Mini Upcycled Potted Plants

Mini Upcycled Potted Plants

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate with this fun potted succulent project!

What you Need

 What you need:

Small plastic cup

Newspaper or coffee filters


Elmer’s White School Glue

Acrylic craft paint in a variety of colors

2 magnets

Elmer’s Extra Strength Glue Stick

Miniature plants or succulents


Step One

Step 1

Pour Elmer’s White School Glue into a small bowl. Use a paintbrush to spread the glue all over the outside of the cup.

Step Two

Step 2

Choose whether you want to decorate your cup with a coffee filter, a newspaper collage, or both. If you choose a coffee filter, place one coffee filter onto the glue-covered cup and press, then repeat the process by adding another layer of glue and another coffee filter. If you choose newspaper, put a layer of torn newspaper on the outside of your cup, adding extra glue and newspaper until the cup is adhered.

Step Three

Step 3

Allow the glue to dry (this will take about an hour). Tip: While the glue is drying, review the Level Up section below and start a plant observation journal.

Step Four 

Step 4

Once the glue is dry, use different colored paints to decorate your pot. Allow the paint to dry. 

Step Five

Step 5

Use Elmer’s Extra Strength Glue Stick to attach two magnets to the back of the cup. Are you worried that the glue won’t be strong enough to hold up a heavy plant? No worries! We developed the perfect formula to make this extra strength glue stick work.

Step Six

Step 6

Add your succulent to the plant holder and fill with additional soil if needed.

You’re done! Now, find a bright, sunny spot for your plant and water as needed. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that there is a whole field of science dedicated to the study of plants? The study of plants is a science called Botany. Botanists study the structure, function, genetics, ecology, and importance of different plants.

Let’s see if you can be a botanist! What do you think a plant needs to stay healthy and alive? Plants need sunlight and water to grow. Sunlight assists plants with photosynthesis, the process plants use to make their food, using carbon dioxide and water. Observe your plant for a few days and see if you think it has everything it needs to stay healthy.

Have you ever wondered why some plants need lots of water and some need hardly any? Plants survive in ll kinds of environments, from the wettest rain forests to the driest deserts. When you buy a plant, it will come with a set of instructions for its individual care. Read the instructions carefully to make sure that you know what your plant needs to stay healthy.

By Elmer’s

April 22, 2020