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Category: Summer Crafts

DIY Barnyard Farm Animal Pots

How adorable are these guys! Transform your space, weather it’s for your farm, kids storage for their art supplies, or displays for your garden table. These are so playful and sure will bring smiles to your guest.

Difficulty level:Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:

Let’s grab your supplies, channel your inner artist, and let get crafting!

Step 1: Painting the base

I chose to do a barnyard theme for these paper mache pots. I mean, Is there anything cuter that a cow, pig and a chick!! So for the bases, i painted them white, pink and yellow.

Helpful tip – Use a pencil and draw the faces on the pots. This will help with placement and get the desired shapes you wish.

Step 2: Creating the cow

First, you will start off by painting the nose and the eyes. This will allow you to find the best spots to paint on the black spots for the cows ‘body’. You will paint the nose pink. Then once dry, you will use a Q-tip to dip in the black paint to create the eyes and the nostrils.

Step 3: Creating the piggy

Here you will take the hot pick and paint on the ears and the nice rounded nose for the pig. Once this is dry, you will then come in with a clean Q-tip and dot the eyes and the nostrils. Then you will come back with a small paint brush and paint on the little side mouth.

Step 4: Creating the chick

Here you will start with the beak. Grab your orange paint and paint a upside down triangle. Grab a darker orange to allow you to have contrast when painting on the comb at the top of the ‘head’ and the wattle near the beak. Lastly, take a Q-tip to dot on the eyes.

Step 5: Filling the pots

To start, i took some Styrofoam that I had laying around and cut it up into pieces to fit inside the pots. This will allow you to easy poke the succulents in place.

Then you will come through and top each pot with the desired amount of the lichen moss.

For the finishing touch, place any types of succulents that you may have or other faux flowers. These are cute art activities for kids for those barnyard parties, farm tables, or even allowing kids to place their art supplies inside.

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DIY Succulent Gnome Watering Pails

Add a sprinkle of enchantment to your decor with a whimsical twist! Craft your own DIY faux succulent gnome using our petite watering can as the gnome’s charming base!

Difficulty level:Beginner
Time to complete: 25 minutes

Things you’ll need:
2 – Galvanized Watering Can
2 – Small Artificial Grass Bush
1 – Artificial Moss Wire Ribbon
1 – Lavender Artificial Sedum Succulent Pick
1 – Artificial Soft Light Pink Sedum Pick
1 – Long Pile Grey Frost Faux Fur
1 – White Craft Faux Fur
Glue Gun and Glue sticks

Let’s grab your paintbrushes, channel your inner artist, and let get crafting!

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Step 1: Creating the bread

To start -Place the watering can on top of the grey faux fur. Carefully, cut a small square out – about 4.5 inches. Repeat this process with the white fur.

Step 2: Shaping the Bread

Grab the 2 square cutouts from the faux fur. Begin drawing the desired shape of the bread onto the material. The widest part will be approximately 3.5 inches a crossed. Then gradually cut inward for a rounded shape.

Step Three: Attaching

Take your hot glue and secure the bread on the front the of pail between the spout and the handle.

Step Four: Moss ribbon

Grab the moss ribbon and cut off a piece that is about 12 inches long.

Next – take that moss piece and cut it straight down. Depending the amount of moss you want to show, you can remove a strip that is approximately 1/2 to 1 inch. For this use, i cut off about a 1/2 inch from the moss.

Once you have the moss trim to the size of your liking, you will now secure it with hot glue around the top part of the pail.

(Take the ribbon through the inside of the handle.)

Step Five: Create you inside base for greenery

I grabbed a small Styrofoam cone laying around and cut off a small piece to hot glue in the inside center of the pail. This will allow you to to have a holder for your greenery stem allowing it to stay upright and in place.

Depending on the the grass spray, you may need to trim the stem back a bit. Then glue in place.

Step Six: Apply the nose

I used a 3/4″ wooden ball for the nose and glued it in place with the hot glue gun.

Step Seven: Add the Finishing Touches

Grab your succulent sprays and snip off a few for each gnome.

Each pail has a small little lip by the spout, which helped allow more space to glue the succulent buds in place.

Now you are able to enjoy your little creation. Add into your fairy gardens or place through your home to add that whimsical touch!

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