When my mom and I decided to make clay pot crafts this week, I had no idea what I wanted to make. I found a few cute garden ideas (beehives, frogs, etc.) but they didn’t really make sense for me. 1) I don’t have a garden. I live in an apartment building – I have a concrete yard (my balcony). 2) They were cute things I’d love to gift to others but they weren’t special to me. I’ve had a stressful few weeks and I wanted to destress and make something for myself. We’re all need to take time for ourselves and crafting is a great way to do so.
I found, and almost made, a clay pot Batman but then thought about how I want to continue making Alice in Wonderland/Nightmare Before Christmas crafts for my bedroom and voila, an idea was formed.
Of course, deciding I wanted to make Alice in Wonderland or Nightmare Before Christmas didn’t really narrow down what I wanted to make. I searched Pinterest and found tons of Jack and Sally pots, they were cute but not really what I was looking for. I also recently painted Jack and Sally pictures so I wanted to try something different.
So, I guess I decided I wanted to make Alice in Wonderland pots, but which characters? After much debate, I decided to make Alice and the Mad Hatter.
Here’s how I did it…
· Clay pots (with lids)
· Paint and paint brushes
· Ribbon (I grabbed one for the Mad Hatter’s hat, one for Alice’s dress, and lace ribbon for Alice’s straps)
· Tulle (or something similar for Alice’s dress)
These pots were super easy to decorate. Here are the three easy steps to making your own:
1) Paint the pots. I chose a solid green colour for the Mad Hatter’s hat. After the green dried, I added in the 10/6 tag. For Alice, I painted a white section down the centre and painted the rest blue. The colour blue I found (from the Dollar Store) was exactly the colour I was looking for.
There was very little detail so I used larger brushes to get the job done quicker.
I had a lid leftover so I decided to paint an Alice-inspired clock (as seen above).
2) Glue the base of the Mad Hatter pot to the lid to create the appropriate shape. I used hot glue for this project. I’m still pulling glue off my fingers but it holds everything together perfectly.
For Alice, I glued layers of tulle on top of the lid, then attached the pot to the lid.
3) Add accessories! For the Mad Hatter’s hat I added some feathers and a ribbon. For Alice, I added some buttons, some lace for straps, and some dark blue ribbon. I trimmed the tulle to the desired shape (since I had cut them into rectangles to glue it on).
And that’s it!
Altogether, this project probably took me about an 30 minutes to an hour and it’s a practical addition to my bedroom décor! Right now I’m using it to hold some creams and make up.
I can’t wait to try out some new Alice in Wonderland crafts soon!