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Flower Pot Cupcakes

Need a cute idea for a spring or summer little girl’s birthday party or other event? Make these adorable Flower Pot Cupcakes!! Kids can even help you build these by creating their own flowers too. It is a simple craft that is not messy for them to build which in my mind is the perfect craft. 

The marshmallow flowers are made with what we call Smarties in Canada but you would call M&M’s in the States or other flat candies would work too. The marshmallows are sticky enough for them to stay on for a short period of time while they build them. 

If you want to make them ahead you will have to do the marshmallow flowers at the last minute. They stayed on for me for at least an hour before the marshmallows started to dry and the candy then starts to fall off. 

Amber was the one that made these cupcakes! We used a homemade batter but I would recommend just to use a store bought cake mix and icing for these.

It makes them so much more simple to make and more of an edible craft than a recipe. Trying to keep these as simple as possible for you. 

A rich boxed deviled foods cake would be perfect for these. You could also make a homemade buttercream icing or use your favorite homemade cake mix too. 

Can you Bake Cupcakes in Small Clay Pots?

You can bake cupcakes in small clay pots!! Just wash them well to begin with. Spray them well with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper circles to close off the holes. 

How to Make Flower Pot Cupcakes

The cupcakes are easy to make once you have your pots washed and prepped. The batter is poured into the pots to about 2/3 full, if you fill these too much they will over flow and make a huge mess, trust me on this one!!

Use less time to bake your cupcakes that is called for a cupcake on the package. Once they spring back they are done, keep a close eye on them. 

After cooling a quick icing and then your “dirt” is applied which is crushed chocolate wafers. The rest is the marshmallow flower that I explained at the beginning. 

If you are to do this as a craft you can have the pots set up with the cupcakes and have the kids ice and put the dirt on. If you find that would be too messy have them just create the flowers and “gluing” on the candies!!

Aren’t they cute? Amber had fun making these cute cupcakes. They are creative and delicious. The perfect little treat for a party!! Use these pots for gardening to start some seeds. That would be the perfect way to recycle them.  

I like that they have multiple uses then and don’t have to be thrown away. You can get the pots on the internet or any garden store will have these available too. 

Yield: 10 flower pot cupcakes

Flower Pot Cupcakes

These Flower Pot Cupcakes are fun to make and would wow a crowd at your next little party!! Perfect for a girl's spring or summer birthday!! They are a fun edible craft too for kids to make!!

Ingredients

  • 10-12 terra cotta pots, 2" wide
  • Cooking spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Chocolate store bought or homemade frosting
  • Chocolate wafers
  • Large marshmallows
  • Canadian Smarties or candy coated chocolates like M&M's
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  1. Prepare the terra cotta pots by first washing well and let them dry completely. Then spray with cooking spray and line the bottom with little circles of parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Crush the chocolate wafers in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or mallet. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare the cake mix as per package.
  4. Fill the terra cotta pots 2/3 full with batter and place on a sturdy tray. Bake for 12-18 min. checking frequently to see if they are done.
  5. Fill the leftovers into regular sized cupcake liners and bake according to package.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before icing. Ice each cupcake and then top with crushed chocolate wafers.
  7. Cut the large marshmallows in half and slide onto a lollipop. Stick the candy coated chocolates on making a flower pattern. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 68Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

Filed Under: Dessert, Easter Recipes and Ideas, KidsTagged With: chocolate, cupcakes, flower pot, flowerpot

  • 1

    Smack your clay. Throw it firmly from hand to hand, smacking it into a ball shape.

  • 2

    Dry your wheel. This will help the ball of clay adhere to the wheel once it starts spinning. The last thing you want is a ball of wet clay flying across the room.

  • 3

    Have some water. Place a bucket of water where you can easily reach it to wet your hands while you work.

  • 4

    Throw the clay. Throw down the ball of clay as close to the center of the wheel as you can, then press it down into a conical shape.

