Painted Mosaic Pinch Pots For Little Treasures

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pots for Kids

My preschooler is a collector. Often times he’ll come back from school or play dates with pockets filled with colorful sequins, rocks, feathers, and bugs (sometimes alive!). We’ve given him a couple of jars and boxes to store his collection. Lately I’ve been enjoying making clay crafts, so I thought it would be fun to make him some Clay Treasure Jars/Pots. These whimsical and fun containers are perfect for holding his smallest and most special items!

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pots for Kids

Here’s how I made them!

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pots for Kids

What You Need

  • Air dry clay
  • Old placemat (provides a clean, flat surface that you can move around)
  • Container of water
  • Plastic knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Paint brush
  • Paint (I used gold, pink, black, and white)
  • Random assortment of colorful sequins and beads (or your child’s tiny treasures)

How-To

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pots for Kids

Step 1
Take a handful of air dry clay and roll it into a large ball.

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pots for Kids

Step 2
Poke both thumbs into your ball to create a hole. Keep turning the ball in your hands while pinching with your fingers to widen the hole and flatten out your pot. Squash the pot onto your placemat to flatten the base.

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pot Craft for Kids

Step 3
Dip your finger into the water and use it to smooth out any cracks or bumps.

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pot Craft for Kids

Step 4
Now you’ll make the lid. Roll another ball out and flatten it against your place mat. Use your knife to cut out a circle shape. Use your finger to smooth out any rough edges. (To make sure that your lid is about the same size as the opening, lift your pot up and place it upside down to match the opening of your flattened circle.)

Note: If you decide to create a mosaic lid, make sure that your lid is thick enough to push beads inside without breaking through the clay. I made my lid slightly over a ¼-inch thick and it turned out fine.

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pot Craft for Kids

Step 5
Roll out a tiny ball of clay. This will act as the lid’s handle (and the nose, for the face pots.) To securely adhere the ball to the lid, use a toothpick to score the tiny clay ball and the center of your lid. Then, squish the ball on top.

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pot Craft for Kids

Step 6
Leave the lid as is, or add beads and sequins. If you add colorful details, make sure they are securely pushed into the clay. Also, you may need to recheck the size of the lid to make sure that it still matches your pot’s opening.

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pot Craft for Kids

Step 7
Wait for your clay pots to dry and then paint! I knew my pots were dry because the clay turned a nice, bright white and felt heavy, solid, and firm. This took about 3-5 days depending on the size and thickness of my pots.

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pot Craft for Kids

Voila! You’re done! I love how both types of treasure pots turned out. The mosaic ones clay pots are so special because they can even showcase your child’s tiniest treasures. The face clay pots are adorable, quirky, and fun!

Easy Painted Mosaic Pinch Pot Craft for Kids

Hope you have a wonderful time creating these with or for your children. Happy making, friends!

  • http://www.ellenmayillustration.blogspot.co.uk Ellen May

    These are adorable !!

  • http://blog.theparaders.com/ Rachael // The Paraders

    How adorable! I’ve forgotten the what the joy of a little bit of clay can do! :)

    xo Rachael / The Paraders

  • http://makeandappreciate.com Jennifer Ruper

    I would have never thought to use air dry clay! I always use baking clay!

  • Michelle McInerney

    Oh My!!!! stunning!!! I love the strong graphics xx

  • Madison Beaulieu

    Love these and the bead mosaic lids! Gotta try it!

  • Bliss Foster

    These are so awesome! Really easy to personalize, too!

  • Barb

    These are great! Glad you shared them.

  • Flash Bugs Studio

    These are so sweet! Will definitely try with my art campers!

  • http://www.flashbugsstudio.com Flash Bugs Studio

    These are so sweet. Will definitely try this project with my art campers.

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