My son's Kindergarten Teacher asked me to help her figure out a pot painting project for Mother's Day. I thought the idea of the kids painting a pot and giving it to their Mom with a flower in it was a great idea. I set to work.
Before you set out, know that this was a lot of work since we had 34 pots to do. One or two pots would be a breeze though.
First I priced up the supplies to see that we could do this for about $5 or less per person. We were on budget:
- $0.77 : small clay pot at Home Depot
- $9/32=$0.28 : gallon of deck paint reject at Home Depot, in a colour (off white) that would work
- $4/32=$0.13 : clear coat can of spray
- $13/32=$0.41 : soil for pots
- $1.69 : price per plant
Grand Total: $3.28
I got the pots (the teacher purchased the supplies with a discount and handed it all off to me) and started work. First I had to remove sticker glue from them all.
Sanding sticker glue off pots in prep for priming them for kindergarten project pic.twitter.com/KRNxmeNxIwThen I primed them all off-white.
— Mark Thistle (@mthistle) April 26, 2014
Next we did the painting at school with the kids and then it was onto giving a clear coat of gloss paint.
|Pots being clear coated|
|Pots ready to go home with Mom's!|
- Open up the reject paint first. If it is full of little bubbles stay away, far away. The deck paint had a ton of bubbles that would not go away while I used it. I had to sand that off-white finish on 34 pots for 2 (and in some cases 3) coats of paint.
- Clear coat spray does not react well with ink pens. The "dry" pen runs when sprayed and makes names on the bottom a mess. Due to this I also held off from using a black marker to add highlights for the bugs faces.