Thumbprint art is such a fun and cute way to decorate terracotta pots. Thumbprints can easily be turned into butterflies, bumblebees and ladybugs. I’ll show you how we made these sweet painted flower pots for Mother’s Day gifts. Grandmas love them, too!
Spring Crafts For Kids: Thumbprint Art Painted Flower Pots Directions
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Terra cotta pots (We used 4 inch size pots.)
- Acrylic paints (Various colors – the brighter the better!)
- Black Paint Marker
- Miscellaneous: Paper Plates, Wet Wipes (for easy clean up)
How to Make a Thumbprint Butterfly: Use a black paint marker to draw the butterfly body on the outside of the pot (see photo for reference).
Squeeze a dime-sized amount of desired paint color out on a paper plate. Dip thumb in desired paint color.
Press painted thumb onto pot four times (as shown in photo) to create butterfly wings. Repeat these steps to paint colorful butterflies all the way around the outside of the pot. Allow paint to dry completely.
How to Make a Thumbprint Bumblebee: Squeeze a dime-sized amount of yellow paint out on a paper plate. Dip thumb in yellow paint and press onto the outside of the pot. Each thumbprint is a bee’s body. Allow yellow paint to dry completely. Use a black paint marker to add eyes (dots), antennae, and stripes on the bee’s body.
How to Make a Thumbprint Ladybug: Squeeze a dime-sized amount of red paint out on a paper plate. Dip thumb in red paint and press onto the outside of the pot. Each thumbprint is a ladybug’s body. Allow red paint to dry completely. Use a black paint marker to color the ladybug’s head, draw a line on the body for wings, add antennae and wing dots (as shown in photo.)
Note: Although this is an easy craft for kids, most children will need adult assistance to help them place their painted thumbs in the right spot on the pot. Be sure to check out my other blog post for even more kids thumbprint art painted flower pots ideas: Sunflowers and Bumblebees.
Aren’t these thumbprint painted pots adorable? What other fingerprint art creatures could we add?
If you love thumbprint and fingerprint arts and crafts for kids, check out our latest Spring Craft – Fingerprint Art Butterfly Birdhouses.