How to make a man out of clay flower pots

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How to make a man out of clay flower pots
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Clay flower pot people can be a decorative feature in your garden or as a tabletop centrepiece. There are a several ways to make a man out of clay flower pots, depending on the desired size of the finished project. Build a torso, complete with arms and legs, to sit on a garden bench, or make a smaller man standing on a clay pot base with flowers growing from his head. A little creative thinking goes a long way in designing a clay flower pot man.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 45 cm (18 inch) diameter clay flower pots
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • Duct tape
  • Nylon rope
  • Shears
  • 12 25 cm (10 inch) diameter clay flower pots
  • 15 cm (6 inch) diameter clay flower pot
  • 30 cm (12 inch) diameter clay flower pot
  • Permanent marker
  • Potting soil
  • Plant
  • Craft moss
  • Old boots
  • Gardening gloves

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place one of the 45 cm (18 inch) clay flower pots upright on a chair, bench or tree stump in the garden. Run a line of waterproof construction adhesive around the rim of the planter. Place the remaining 45 cm (18 inch) flower pot upside down on top of the upright planter so the rims are flush. Secure the two pots together with strips of duct tape while the adhesive dries.

  2. 2

    Cut two lengths of nylon rope three times longer than the desired length of the clay pot man's legs. Tie a knot 20 to 25 cm (8 to 10 inches) from one end of the rope. Thread a 25 cm (10 inch) clay pot, top first, over the straight end of the rope to the knot. This is the bottom of the man's leg; the pot should be hanging upside down.

  3. 3

    Measure up the rope 25 cm (10 inches). Tie another knot. Thread another 5 cm (10 inchs) pot, bottom first, over the straight end of the rope to the knot. Tie another knot in the rope just below the rim of the last planter you added. Thread another 5 cm (10 inch) planter, bottom first, to the newest knot.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to make the other leg. Attach the ends of both ropes underneath the upright 45 cm (18 inch) pot with waterproof adhesive. Position the ropes so the legs hang down over the bench.

  5. 5

    Cut two lengths of rope three times longer than the desired length of the clay man's arms. Tie a knot 25 cm (10 inches) from one end of one rope. Thread the top of an 20 cm (8 inch) pot over the straight end of the same rope to the knot. This pot is positioned just above the man's hands and should be hanging upside down.

  6. 6

    Tie another knot 15 cm (6 inches) above the bottom of the first pot. Thread another pot over the straight end of the rope so the pot is hanging upside down. Repeat this step once more to add another pot to the top of the arm.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps 7 and 8 to make the other arm. Glue the ends of the arm ropes to the top of the upside down 45 cm (18 inch) pot using waterproof adhesive.

  8. 8

    Glue an upside down 15 cm (6 inch) clay pot to the centre of the top of the 45 cm (18 inch) pot. The 15 cm (6 inch) pot is the man's neck and also helps hide the ropes. Glue an upright 30 cm (12 inch) clay pot to the top of the 15 cm (6 inch) clay pot. This is the man's head.

  9. 9

    Draw a face on the outside of the 30 cm (12 inch). Fill the planter with soil and plant ivy or another plant to simulate hair. Glue craft moss along the visible sections of rope and anywhere else that appeals to you. The moss adds softness to the design. Insert the ends of the leg ropes into old garden boots. Insert the ends of the arm ropes into gardening gloves. Attach the gloves with waterproof adhesive.

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