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DIY Photo Flower Pot (…fun for Mother’s Day!)

Mother’s Day is about a month away…..can you even believe that?!  I feel like we should still be having Easter though, so maybe that’s why it feels strange to be thinking ahead to Mother’s Day already.  (Easter in March always messes me up!)

Anyway, I’ve been thinking for a few weeks about my Michaels Maker post for this month, which is all about Mother’s Day, and I really wanted to come up with something that could be made for your own mother, grandma, or for that special person who has always been like a mom to you!  But I also wanted it to be something you could make for yourself and enjoy in your home to celebrate the people you love, even if you aren’t a mom in the physical child bearing sense of the word.

Because wouldn’t this be so cute for a teenager who wants to add pictures of their best friend?  Or even a collage of your favorite photos of that trip to Italy you took last summer? (Oh, how I wish!)  Or maybe you’re a pet lover.  Or a photography fanatic.  You really could attach any type of pictures!

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But since Mother’s Day is coming up…..think of how sweet it would be to receive a pot of freshly blooming plants, with some of their favorite faces attached right to the pot!

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Or hey, this would be a fun one for dad and the kids to get involved helping with, to make for mom!  Or grandma!  Or anyone at all! :)

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Let’s get started!



  • Metal Pot (or a sealed ceramic pot….I think a porous terra cotta plant might be too porous and may cause the photos to peel when consistently wet)
  • printed photos (I just printed mine out on card stock)
  • Mod Podge, outdoor variety (for extra durability….in case it becomes slightly moist)
  • sponge brush


Start by printing and cutting out some photos of your favorite faces.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of each photo and position onto your pot.  (Make sure the surface is smooth, otherwise it won’t adhere correctly.)  You can even type out a name/year card like I did….and add that as well!

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I mentioned up in the supply list that it’s important to not use a porous pot that hasn’t been sealed on the surface, because I worry that if the pot sits wet for a few hours, each time you water, the photos will eventually peel off. But if your pot is painted and sealed, that would work just fine, because it provides a barrier between the water and your photos.  Or, you can find a metal pot like mine above (which I purchased at Michaels).

I also had great success using this OUTDOOR Mod Podge.  It’s a little thicker and seals up super hard…..and is more durable than your standard Mod Podge.

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Make sure your photos have dried to your pot and then add a generous layer of your OUTDOOR Mod Podge over top the photos, overlapping onto the pot.  Let dry completely.

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Now it’s time to fill with some plants and deliver to mom!  Or if you’ve made a different variety for yourself……enjoy!

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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Lindsay H says:

    I got my pots at Michael’s today! What size photos did you use? Your proportions look great!

  2. Tim says:

    Now this is something! I was thinking of ideas to surprise my wife and this must be it. Should start planning with the kids as early as now. LOL. Anyways, thanks for the idea! :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes Tim……go ahead and get it done now, keep it a secret, and I bet she will absolutely LOVE it! :)

  3. Erin R. says:

    Great idea! I LOVE this idea for grandmas!

    Is this something that is better eat somewhere where the elements won’t be a problem? Or do you think the modge-podge will work out ok?

    Also- do you recommend a certain plant variety? Thanks!

    1. Erin R. says:

      **better kept somewhere….

    2. Samantha says:

      The mod podge that she used is for outdoor use so I bet it would work in most elements

    3. Ashley says:

      Yes, the mod podge is an outdoor variety……so it should be okay, even if it gets wet!

      And really, you could put any type of plant inside. The ones I used are an indoor plant but you could do flowers too. Really, whatever the recipient loves best! :)

  4. janet says:

    Just wondered why you glued thd puctures of the kids youngest to oldest, byt printed theur names oldest to youngest?

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…..I didn’t even catch that! And I don’t know why…….just turned out that way! ;)

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