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DIY Mexican-Style Pottery

This summer we are getting festive with some easy DIY Mexican-style pottery. I’ve made it a point to add a little more culture into our everyday activities. This is a great way to spend time with family and to share more about our culture.

I always hear how difficult it is to keep the kids entertained in the summer. This is our first summer actually having to plan activities specifically for the kids. I know my kids enjoy being outdoors so I try to do a lot of our activities outside.  The kids  look forward to our time playing games, getting wet or doing some crafts! This is when I knew Mexican-style pottery would be a perfect activity for the whole family.

As a child I remember my grandmother had a porch full of potted plants and even shade provided by beautiful plants with small flowers. The atmosphere was so peaceful and I loved looking at her plants.  What I loved most about her potted plants were the designs. They were bright and very detailed.

I wanted to create a similar space for the kids this summer but with a modern and personal touch. I showed them different patterns and had bold earthy colors for them to decorate their terracotta mini pots. Our activity was easy and was perfect for our afternoon family time.

Consider adding some festive colors to your outdoor space by creating these super easy and fun Mexican-style patterned pottery!

  • DIY Mexican-Style Pottery 1 of 9
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    Create these super easy festive pots scroll for more pictures and details. 

  • Supplies 2 of 9
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    To get started you need 

    1 terracotta pot • 2-3 acrylic paints • paint brushes • protected working area(we used a brown paper bag) 

  • Prepare your working area 3 of 9
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    Set down your paper bag or whatever you are using to protect your working area.  Prepare paint and brushes to get started.

  • Start with a pattern 4 of 9
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    Start by choosing patterns. Mexican style patterns are very simple they include dots, zig zags, triangles and stripes. 

  • Paint the base first 5 of 9
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    I had the kids paint their base color for each pattern. With 4 to 5 patterns per pot you can even make patterns with the colors. 

  • Offer little ones help 6 of 9
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    Event little ones can do it! I set up basic patterns and held the pot in hand. By turning slowly little ones can paint with ease. 

  • Choose a side 7 of 9
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    By choosing a side to work on you can allow your base to dry as you go and continue in sequence to paint the details. Painting details directly on wet paint. 

  • Mexican-Style Pottery designs 8 of 9
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    Create several bold Mexican Style designs. 

  • Pot your flowers 9 of 9
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    Let the paint dry and then pot your choice of flowers. 

 

What are you creating this summer? How do you add a little culture into your activities?

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