This adorable cat-themed plant holder can be customized to whatever theme your preschooler holds dear to her heart. Not raising a crazy cat lady? Use any picture your child likes to make this project all about her — perhaps even some of her own artwork!
future cat ladies!
- Clean and dry empty cat food or tuna can
- 20 wooden clothes pins
- Picture of a cat — the image shown is free clip-art, sourced online, scaled to size, printed out and colored
- Elmer’s® Early Learners™ Glue Stick
- Small catnip or pet-grass plant
Choose your image
Choose the image and scale you will use — you could even use a photograph — and print it out. The image shown was trimmed to measure 2-5/8 inches, which covered seven standard-sized clothespins.
Cut the pieces
Measure, and then draw light pencil line cutting marks. Have your crafter carefully cut along the lines to create seven 3/8-inch strips.
Glue, glue, glue
Using the Elmer’s® Early Learners™ Glue Stick, adhere the strips of paper to each of the clothespins. The glue stick is purple, but dries totally clear — which makes it easier to see where you’ve applied the glue to ensure great glue coverage.
Assemble the planter
Line up your picture like a puzzle and clip each of the clothespins right next to each other around the tuna can. A standard-sized can will accommodate 20 pins perfectly. Your preschooler may need your assistance with the last clothespin, as it is kind of a tight fit. Place a small catnip or pet-grass plant in the center of the pins. Your cat — and cat lover — will delight in this one-of-a-kind project!