Friday, April 23, 2010

Creativity that sticks -Childrens Plant Pot Workshop

 Proud artists with their plant pot creations!
Have I told you lately how much I love our library? When we moved to Brunswick Maine from Des Moines six years ago Curtis Memorial Library was the very first place that made us feel part of the community. My older boys loved both the children's and teen programs. Four years ago when Celia joined our family I began taking her to 'baby lapsit', many of her preschool friendships started at the library. Last summer my husband Jon and I were delighted to donate our time to help them revamp the childrens play area, I promise to post shots of my murals soon. Recently I've been fortunate to be part of both the children and teen library art and craft events.
Parents and children making one of kind plant pots at library Earthday library event.
Today's craft was inspired for a design I developed for the summer issue of Crafts 'n Things. I created a trio of Mixed media plant pots that incorporated 'junk' everything from odd game pieces to hardware. I loved the 'in process' pots almost as much as the finished grouted pots. I realized that using adhesive alone would be the perfect way to introduce kids to the concept of mosaics and tiling. One of the biggest challenges in preparing for this event was collecting enough recycled materials.
 This is me intently helping someone decide which pieces will 'stick' to their pot.
A girl after my own heart, she was intent in filling the entire surface of her pot.
To make this project at home, begin by sealing the inside of the pot with a weatherproof sealer. Purchase a small container of tile adhesive at your local hardware store. Use a plastic knife to spread a 1/4" layer of adhesive onto the outside of your pot. Press found objects into the adhesive, filling the small spaces with plastic beads and buttons. Let adhesive cure 24 hours before planting your funky pot. 
Another superb original creation!
Today's plant pot activity quickly reached eighty preregistered children, unfortunately the librarians were forced to turn many people away. At a time when library budgets are being cut nationwide, the outstanding attendance for these kinds of events is a strong indicator how important libraries are to our community!
 These young men found a way to personalize their pots with letter beads.
Over the next couple of weeks I'll be working with the librarians to plan more creative summer activities for both children and teens. I can't wait to get messy and share more smiles!


  1. Heidi,
    Kudos to you on this amazing event. Perfectly organized and executed. Quite a sight to see 80 proud kids leaving the library with their one-of-a-kind mosaics creations.
    Meg Austin

  2. Your murals turned out beautifully, Heidi. And by the looks of things, your crafting event was a huge success...

    We are so lucky to have such a fantastic asset here in Brunswick and we are doubly lucky to have talented people like you who so willingly share the creative love.

  3. You are all too kind! it's easy to come in and host a party for an hour. It's the librarians and library staff that deserve the praise!

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