One of the most popular workshops Hours of Fun run when out and about is paint a pot. Anyone visiting the workshop gets to paint a pot in any colour, design and style. Once painted it get filled up with compost, some seeds are sprinkled on the top and it’s then taken home and looked after to help the seeds grow into beautiful wild flowers.
Hours of Fun were inspired by the National Wildflower Centre and Grow Wild with their mission to transform spaces by sowing, growing and enjoying UK native wild flowers. We did it on a smaller, more portable scale by using the wild flower seeds in plant pots.
The project allows children and adults to get creative with designing their plant pot, then taking on the responsibility of nurturing and watering it to help the flowers grow.
We had some fantastic painted pots and we hope everyone has enjoyed watching their seeds turn into beautiful flowers.
Have a go at this at home. If you have any terracotta pots lying around, give them a clean-up and paint them, it’s a fantastic way to get kids interested in gardening.
First step is to coat the inside of the pot with a mixture of PVA glue and water – half and half. This gives the plant pot a coating which will reduce the chance of moisture causing your paint to bubble and flake off.
Any paint will work, however acrylic paints work the best. Whatever you use, once it has dried give it a coat of PVA glue and water mix to help ensure the paint lasts as long as possible. Fill it with soil and plant some seeds or flowers inside it.