear Stamp Set, Flower Gallery
Penny Black Clear Stamp Set, Flower Gallery

I like to get this kind, the ones stuck to plastic as opposed to the ones mounted on wood. The reason is cost. Take some scrap wood and cut it into blocks. Affix the stamps yourself. You will save boatloads of money on stamps over time. If the stamp is small enough, affixing them to a screw on milk top works great, too and helps the environment while saving you money. These stamps are easy to wash, too. Be sure to keep little items like this put away in child safe places while the youngsters are very small.

 

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This one is so easy.

A single
A single

Print the letters off the computer in pink font. Using pink ink, stamp a flower all around the edge of the inside, smaller doilies.

More beautiful stamps.

I really like the versatility of stamps. They can be mixed and matched with each other or with other kinds of things like stickers, foam cuts, and of course, the ever popular glitter.

Here's a fun way to use a stamp. Paint something with Puffy Paint, just before it's dry, stamp it! You get double the texture.

Lastly, stamps are great for kid crafts as well as adults. Often, children get so quickly discouraged because they do not yet have the fine motor skills required to get great looks. With a stamp, they can get the look while improving the skills. Seeing good results from their efforts lends motivation to keep going. A repetition of that pattern leads to a good work ethic and the self confidence to face new challenges.

Have some fun and give it a go!

Substitutions:

* For salts - Pebbles, stones, marbles, dried beans, cat litter.

* For decoration - Stickers, foam cut outs, beads, pictures.

* For crafting sticks - Pipe cleaners, dowel rods, cardboard strips.

* For doilies - Construction paper, foam sheets, printed pictures.

You can do a whole word or sentence in one flower, - if you want to.

Make a wish flowerpot
Make a wish flowerpot

With this one, the Sharpie step was not done resulting in a plain silver border. I kind of like it. The can is decorated with glitter foam cut out stars and one star shaped stud that I pressed into the tape with my finger. When doing so, be sure to hold the inside of the can at the same time to keep from denting it.

Flowers bloom in the warm summer sun.

Enjoy while you can and have some fun.

For winter's bite will bid them adieu,

until springtime when they come anew.

Do you like crafting with duct tape? - How to make a duct tape rose

Perfect break times for the younger ones:

After the coloring and after the mixing are the perfect break times for the little ones. They need to wash their hands at these points, anyway.

Frugal tip -

Keep a few large and small bowls on hand just for crafting. Permanently mark them so no one gets them mixed in with the good dishes used for eating.

After holiday or seasonal sales, you can grab the huge plastic ones at Wal-Mart four for a dollar.

Think parties -

What a really cute addition this would make to place settings at parties.

For each guest, do a single flower with their name in it. Fill the can with individually wrapped candies :). Kids would love it.

Here's a fun activity that kids will love and moms can afford.

Help them explore a garden of words. They will bloom right alongside the flowers they create.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 - 45 minutes depending on how fancy you get.

Serves: The whole family

Ingredients

  • Tin Cans
  • Pie tins
  • Crafting sticks of Popsicle sticks
  • Duct Tape
  • Tin Foil
  • Epsom Salts
  • Paper napkins
  • Scented oil (optional)
  • Decorations
  • Bling (optional)
  • Doilies big and small

Instructions

  1. Get a bowl that will not be used again for eating, glue, scissors and a Sharpie marker.
  2. Assemble the materials and cover your work surface. This can get messy, so don't use something nice. Newspaper would work well.
  3. Cover the cans in Duck Tape. Fold over on the top and bottom. You may need more than one ring of tape.
  4. Cover the pie tins in tin foil. Press it down really good into all the little cracks.
  5. Color in the little cracks with the Sharpie marker.
  6. Color the crafting sticks with the marker or cover in Duck Tape.
  7. Put the letters on the doilies by stamping, writing, sticking or pasting.
  8. Glue the sticks to the backs of the pie tins.
  9. Center the lettered doilies in the pie tins and glue down. Use a good amount of glue.
  10. Glue the pie tin to the larger doilie.
  11. Add the scented oil to the Epsom salts and mix together (optional). Decorate your cans now if you decide to.
  12. Line the cans with the paper napkins.
  13. Hold the can over the bowl of salt and carefully spoon it into the cans.
  14. Put your flowers in the cans.
  15. Check it out! It looks good.
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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you. This is one of my favorite projects with the littlest ones or lower level functional groups. God bless and have a great weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      This is so very crafty, poetvix! I can see this as a great summer school, Sunday school or regular class craft project that any child will enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @lionmom100: Thank you :). I hope you and the kids have fun with flowers too. God bless.

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      lionmom100 

      5 years ago

      This is a very cut idea, and would be fun for the kids. I love your flowers.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Ibidii: Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Any of those suggestions would be fun :) but, you don't have to worry about Epsom salts, they are pretty harmless. They are used to make homemade bath salts all the time. They work wonders on roses too. But as with anything, it could get knocked over. Here's a cheat that works well. Assemble a small cardboard platform in the can and glue salt sprinkles to the top. Glue the flower stick to the inside of the can. That way, you don't have to worry about it going anywhere. I love some of the cloth doilies. The patterns can be so intricate. I remember as a child watching some of my elderly aunts make them. I really wish I had learned how. God bless and have a most squidtastic day.

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      Ibidii 

      5 years ago

      Awesome and cute ideas! For households with kids I would definitely use beans, rice, marbles, glass stones from the craft store, pebbles or gravel, or baking soda with the scented oil. I use the last one for scent jars in my house. We have cats and just in case they break open the seal we know the baking soda will not be toxic. I am not sure that the Epsom salts are toxic, I was told my mother in law drank them! Yikes! I love those stamps! I would love to by some in the future! I am very crafty and love to make new things! This is a great idea for re-purpose and recycle! The doilies are so pretty. I have seen some cloth ones in multi-packs online. Awesome lens! :D

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