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How to make TMNT Clay Pot Party Favors

Cowabunga Dudes! Are you throwing a TMNT (teenage mutant ninja turtles) party and need the perfect favor for the guests to take home? Look no further! Here I will show you step by step how to create your own clay pot Turtles to pass out to all their friends.

My son wanted a TMNT party for his 6th birthday. I was so excited because it was the first real birthday party he would have with his little friends. I was all set to get crafting for his favors. I saw some great ideas on Pinterest and online but didn’t find anything that really stuck out. His birthday is Dec.26th so naturally as we were shopping for party supplies there were Christmas novelty gifts all around us. We passed by a display of Chia Pets and he let out a squeal. They had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Chia Pet and he asked me if that is what we could get for his party to give all his friends. Well, at $20 a pop that was not going to happen. But it started me thinking. I put my mommy creativity cap on and started designing these pots. What an awesome way for the party to keep going after the cake is all gone. Needless to say all his friends had a blast growing their seeds at home and would report back to my son at school how well ( or poorly) they were growing.

Supplies Needed:

  • Clay Pots ( 3 sizes shown)
  • Acrylic paints; green, blue, purple, red and orange. If you want to go non-traditional you can also use pinks or yellows.
  • Paintbrushes. Side note: I do NOT like to use the cheap sponge brushes. They leave a funny bubbly texture on the pot and leave clumps of dried paint as well. I also stay away from the cheapy ones in the kids sections as the bristles leave huge lines in the paint.
  • Googly eyes ( 2 sizes used)
  • Glue I have fallen in love with clear Gorilla Glue but you can use any kind but make sure it’s rated for outdoors if you are going to leave your pots outside in the elements.
  • Mod Podge or other finishing spray. This will help keep the paint in the pot otherwise it washes off during watering or rain.
  • Potting Soil
  • Seeds. I like dwarf parsley, chia seeds, chives, oregano, and cat grass. You can use anything seed you like but keep in mind growing times and conditions. Most herbs can grow indoors and can survive a day without water in case it is forgotten. It can also be a cute way to grow and herb garden of your own! If you want to WOW your guests consider sprouting the seeds before the party so the kids get excited to continue the process.
  • Plastic fold-over sandwich bags. I use these to hold the soil to prevent messes to and from the event. Use a separate bag to hold 3-5 seeds per pot. For the final touch I cut the flap apart and use a bag to hold all the piece and tie it up.
  • Ribbon or string. To tie everything up at the end.
  • Optional: tablecloth for easy cleanup, cups of water for rinsing brushes, paper towels for drying brushes and wiping hands
  • Optional: tag or card stock note describing your gift just in case. You can include a growing instructions or type of seed you have included.


Ready? PAINT!

I use a paper plate to hold my paint but you can use whatever you like. Make sure to shake the paint well before using for even color and consistency. Use the green paint to paint the bodies of the pots. Acrylic paint dries quick enough but I like to work with a fan nearby to make it dry even quicker especially if the kids are helping you they hate waiting for stuff to set. DO NOT PAINT THE BOTTOM OF THE POT. The water needs escape for proper plant care and if you paint it there will be a mess of water and paint everywhere.

After you get all the green painted and it has dried, paint the top bands of the clay pot. I use a smaller paint brush that I did for the body to make sure I don’t get messy lines. Paint one of each color blue, red, purple and orange for each Ninja Turtle. *To note: Depending on the color and brand of paint you use it may take up to 4 coats of paint to get the colors perfect. Orange seems to need the most. The clay soaks up the paint so it looks like it fades as you are painting.


Finish it!

Use your finishing product to seal the paint and protect your creation. I love using the Mod Podge spray can sealer. I take it outside to the patio to shoot my pots. Follow instructions on the can for the best results. DO NOT SPRAY THE BOTTOM. Again, the water needs to escape.

Time for the eyes.

I love clear Gorilla Glue for all my projects. It takes a little while to set and dry but after it’s dry it’s stuck for good. Place the eyes about 1-1&1/2 inches apart or what looks good to you. *To note: if you use a hot glue gun; the heat of the gun will melt the center of the googly eye and it will not be able to move around. To place eye, hold eye between index finger and thumb; apply glue and then bring the pot to your fingers so the black center of the googly eye remains on the clear part. Hold until dry and then you’re ready to go.

Pack it up!

Use a spoon or scoop to pack some potting soil in to a plastic bag. You can place plastic bag in the pot to measure out what you need to fill it up. Roll up back and turn flaps under to seal it up. In another baggy place 3-5 seeds and fold up. Tuck both bags in to the clay pot. Take another flap baggy and cut the flaps. Use this bag to hold the pot. Take your ribbon to tie it up. If you are using note cards now is the time to tie them on.

Ta Dah!

There you have it friends. You’re all set for the party. This is the perfect favor to remember the TMNT party of a lifetime. And the kids will have an amazing time at home growing some hair for their favorite turtles.

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