  • 5

    Start spinning. As you build up speed, wet the clay, and with one hand on the side of the clay lump, and the other side on top of it, ease the clump towards the middle. Use the upper hand to keep the clay from flying out of control.
    • You can tell the clay is centered when it no longer looks like it's wobbling, but sitting stationary in the center of the spinning wheel. Don't stop spinning.
  • 6

    Wet your hands. Then work the clay into a cone, then press it down into a thick disk. Repeat this step a couple times. This is known as "wheel wedging" and helps to condition the clay. Make sure you keep the clay centered as you work.

  • 7

    Push a thumb into the middle of the spinning mass, until it's about 1/2 inch (1.5cm) from the bottom.

  • 8

    Push 4 fingers into the hole, and work them around until the hole is as big as you would like. Continue working the hole, using a hand on the outside of the clay to shape your pot.

  • 9

    Work slowly. Gradually pull the clay up with even pressure, until it's the desired height.

  • 10

    Spread the top. If you want it a bit wider at the neck, just pull back with your inside fingers. Don't do it too hard.

  • 11

    Remove the finished pot from the wheel. Wet the wheel (not the pot) and using a stiff wire or fishing line, and holding it with both hands, pull it from the back of the pot towards you until the pot is separate from the wheel.

  • 12

    Follow the manufacturer's instructions for finishing and firing your clay pot.

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    Pottery is the ceramic act of making pottery wears. The major types include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The actual place where such wares are made is also called a pottery. Similarly, pottery is known to be the art or craft of a potter or the manufacture of pottery.

    The venerable clay pot traces its roots deep in the ancient history. Our ancestors were in great need of vessels to carry water and store food. They found that the water resistant naturally occurring clays in the soil were ideal for making good pots. Nowadays, people buy clay pots at the store and carry water through pipes. Clay pots remain the most beautiful masterpiece thus regarded as a functional works of art and craft.

    You can make a clay pot for many purposes such as cooking, or decoration. In this case, our primary focus is the clay pot for cooking. The clay pot can be made quite easily and quickly with a few inexpensive materials. Making a clay pot manually is not a difficult process.

    Materials Needed

    To make a beautiful clay pot manually, the following materials are required: clay (the centerpiece of the vessel), detergent, a small dish or preferably a carton which has a circular shape, colors, gouache/opaque watercolor (gives color to the vessel), a piece of cloth and lacquer.

    Clay: Clay can be used to make cups, plates, and cooking pots, as well as decorative flower pots. As mentioned above, clay is the basic thing required to make the pot. So, you need to gather the clay first. To collect the amount of clay that you need from outside, you must be keen to recognize it. In its dry state, the clay may look like rocks, while in its wet state, it resembles mud. Clay is easy to break up, but doesn't easily dissolve into muddy water like the regular mixture of clay and silt would. Take some damp clay and push it up between your pointing finger and thumb. What do you get? Well-formed ribbons. Try the same procedure with sand and silt, however, no ribbons will be formed. The length of the ribbon formed is a technique scientists use to determine the amount of clay in the soil. More clay equals more ribbons.

    If you wish to skip the collection process you can easily buy clay at a number of large box stores, online or in your local craft store. There are many different types of clay; the type you require will be labelled, "Pottery Clay". It should also say, "air dried" or "home fired."

    Step 1

    Preparing the clay: Now that you have gathered your clay, you will need to prepare the clay. Knead the clay before you start making your clay pot. Start with about ?pound of clay. Slowly warm your clay, then work out the air bubbles by kneading it with both your hands. This will help even out the consistency of the clay, eliminating lumps of soft spots, thus making it more pliable and workable. Take great care to ensure there is no folding, poking or any other action that may add air pockets and bubbles to your clay. These may cause your pot to explode in the oven.

    Step 2

    Roll out the clay: Once the clay is soft and warm, start rolling it into a long snake shape. This should be approximately 12-to-24 inches long. Make sure the diameter is even when it comes to thickness. The diameter will help determine the thickness of the walls of the pot you are creating. A perfect measurement for the diameter is between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. For easier cleaning, perform this task on a glass surface.

    Step 3

    Make your base: Once the clay is warm and pliable, take a fist-sized clump and roll it into a long rope known as a coil. Take one end of the snake you just rolled out and begin making a circle. The size of the circle will determine the base of your pot; therefore, you need to decide how you will use the pot to make the base accordingly. Accidents happen; so if your pot collapses during this step, simply knead the clay again to remove the air bubbles and repeat the process.

