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4th of July Clay Pot Craft

This 4th of July clay pot craft is just one of many craft ideas for kids that they can work on to be part of the festivities. With the parades, cookouts, and fireworks, it’s no surprise kids get excited to celebrate Independence Day! 

We’ll show you how to make your own that you can use as a table centerpiece for wrapped candy treats or even tea lights. 

If your child loves to paint then they will enjoy this craft project! The 4th of July clay pots look like Uncle Sam’s hat, which makes a nice decoration and can double as a mini candy dish.

Top of image has black and white text over a blue watercolor splash that says 4th of July Clay Pot Craft. A small clay flower pot and saucer are painted red, white, and blue to look like Uncle Sam's hat. It is filled with white crinkle paper and Hershey's kisses.

After painting a small terracotta pot, don’t be surprised if they are inspired to decorate large flower pots too!

Want more patriotic craft ideas? Check out our popsicle stick Uncle Sam craft.

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Fourth of July Clay Pot Craft Supplies

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Painting can get messy no matter how careful you try to be, so don’t forget to grab an art smock before you get started!

Small clay flower pot painted to look like a patriotic top hat. It is filled with wrapped chocolate kisses. In the background is a small wooden frame and a small green plant.

You can use any size terracotta pots you would like, but to achieve the look of a hat brim, the saucer will need to be slightly larger.

We’ve listed candy in the supply list, but you can fill your 4th of July clay pot with anything you’d like. For example, instead of treats, try placing a tea light inside for low lighting at the table.

Another idea is to place decorations that stick up out of them. You could even use them to hold pens and pencils on your desk.

How to Make a 4th of July Clay Pot

Start by preparing your clay pot and saucer. Remove any tags on them. Paint the clay pot white inside and out and set aside to dry. Paint another coat if needed. 

Small clay pot painted completely white. Paint brush and bottle of white paint are on the right hand side of the pot.

Next, paint the terracotta saucer completely blue. After it dries add a second coat if needed. While both the flower pot and saucer will need time to dry in between steps, the paint dries fairly quickly on the clay surface. Drying times will still vary depending on how thick each coat of paint is.

With a small flat paintbrush, paint red stripes vertically around the flower pot. Allow time to dry then apply another coat if necessary. To help younger children with painting the stripes, you can use painters tape to block off white stripes.

On the right side is a terracotta flower pot painted white with red vertical stripes and a blue band around the bottom. To the left of the pot is a clay pot saucer painted blue. To the very left is a paintbrush and bottle of blue paint.

After the red paint has dried, paint a blue strip about one inch wide around the base of the flower pot. You may need a second coat to ensure the white and red aren’t showing through.

Red, white, and blue painted clay pot with silver craft foam stars being attached around the base with a glue gun.

For the stars, you can cut out five star shapes from silver glitter craft foam or use about 5 silver star stickers. Glue the stars on the blue band you painted around the bottom of the clay pot. If you’d prefer to paint your stars on, you are welcome to do that too!

To keep this all together, we recommend using a glue gun to secure the painted flower pot to the painted saucer. Now it looks like Uncle Sam’s hat!

You can add white paper shred and wrapped candy inside for a festive, patriotic candy dish decoration.

Clay pot painted to look like a patriotic hat with red and white stripes, silver stars, and a blue painted saucer as the hat brim. Flower pot is filled with wrapped candy.

Additional Fourth of July Kids Activities

It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops until fall. Whether you homeschool or your kids attend traditional school, it’s important to continue some educational activities to avoid the dreaded “summer slide.”

The good news is it’s possible to work on skills without it feeling like work! Kids love holiday themed activities, especially if they are fun and engaging. Offer a variety of options such as books, printables, games, and crafts.

4th of July Books for Kids

Pick one or more of these books about the Fourth of July to read aloud with your child. Reading is a great activity for bonding as well as to help your child learn how to read and expand their vocabulary.

If your child looks forward to the different ways people celebrate this holiday, then they will enjoy The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing. It’s about the excitement and preparation for the holiday festivities.

The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh is a story that introduces children to the historical events of the American Revolution and the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

Is your child interested in learning about the history of the American flag and how it came to look like it does today? Then they might like to read Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag by John Herman.

Learn about the historical document that officially separated the United States colonies from Britain and led to independence in the book, What Is The Declaration of Independence? by Michael C. Harris. It is part of the What Was? series, which has lots of books to engage children in learning about history.

4th of July Printables

Preschoolers will love these 4th of July Do a Dot printables from my friend Crystal. Using Do a Dot markers or other manipulatives to cover the circles is an easy fine motor activity.

A fun way to work on number recognition is to use our Patriotic Stars Roll and Cover printable math game. Just roll the die and cover up the number until the sheet is full.

More July Kids Crafts

Small clay flower pot painted to look like a patriotic top hat. It is filled with wrapped chocolate kisses. In the background is a small wooden frame and a small green plant.

4th of July Clay Pot Craft for Kids

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10 or less

Paint a 4th of July clay pot for a fun and easy patriotic craft for kids!


  • Clay Flower Pot (3.5 inch)
  • Clay Flower Pot Saucer (4.5 inch)
  • Red, White and Blue Craft Paints
  • Silver Glitter Craft Foam or Star Shaped Stickers
  • Wrapped Candy of Choice
  • White Paper Shred


  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


  1. Completely paint the clay pot white (inside and out). 
  2. Paint the saucer entirely blue.
  3. After the paint dries, apply another coat of paint if needed before continuing to the next step.
  4. Paint red vertical stripes around the flower pot using a small flat paintbrush. Use painters tape if needed to guide you.
  5. Paint a blue stripe around the base of the clay pot that is about one inch wide. 
  6. Cut out and glue on five silver glitter stars along the blue band.
  7. Use a glue gun to attach the clay flower pot to the saucer.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Julie Briones

Monday 3rd of June 2024

Such a cute and clever patriotic craft, Darcy! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About. I'm happy to be featuring you at tomorrow's party! Pinned!

Darcy Zalewski

Sunday 16th of June 2024

Thank you, Julie! I greatly appreciate the feature :)

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