Fingerprint Flower Pots

printpotsMy sister-in-law made these awesome fingerprint and thumbprint flowers pots for me one year. She snuck my kids over to her house for a little while, and the kids loved surprising me with something they themselves. This would make a great gift for a birthday, Valentine’s, Mother’s Day or any other occasion. Kudos to Maggie for the idea. Here’s how to do it yourself!


  • Flower pots
  • Outdoor paint
  • Markers
  • Paper towel


  1. First of all, make sure you flower pots are nice and clean. I liked that Maggie chose really bright, colorful pots for this project. You could use simple terra cotta pots for this or even paint them with an outdoor paint. (If you do paint it a base coat, be sure it’s completely dry before you start pressing those little fingerprints onto the pots.) 
  2. Gently push fingers and thumbs into an outdoor paint. Gently press onto a paper towel so the paint isn’t saturated on the pot. Then gently and firmly, press the fingerprint or thumbprint onto the garden pot.
  3. Give the prints time to try. Once dry, use a permanent marker to make little animals from the thumbprints and fingerprints. You can see spiders and caterpillars on here, but be creative and see what other designs you can come up with.
  4. Finally, add a special note or letting to finish decorating your pot. Then stash it away until it’s gift time! The gardener in your life will really love this because it has a personal touch!


Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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