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Craft Project - Tool Planter
by Wen Zientek-Sico

Take Dad's favorite hobby and inexpensive materials to craft a nice catch all for all of Dad's stuff. This activity is fun for the kids and allows them to make a really attractive gift with not a lot of room for error.

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Tool Planter

This decorated planter is wonderful for potted plants, or even for Dad to use as a holder for tools, the remote control, pens, or other supplies. A good project for children who cannot letter, or who have really messy handwriting, but want to give Dad a "neat" project, this planter is very easy to make. This pot is also great made with other tools, especially garden tools.

6 inch terracotta pot

Pale tan acrylic paint

Dark green acrylic paint

2 inch Wooden D, D, and A letters

2 wooden hammer shapes

Light brown acrylic paint

Paint brush

Glue

Varnish or acrylic sealer (optional)

Cover your work surface with newspapers. Paint the bottom of the pot with a coat of the tan paint and let dry for at least an hour, or as directed by the manufacturer. Repeat with a second coat of tan paint once dry. Paint the rim of the pot with a coat of the green paint and let dry for at least an hour, or as directed by the manufacturer. Repeat with a second coat of the green paint once dry. Let dry thoroughly. While the paint on the pot is drying, paint the letters and hammer head dark green. Paint the hammer handles brown. Let the paint dry completely before handling. Glue the letters and hammers to the pot as shown in the photo. We glued the two hammers together and let them dry before gluing them to the pot as they seemed to hold better that way. If desired, finish with a varnish or acrylic sealer according to the package directions. Sealing the pot is especially important if your Dad might use this as an outdoor planter. Make sure the pot has thoroughly dried before adding a plant or wrapping for Dad.

Project Developed, Styled, and Photographed by Wen Zientek-Sico.




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