Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day 2012- Hand Print Pots

I had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I got to sleep in an entire extra hour.  Imagine my surprise when at 6:40AM my daughter began calling for me and D sat up in bed and asked if he should go get her.  Awesome.  D and my sweet children picked me out some beautiful roses and some delicious chocolate truffles as well.  It was a very enjoyable day indeed.  I felt appreciated and I was also reminded about how much I enjoy being a mom to my two amazing children.

We wanted to give a small gift to my mother, D's mother and D's grandmother so that they'd know we were thinking about them on this special day.  I love to remember my children's little hand prints and you can't go wrong with something for the garden or front porch in our family.  I came up with some hand print flower pots.

They aren't anything spectacular, but I think they turned out cute.
I started with some terra cotta pots and spray painted them white.  Two coats, inside and out.
The next day, we had some fun with finger paint. This was a group effort. The kids were mostly cooperative.
After the hand prints dried, I sprayed them with two coats of clear, protective sealer.  I was especially careful to coat the inside.  The idea is to keep the moisture from seeping through the inside of the pot and peeling the paint on the outside.  I'm no expert, so hopefully, these will last a while.  
I used a sharpie to write the kids' names and the date on the inside of the pot.  I was really surprised when the letters ran a little when I was spraying them with the sealant.  I'm not sure what else I could have used though. It still turned out okay.
D and I giggled over one of the Mother's Day advertisements that we saw while we were out on errands over the weekend.
We started conjecturing over what "Love Chocolate" could be and if they sanitize their counters after they make it. I'm not sure I really want to know. heh.  Now I hope there's no one out there making fun of all the grammatical errors on this blog...

Have a Happy Day!


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  1. Just wanted to say:
    I love your blog!

  2. Hi, was wondering how your pots have held up. We want to do something similar for a teacher appreciation gift. Yours are adorable!



    1. They did really well until winter hit. I made the mistake of leaving ours outside. It was very well waterproofed, but the variation in temperature made the terracotta pot shrink then expand. The paint ended up cracking right off. Sad. Definitely best for an indoor decoration or only out during the warm months. Good luck with your project.