    Step 4

    Smoothen your pot: You have already made your base and made all the coils. It's time to strengthen your pot. To make your work more durable, strengthen the bond of your clay by smoothing the inside of the pot. As you continue coiling your clay slowly upwards, smooth your port forefinger and thumb as you go. This helps prevent your pot from cracking or falling apart. Remember you don't want your sides to appear larger than the base; otherwise the base will be unable to support the pot.

    Step 5

    Dry your clay pot: Your pot is ready and smooth. Once the pot is formed, you need to allow it to dry under the sun. In case you have bought air dried clay, you should dampen a towel and gently place it on the clay. This will help prevent the clay from cracking and drying too quickly. If you prefer at home oven dry clay, ensure you bake the pot at about 250F for roughly 30 minutes, depending on the pot you have made. Baking times and temperature information should be included in the package.

    Step 6

    Finish your pot: Your pot is all dry and ready for use. Some prefer it decorated and painted. Add some decoration or glazing as desired. First, seal the inside of the pot with a couple of coats of polyurethane, then use acrylic paints to decorate the pot. This is optional for those who love color, but you may still prefer it without decoration. Your choice. Make sure any paints, glazes or finishes you use are compatible with food and drink if you plan on using your pot.

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    This scarecrowflower pot people idea is a perfect way to create a unique decoration for your porch! A few simple clay pots, decorative hay, and paint come together to create fun and truly adorable fall decor. You can customize this project in tons of ways, or leave it simple for use at Halloween and Thanksgiving!

    If you like the scarecrow theme, then you will adore our scarecrow lady made from an old straw hat!

    Scarecrow Flower Pot People

    I saw this idea a few years ago using clay pots to create a person to set up in a garden. The one I first saw was dressed up as a farmer with overhalls, but I knew there was potential to make them customized for other types of “people”. Making flower pot people for fall seemed like a great idea! Since I love upcycling and knew I wanted something that could work for Halloween and Thanksgiving, the scarecrow began to take shape.

    For more ideas, check out these fun scarecrow decorating ideas that are ideal for inside and outside of your home.

    Can I Use Plastic Flower Pots?

    If you prefer to use a plastic pot over a clay pot, you can definitely do so. This might be a good idea if you have small children around or even pets who might bump into your scarecrow. You don’t want to have a broken clay pot on your floor. That could create a potential hazard for accidentally stepping on a broken piece of clay and cutting yourself.

    The goal is to keep the terra cotta coloring so it fits into the fall theme. For another great rustic scarecrow idea, you can check out my post for this decorative DIY scarecrow DIY clay pot lantern.

    Can I Add Clothing to My Flower Pot People?

    While I love the simplicity of this project, you could definitely add some clothing to your scarecrow project if you desired. Since these are small, you could have fun adding kids or baby clothes to it to create a more traditional scarecrow look. even if you just added “sleeves” over the arms, it would add a bit of an extra element to the look.

    Flowerpot people come in a variety of styles and designs, so feel free to use your imagination when creating your fun scarecrow fall decor.

    Supplies Needed:

    • Flower pots (in 2 sizes)
    • Rope
    • Fake hay
    • Rustic ribbon or burlap piece
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue gun
    • Hot glue
    • Black marker
    • Orange spray paint

    How to Make Scarecrow Flower Pot People

    To begin, you will gather your supplies and prepare your work area. If you need to paint your clay pots, you will want to lay a newspaper or a paint drop cloth on your table. Of course, I recommend when using spray paint that you do so outside or in a very well-ventilated room.

    If you buy terra cotta pots, you may be able to skip the painting portion of this project. If not, you will spray all sides and edges of the pot with orange paint and set them on your newspaper with the opening down until they are dry.

    Once your flower pots have dried completely, you will start with one of the larger pots to create the “head” of the body. I like to add some burlap or a large piece of rustic looking ribbon around the pot.

    This gives it a different color than the rest of the pots and adds some personality to the mix. Glue this in place, then use your marker to draw on the eyes, nose, and mouth. You can also use strips of black cloth to create the face if you desire. When making the face, remember that the opening of the pot will be the top – so you will make a note to draw the face in the right direction.

