Spring has sprung and flowers are in the air. A fun, recyclable craft for spring are these soup can flower pots. A decorated and finished pot also makes a great gift for teacher appreciation day or even mother’s day!
The flower pots are made from simple recyclable materials and are so very easy for kids of all ages to decorate. All you will need are a few supplies and adequate drying time for the paint. Since you need to allow the paint to dry before planting the flowers, you may want to do this as a two-part or two day project.
Soup Can Flower Pots
- Empty soup cans (or really any can, washed and labels removed)
- paint (we used crayola washable paints but you could also use other options with older children)
- paint brush
- seeds or small flower (marigolds work well, especially if you are using seeds as they sprout in just a few days)
Prep the soup cans by removing the labels and washing them thoroughly. Make sure there are no sharp edges left around the top – cans with a pop top are best for this, since they don’t tend to leave sharp pieces behind from the can opener. Allow the cans to dry completely
Next comes the fun part, paint! We let the children decorate as they wished, with the instruction that she should cover the whole thing trying not to leave any metal showing. The more color the better! You can use a variety of paints, colors and brushes to really make each one unique. I love the creativity that came out in ours – my oldest did a flower garden mural, my son created a beautiful sunset rainbow and my little one used a combination of her favorite colors, purple and blue.
Finally add soil and flower seeds! Watch them grow at home on the window sill or give them as a gift to a teacher, friend, or family member.