Summer has an anthem. Did you know that? It’s not all the classic songs that you’re thinking about… nope. It’s the kids and teens of the world that sit there and in unison say, “I’m bored”. Hopefully, this super simple summer craft idea will give them something to do and make your windowsills and shelves look cute all at the same time.
Aloe is just a great plant to have around. My grandmother had pots of aloe spread throughout her house. If you burned your hand off she would tell you just to put some aloe on it. Luke Skywalker when his hand got burned off with the lightsaber? Probably just needed some aloe.
With cooking skills like mine, I should have an entire aloe garden but I don’t because I kill all green things. We’ll see how long this aloe plant lasts. That plant next to it in the picture? Fake. Yup. That’s why it’s still green. Air plants? Killed them too and all they need to live is air.
This is going to be one of the simplest crafts shared on this site. You cannot find an easier craft. If you can spread some paint around and then drop a plant inside a pot, you’re good to go.
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How to Make a DIY Pineapple Aloe Pot
To make this craft you’ll need:
- A small terracotta pot. The size is up to you.
- Yellow acrylic craft paint
- white acrylic craft paint
- paint brush
- an aloe plant
- a sealant if you are putting this outside
Let’s talk about paint – I used outdoor paint because I had it. However, you do not have to use outdoor paint. You also don’t have to use the special paint made for clay pots. If you are buying paint for this project, buy the paint for clay pots. But if you already have plain jane yellow acrylic paint – use it! The same is true for the white paint. Outdoor paint and the special paint for clay pots is made to withstand the wear and tear of being outside. If you’re not placing this outside, don’t worry about it. If you want to use this outside, you can still use regular acrylic paint and seal it with Outdoor Mod Podge or another sealant.
To start, paint your entire pot including the top rim with one coat of yellow paint and then let dry. While waiting for it to dry may I suggest a rousing game of Connect Four? My family is addicted to that game but I always loose.
Once that’s dry, do one more coat and then let it dry as well.
Don’t forget to paint an inch or two down inside the pot, like I did.
Once your yellow paint is dry, it’s time to add the details. I used white paint but you could use black or gray. To add the details, I painted upside down V’s in vertical rows. I did one row with 3 V’s and then moved over and started the next row with 4 V’s a little higher so the rows were offset.
You can also go over the white paint with a second coat if you like.
Once the white paint is dry, paint on a sealant such as Mod Podge or DuraClear Varnish. This step is optional. I didn’t do it, to be honest, but it will make your painted pot last longer and keep the colors brighter.
Once your clay pot is dry, it’s time to transplant your aloe plant. Or… if you’re sure it’s probably going to die soon, just drop the plastic pot right inside the clay one to make changing it out later easy.
There you go… the easiest craft you’ll find on this site, apart from the free printables and cut files.
If you need another summer craft for a bored teen, or even for yourself… check out the Painted Watermelon Pouches or the DIY Watermelon Sponge Print shirt for a 90’s throwback.
And if you just skipped reading all of that and want to watch a video… here you go. Feel free to share on Facebook or Pinterest.