Tie-Dye Flower Pot Summer STEAM Craft for Kids

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Create a colorful flower pot this spring or summer using a milk jug and sharpies! Tie-Dye Flower pot is a fun and easy STEAM craft for Kids.

Tie-Dye Flower Pot Summer STEAM Craft for Kids

Liquids like rubbing alcohol are solvents, which means they can dissolve things. In this craft, you’ll use rubbing alcohol to dissolve permanent marker and create a cool tie-dye pattern on your very own flowerpot. 

How to Make Tie-Dye Flower Pot Summer STEAM Craft for Kids

Caution: Ask an adult to cut the milk jug in half and be careful not to get the permanent markers on any other surfaces. Rubbing alcohol should not be put in your mouth. 

  1. Cut a milk jug in half just below the handle.
Tie-Dye Flower Pot Summer STEAM Craft for Kids
  1. Remove the cap and place the top part of the jug inside the bottom part, upside down.
  2. Decorate all over the outside of the milk jug with colorful permanent markers.
  1. Place a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a bowl and grab an eye dropper. 
  2. Cover your surface with a piece of cardboard.
  3. Stand your milk jug up right on the cardboard. Carefully drip rubbing alcohol down the sides of the milk jug using the eye dropper. Do this one drop at a time. Watch the colors mix! If you don’t like your design, wipe it off with a paper towel and start again.
  1. Once you’re satisfied, set it aside to dry for 5 minutes. 
  2. (Optional) Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to protect your design from getting scraped off. Set it aside to dry for 30 minutes.
  3. Fill the inner jug with soil and plant a flower. Add water to the outer part. This flower pot is self-watering! Your plant will drink the water as needed!

Tie-Dye Flower Pot Crafty Challenge: Try using only primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and creating new colors by adding the rubbing alcohol. What colors come from mixing red and yellow together, red and blue together, and yellow and blue together?

STEAM Stamp: Permanent markers are solvents, which are solid things that can be dissolved in liquids.  Another common solvent is salt, which dissolves easily in water. 

Age Suitability For Tie-Dye Flower Pot

This activity is good for kids 5 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

Mess Level

This is a mess level medium.

Difficulty to Create Tie-Dye Flower Pot


Skills Developed in Tie-Dye Flower Pot

Language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.


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  • 1 Empty, clean gallon milk jug
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Permanent markers (such as Sharpies)
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (91%)
  • 1 Eye dropper
  • 1 Bowl
  • Piece of cardboard 
  • 1 Paint brush
  • Mod Podge (Optional)

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