    Next, you will add decorative hay inside the pot’s head, arms, and feet. I like to just glue this around the inside rim so it sticks out well. A double layer can fill in any gaps you may see in the pot. You can always trim the ends to be closer to the same size if needed.

    How to Assemble the Scarecrow

    Once all of the pots have hay as directed, you will begin assembling them.

    You will create the body by gluing two of the larger pots together bottom to bottom with the face on top.

    Next, you will glue rope on the sides and bottom to dangle down like arms. At the bottom of each piece of rope, you will attach the bottom side of another smaller pot.

    Once all are glued together you will have two pots glued together as the body and one arm on each side of the body as well as one leg on each side of the bottom body pot.

    Feel free to add more embellishments like flowers, different colored “tie” ribbons around the body/neck, or even use different colored clothing or pots to add flair to the body.

    Video Tutorial:

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    DIY Adorable Flower Pot People Scarecrow Craft

    Use a few simple flower pots to create this Adorable Flower Pot People Scarecrow Craft! Ideal for displaying for both Halloween and Thanksgiving!

    Materials

    • Flower pots (in 2 sizes)
    • Rope
    • Fake hay
    • Rustic ribbon or burlap piece
    • Black marker
    • Orange spray paint

    Tools

    • Scissors
    • Hot glue gunĀ 
    • Hot glue

    Instructions

    1. Prepare your workstation with a newspaper or a paint drop cloth if you need to spray your pots orange. If you do not need to spray them, then you can begin assembling right away;
    2. If painting your flower pots, do so in a well-ventilated area and allow to dry completely before continuing to the next step;
    3. When your flower pot is dry, you will begin by wrapping the ribbon or burlap around one of the larger pots;
    4. Glue the strip of cloth in place, then create a face on the front using a black marker. Note that the open end of the pot is the top;
    5. Next, glue decorative hay around the inside rim of the head;
    6. Continue this process and add hay to the inside rim of all of the other pots;
    7. Once all of the pots have hay as directed, you will begin assembling them by connecting together with lengths of rope;
    8. Create the body of the scarecrow by gluing two larger pots together to form a body;
    9. Next, add rope to the sides of the body and then attach two smaller pots to the ends for arms and hands;
    10. You will finish the body assembly by adding rope to the bottom of the body to attach pots at the bottom for legs and feet;
    11. Once the scarecrow has been fully assembled, you can display as is, or add extra flowers and embellishments as desired.

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    Grab a clay pot and a few painting supplies to make this distressed patriotic flower pot! A fun project for your porch, garden, or patio for 4th of July!

    I love how inexpensive clay pots can be, especially if you happen to have a coupon or they are on sale at the store. And I also love how simple it is to personalize the pots with a little acrylic paint.

    With 4th of July just around the corner, I decided to update our front porch with a few little red, white, and blue accents. And since I had a few extra flowers left from my first round of planting, I thought it would be fun to make a patriotic themed pot to pop them in.

    It’s super easy to paint these terra cotta clay pots, plus the paint dries fairly quick. How cute would it look to have a few different sized pots grouped together as a patio table centerpiece. You could also use them as utensil holders for your 4th of July party!

    How to Make a Patriotic Flower Pot

    Supplies
    clay pot
    painters tape
    acrylic paint & brushes
    sandpaper

    Directions
    Using white as the base coat, paint the whole pot. It takes about three thin coats of paint to get good coverage. Let it dry really well.

    Using the painters tape, create stripes. Since I wanted my pot to have a distressed look, I wasn’t too concerned about perfectly straight lines because I would be sanding it later.

    Paint between the pieces of tape using the red paint. A few coats will also be needed during this step to get good coverage. Let dry and remove tape.

    Paint the rim of the pot using blue paint. Let dry and distress with sandpaper.

    Plant some flowers in the pot for a cute, little patriotic piece. I decided to add some polka dots to the red and blue stripes using a paint pen just to give it a little something extra!

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    Follow these simple instructions to make a flowerpot person for your garden. The project uses everyday materials like clay pots, paint, glue, and.

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