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Adorable Clay Pot Flower People: 7-Step Project

DIY Clay Pot Flower People

Are you looking for something to do with the kids? Here’s a project that’s great for getting children interested in gardening! A group of cute garden people made of clay pots! 🙂

What other materials could you think of for making the arms and legs of clay pot flower people? Painted clay pots are one of the best designs you can have in your garden. These are not just affordable but also not difficult to make.

There are several ways to use flower pots, one of which is by using these to create lovely planters. You can find these supplies at any hardware store and making the planters is easy. You’re sure to love the results!

With just a few simple steps and the necessary basic materials, make your outdoor living place come alive!

DIY Clay Pot Flower People
DIY Clay Pot Flower People

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this decor for your garden. Aside from being simple, this decor is naturally attractive. Too attractive, that your visitors will like it and ask you how to do it themselves.

Making Clay Pot Flower People


  • Nylon strings
  • Small pieces of wood (such as popsicle sticks)
  • Colouring pens and paints (optional)
  • Big and small pots


  • Wire cutter/scissors


1. Gather and clean the materials

Compile the materials and tools you need. Make sure to clean the pots, to avoid any residue after painting them.

2. Color the pots with paint or color pens

You may color your pots with paints or colored pens. We recommend painting them with a combination of white (for the hat) and red (for the dress). Then, we can use black pencils to create the facial image. Two coats are recommended for this project; let it dry and you can protect the paint with a clear acrylic sealer.

3. Create arms from the small pots

We can use the small pots for the arms. We recommend painting the left and right white, except for the edge, you can leave it unpainted or paint it with a different color (brown).

4. Create legs from the small pots

We can use the small pots for the legs. We recommend painting the left and right red.

5. Connect the small pots to the big pot

We can use the big pot as the body part and place it upside down after painting. Use a macrame string to attach the arms and legs to the body.

6. Make a head out from the big pot

We can use the big pot for the head. Paint the head with facial features (with eyes, nose, smile, cheeks) using a black color pencil. Then use white paint for the hat. After painting, glue it upwards on top of the body.

7. Make a flower hair

Select your nicest flower plant to place on the head pot. The flowering plant will represent the hair. You can now place your beautiful display in your garden! 🙂

After making one, try to make more, and you will have a group of clay pot flower people touring your garden or a family of clay pot flower people living happily in your garden!

Thanks to Tanya Memme for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here

Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer 😎

Incorporating Natural Elements

Incorporating natural elements into your clay pot flower people can transform them from charming garden ornaments to vibrant, lifelike figures that seem to interact with their environment. This approach not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your garden but also encourages a deeper connection with nature. Using materials like moss, stones, and real plants, you can add texture, color, and a sense of life to your clay pot creations. 

Here’s how to bring these natural elements into your clay pot flower people projects.

Moss Hair and Accents

Moss is an excellent material for creating realistic hair or adding green accents to your clay pot people. It’s especially effective for crafting figures that blend into their garden surroundings. 

To attach moss, apply a waterproof adhesive layer to the part of the clay pot designated for hair or decoration. Press the moss firmly onto the adhesive, shaping it as desired. Over time, the moss may grow, further integrating your clay pot person into the garden ecosystem.

Stone and Pebble Features

Stones and pebbles can create distinctive features on your clay pot people, such as eyes, buttons, or decorative patterns on their ‘clothes’. These natural materials offer a variety of colors and textures, allowing for a high degree of customization. To adhere stones or pebbles, use a strong outdoor-grade adhesive that can withstand weather conditions. This adds a unique touch to your creations and helps ground them in their natural setting.

Real Plants for Dynamic ‘Hair’

Choosing the right plants for your clay pot people’s ‘hair’ can turn them into living, growing entities within your garden. Select plants based on the amount of sunlight and water they will receive in their location. 

Succulents are a low-maintenance option that can mimic hair textures, while flowering plants like petunias or pansies add a pop of color. Plant your chosen flora in the top pot of your clay pot person, ensuring it has enough soil and room to grow. As the plants flourish, they’ll give your clay pot people a lively, ever-changing appearance.

Integrating Natural Elements for Seasonal Themes

Adapting your clay pot flower people to reflect seasonal changes is a delightful way to keep your garden engaging throughout the year. Consider planting bright, blooming flowers atop your clay pot people in spring. For autumn, switch to fall foliage or ivy that changes color with the season. This keeps your garden decor fresh and celebrates the natural cycles of the environment.

Incorporating natural elements into your clay pot flower people enriches your garden with textures, colors, and life. It creates a harmonious blend between art and nature, making your garden a more inviting and interesting space. Experiment with different materials and plants to find the perfect combination that brings your clay pot people to life.

Interactive Clay Pot People

Interactive clay pot flower people bring an element of surprise and delight to any garden. Adding movable parts or incorporating these charming figures into garden activities creates a playful environment that encourages interaction and engagement. Whether for the sheer joy of discovery or to serve a practical purpose, these animated additions can make your garden a more lively and enchanting. 

Here’s how to introduce interactivity to your clay pot flower people, making them decorations and active participants in your garden’s story.

Movable Parts for Dynamic Poses

Creating clay pot flower people with movable parts allows you to change their positions, mimicking actions like waving, sitting, or even holding garden tools. Use flexible materials like thick wire or strong nylon strings as joints for the arms and legs. Securing these materials inside the pots before assembling them ensures that the limbs can move while remaining firmly attached. This flexibility invites garden visitors to adjust the poses, adding a sense of whimsy and interaction.

Holding Garden Tools and Accessories

Equip your clay pot flower people with slots or hooks on their hands (small pots) to hold garden tools, watering cans, or signs. This makes them more interactive and turns them into helpful garden companions. For instance, a clay pot person could “hold” a small rake or shovel, or display garden labels indicating what’s planted where. These practical touches add character to your garden and serve functional purposes, making gardening more enjoyable.

Seasonal Outfit Changes

Like fashion, your clay pot flower people can change their look with the seasons. Design them with removable accessories like hats, scarves, or even seasonal decorations that can be easily swapped. Velcro strips or simple hooks can be used to secure these items. Encouraging visitors to change the outfits of your clay pot people according to the season or upcoming holidays adds an interactive element that keeps your garden decor fresh and engaging all year round.

Interactive Games and Challenges

Turn your clay pot flower people into participants in garden games or challenges. Create a scavenger hunt where visitors need to find certain clay pot people based on clues related to their location or the plants they’re associated with. Alternatively, set up a puzzle or story that can only be solved by interacting with multiple clay pot figures, each providing a puzzle piece. This makes for a fun, engaging garden experience and encourages visitors to notice and appreciate the smaller details of your outdoor space.

Making the clay pot flower people come alive can transform a static garden into a dynamic, engaging environment where visitors can physically interact with the decor. By adding movable parts, incorporating them into garden activities, and inviting seasonal changes, these clay pot characters become more than just garden ornaments—beloved and interactive members of the garden community. This approach fosters a deeper connection with the garden, making every visit a new adventure.


Creating clay pot flower people is a delightful way to add personality and charm to any garden space. These whimsical figures invite engagement and creativity by integrating natural elements and interactive features. This unique blend of art and gardening enhances the beauty of outdoor spaces, making them more inviting and enjoyable for everyone.

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