We get so very little time to really enjoy the warm weather because it comes and goes so fast. Why not take some time before the weather gets nice enough to be outdoors to make some of these DIY whimsical garden people and critters. You can take some of the ideas that you pick up here and add your touch or spin on them and make them one of a kind.

These are projects that the whole family will surely love to do and once your new garden family is set up in your backyard it will be the talk of the neighborhood.


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You can see just by looking at this wonder family collection of flower pots how they can be turned into something wonderful.

Family crafts has done an amazing job at giving all sorts of ideas to get you started.


How to Make Clay Flower Pot Person for Your Garden

Follow these instructions and you can create a fun and fabulous clay flower pot person to sit in your garden!

“Cacien, from France, shared these directions for making clay flower pot people. The clay flower pot person here was made by a a class of 5-year-olds. Cacien had the children paint the clay pots and then they assembled them using the chains. Foam was used as a spacer between the pots. To hold the chains in place, Cacien used a nut and bolt. I modified Cacien’s design a little in these directions and made note of the different supplies I used. You can use the supplies and products you prefer! ”

Please visit family crafts for the full instructions

If you have never painted on teracotta before which is what many of the flower pots are made of this video will show you the basics. That way you will feel comfortable when working on your garden people and pets.


Pot Critters:

The following picture will give you an idea of how you can turn those pots into critters of any size and shape you like.

garden horse critter

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This one may be a little easier for you to start off with

garden dog

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With this version you won’t be using plants in it but it really is adorable as your garden watch dog. The project is one that is at craft ideas…


  • Clay pots: 3-3/4”x4-1/2”, four; 6-1/2” diameter, one; 8-1/2” diameter, one
  • DecoArt Americana, Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Shimmering Silver paint
  • DecoArt Indoor/Outdoor Patio Paints: Pinecone Brown, Daisy Cream, Wrought Iron Black, Cloud White
  • Dark brown craft foam, 3mm thick, 8-1/2”x11” sheets, two
  • Black satin ribbon, 1-1/2”-wide, 22 inches
  • Flat wooden disk, 1/16” thick, 1” diameter
  • Natural fiber hair, 12 inches

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil with new eraser, toothpick, paper plate, paper towels, bowl with water


  • Paintbrushes: 1” foam, #4 shader
  • Sea sponge
  • Transfer paper
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive”

Please visit Craft Ideas for the full instruction on how to make this critter, they have some amazing ideas there, and their instructions are really easy to follow.

You have some good pot ideas to get you going now lets look at some other garden characters that are going to make your garden extra special

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