Last month I planned a trip to our local paint your own pottery studio with Violet's Brownie Troop to paint bowls for Empty Bowls Baltimore so that they could earn their "potter" badge. We all had a ton of fun and the girls did an amazing job on their bowls, but it was hard for them (and me!) knowing that their bowls were going to be donated and not taken home with them to their homes.
I promised that, at our next meeting, I'd have a "pottery" project that they could actually take home with them.
Seeing that our meeting was being held on the first day of Spring I thought we'd make bud vases!
I brought along polymer clay, mostly white with a few select colors as well for adding bits of a color pop. We used toothpicks, and bamboo skewers and dowels for smoothing and forming...
Everyone had a blast carefully crafting their own unique vases. Once they were all made, I dashed back home (we only live 5 min. down the street from their meeting place) and baked them as they took care of some of Girl Scout agenda items...When I came back I surprised them by tucking a little flower into each of their vases...
They were all so excited and pleased with their vases! It was a super simple project to do and...who doesn't love a little touch of fresh flowers around the house?
Of course, I should say, that these vases were made at home after the meeting together as a family, because...as soon as Henry got wind of what our project had been he too wanted to make some of his own! I was happy to oblige and, as it turned out, it was the perfect rainy Sunday morning family project!