When it came out, my son and I fell in love with the Dreamworks movie Trolls. We watch it almost every day , if we aren’t watching it, the soundtrack is definitely playing in the car and sometimes in the house. The characters make us happy. When Branch gets his happy back , my son shrieks with joy and says, ” Mommy! His color came back!”
So…needless to say it was only a matter of time before I decided to come up with something that we could create that would incorporate the beloved Trolls characters into something we would love to use and enjoy. Enter troll pots. Not only do I have a deep passion for those crazy Trolls and their catchy tunes, but I love plants and having things grow. So naturally I tried to figure out a way to make our planters awesome and purposeful.
Now trolls are small so I went with 1 inch pots. I made a Poppy, Branch, and a Biggie.They are my top three from the movie. I tried to decide if I wanted to plant seeds or put little plants in them so I went with both. Poppy and Branch were planted and Biggie got a seed to see how he does.
The whole thing from start to finish was a blast. My son kept asking to sing the songs, and then saying ” Mommy, look at me!” as he planted his flower. It melted my heart. I did manage a few pictures to show some of the steps, but honestly I got lost in a memory. However, I will tell you all you’ll need and show you what we did! I hope you enjoy it like we did.
Things you will need.
- Acrylic Paint in your choice of colors.
- smock to cover your little one!
- newspaper /tablecloth to protect your space.
- 1 inch pots ( feel free to make it bigger though!)
- paint brushes
- googly eyes
- sharpie fine point
- your choice of plant
First thing you will want to do is cover your area and get smocks on. Painting is a blast, and it sometimes gets everywhere!
After you have your area secured and protected, have your little one paint the troll the color they want. I applied 3 coats to my pots. They are Terra cotta so they are very thirsty and 3 coats seemed to make my color pop like I wanted.
With that many coats you will want to let it dry for about 5-10 minutes, you will be able to tell when it is no longer wet by running your finger over the paint lightly. I then sealed my pots so that when they were watered the paint would hold up longer. For this I used Mod Podge acrylic spray sealer. I applied 3 coats, and you have to wait 15 minutes between coats. Here is where you have the kids go run around and play or take a nap. I have a 2 year old, so we had nap time while I sealed the pots.
Once the pots were dry and we were up from our nap, the fun continued. We glued on our eyes and cut out our pieces for the nose from the foam. Now we did not use a template, we just made shapes close to our characters noses we picked. However if you don’t want to even attempt to cut a nose out, tiny pom poms would work great here, too! we had cut out ears to put on our trolls, but it was decided that it was too hard to get them glued on.
While we let our glue dry ( if you have an impatient kiddo you can always hot glue.) we decided what we were going to put in the pots. I decided on a fun little spikey succulent plant in mine and he wanted a trailing stone crop in his. it looked like long hair and he was very pleased with himself. In the last pot we planted a Safflower seed and are going to see what becomes of it.
Once the glue was dry enough to not shift the eyes about , we filled our pots with dirt and planted our plants. We put a little water in and set them in a sunny window. I love looking up and seeing the smiling faces we created. I can’t wait to see how they look as the plants get bigger and make their hair look crazy!
Did you try to make troll pots? Did you make some other character completely! I would love to see your creations in the comments!