There’s something special about a keepsake with a child’s fingerprints on it. This fingerprint flower pot with a ladybug design is no exception. It makes the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, or Valentine’s Day. The kids will have a blast getting their hands dirty, too!
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- Time required: 1-2 hours (less if using a heat gun or hair dryer)
- Age Level: 2-10 years old, with adult supervision
- Cost: $5-7 for pot, paint, and supplies
Fingerprint Flower Pots
You’ll only need a handful of supplies to make fingerprint flower pots, and the craft is appropriate for most pre-school and elementary school-aged kids.
You’ll need your little one’s hands for about 10-15 minutes to make the ladybugs. Older kids can add their own ladybug details (antennae, legs, and spots), while younger children may need a grownup to help.
If you want more details about painting pots, you’ll find some helpful tips in my beginner’s guide to painting terracotta pots. The main difference with this project is that I did not use a clay pot sealer since I wanted to grow an edible plant.
In this tutorial, I’m using a plain 4-inch terracotta pot. You could also use a plastic pot or another container for this craft. A mason jar would even look cute with this design, and you could fill it with treats instead of a plant.
Note: If using a plastic container, you may want to scratch the surface slightly with fine-grit sandpaper (100 or 200).
How to Make a Fingerprint Pot – Ladybug Design
Step 1: Clean the flower pot
For best results, wipe the flower pot and saucer inside and out using a soft cloth. You can dampen the cloth to remove any dirt or grime on the pots. Let the pot dry completely before painting.
Step 2: Paint a white base coat on the flower pot and saucer
The base coat of white paint is optional, but it makes the ladybugs “pop” more. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour between coats, or use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed up the drying time.
Depending on the thickness of your paint, it may take 1-3 coats to fully cover the pot.
Step 3: Paint ladybug fingerprints
Pour a small amount of red acrylic paint into a shallow container, dish, or paint palette. Dilute the paint with water if needed.
Then dip the child’s finger in the paint. Dab off any excess paint onto a paper towel or sponge before placing it on the flower pot.
Step 4: Add ladybug details to the flower pot
Once the red spots have dried, begin adding details to the ladybug. I drew antennae and spots. You could also add legs or eyes if you like.
Step 5: Add plant or seeds (optional)
Add the plant of your choosing to the flower pot, or fill the pot with soil and add seeds. Water the plant and place it in a sunny spot or covered patio.
You could also present this pot as a gift with a small bag of soil and a seed packet inside. How cute would that be?!
Step 6: Add a garden stake (optional)
Since I’m giving this pot to the grandparents for Valentine’s Day, I decided to add a cute wooden stake to the pot.
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How to Make a Fingerprint Flower Pot
- Clean the flower pot with a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth to remove any dirt or grime.
- Paint a white base coat on the flower pot and saucer. Apply more coats as needed, waiting 1 hour in between coats. To speed up the drying process, you can use a hair dryer or heat gun.
- Paint ladybug fingerprints by pouring a small amount of red acrylic paint into a shallow container, dish, or paint palette. Have the child dip his/her fingertip into the paint, then dab off any excess on a paper towel. Add spots randomly around the flower pot.
- Once the red spots have dried, begin adding details to the ladybug. You can add antennae, spots, legs, and/or eyes to the fingerprints.
- Add a plant or add soil and seeds. Water the flower pot, and place it in a sunny location based on the plant's needs.
- Option: Add a garden stake with a message of your choice. If using vinyl lettering, cut the letters with a Cricut machine and use transfer tape to place them, or buy pre-cut vinyl letters.