Tony knows I'm always down for a good craft project, and since DIY gifts are a staple for Mother's Day, we made decorated ceramic flower pots for the moms in our lives (for me, my mom; for Tony, his lovely wife).

So I decided we would try making Sharpie decorated flower pots. It's a pretty simple craft -- you just need ceramic pots to decorate (I got these at the craft store) and oil-based Sharpies. It's very important to be sure you have OIL BASED paint markers -- regular Sharpies will not work.

The rest is pretty easy -- decorate to your heart's content. But decorate carefully -- the oil-based paint markers WILL stain clothing. Pro tip: if you make a mistake on the pot, use a q-tip with rubbing alcohol on it to clean up mistakes.

 

Ideally, let these dry for 72-hours. Then bake them in your oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes. Put the pot in the oven before you heat it up, and leave it in there after it cools. Handwash only :)

 

The finished product!