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Stages of Plant Life - Terracotta Flower Pots and Plant Tags

Watch your plants come to life with this craft to track the stages of your plants! Teach your kids about how a plant grows this summer by decorating terracotta flower pots to spark their interest. Perfect summer project for kids!

At a Glance:

Project #15436 Skill Level: Beginner Time:
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This project features these great brands:

  • Apple Barrel Logo
  • Mod Podge Decoupage Finishes and Formulas Logo
  • Mod Podge Tools and Accessories  Logo

Mod Podge ® Gloss, 16 oz. - CS11202

Number Needed: 1 $10.99
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Apple Barrel ® Colors - Cool Blue, 2 oz. - 20255

Number Needed: 2 $0.99
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Apple Barrel ® Colors - Key West, 8 oz. - 4475E

Number Needed: 1 $3.99 $2.70
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Apple Barrel ® Colors - Caterpillar, 2 oz. - 21342

Number Needed: 2 $0.99 $0.80
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Plaid ® Brush Sets - Basic Brush Set, White Nylon - 44220

Number Needed: 1 $3.99
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Mod Podge ® Brush Set, Decoupage - 24781

Number Needed: 1 $12.99
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Other Supplies

  • Three (3) terracotta pots and saucers in graduating sizes
  • Foam plate or palette
  • Three (3) craft sticks
  • Recycled magazines
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Water basin or container for water
  • Paper towels
  • Hole punch


  1. Paint the craft sticks Caterpillar and allow to dry. The large fl ower pot and saucer is painted Cool Blue. Paint the medium size pot and saucer Yellow and the small terra cotta pot and saucer is painted Key West. let dry completely.
  2. Using old magazines as collage material, cut out letters to spell – “seed”, “seedling” and “young plant.”
  3. Brush one side of a painted craft stick with Mod Podge Gloss. While the Mod Podge is wet, position the prepared letters on the craft stick, stacked down. Apply a topcoat of Mod Podge Gloss over the letters. Set aside and let dry completely.
  4. NOTE: The flower pots are collaged with items that represent the needs of plants – soil, sunshine and water. Cut out sections of color from magazines representing those plant needs to use as collage papers.
  5. Prepare the collected magazine pages to represent soil, sunshine and water for soil – cut rounded dirt mounds and hole punch bits for around the top edge, for sunshine – cut triangles and for water – cut raindrop shapes and rain lines.
  6. Working one terracotta flower pot at a time, lay out the shapes face down on a piece of wax paper. Apply a coat of Mod Podge Gloss on a section of the fl ower pot. Also apply Mod Podge to the backside of the cut collage shapes. Flip the shapes over, apply to the prepared surface and then topcoat with Mod Podge the Gloss. Allow to dry 20 minutes.
  7. To seal and protect with a consistent finish, topcoat the entire surface of each terra cotta fl ower pot and saucer with Mod Podge Gloss. Let dry 24 hours.
  8. To complete this project, fill each flower pot with potting soil, plant a seed then add the appropriately named craft stick. As the plant grows, transfer it to a larger pot and change the craft stick tag to follow the stages of the plant.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.