C.R.A.F.T. #3: Pot Soldier

This was a fun project I helped my mom do for Christmas 2009…
(This was before my blog obsession… which is why there are no action shots!)
How to make a DIY clay pot soldier


  • 5 pots all the same size
  • paint
  • ribbon 
  • belt 
  • hot glue
  • wooden base (we used the top of a stool) 
  • epoxy glue

1: We used the top of an old bar stool for the base of the pot soldier and painted it black. Then paint one pot black too.
2: Paint the rim of the second pot black and paint the below the rim blue.

 DIY Pot Soldier 3: Paint the rim of the 3rd pot black and paint below the rim red.
4: You do not need to paint the rim of the 4th pot. Paint below the rim a skin color.

DIY Pot Soldier 
5: You do not need to paint the rim of the 5th pot. Paint below the rim black.

6: After allowing lots of time for the pots to dry, it is time to embellish!  We added a real belt around the waist, 6 gold buttons and we used ribbon to connect. 
The face is very simple. We used a sharpie for the eyes and mouth. Painted a simple triangle for the nose. The rosy cheeks and almond eye are felt. We used fake fur around the the rim of pot to embellish the hat. We put gold ribbon above the fur to fancy up his hat. The hat topper is actually 2 gold Christmas ornaments we found at Hobby Lobby for 1$.


DIY Pot Soldier

7: The pots are heavy and only glued together with an epoxy glue. Moving them is difficult. We use a little red wagon to move the soldiers from place to place!

DIY clay pot soldier
And here’s one last picture of the clay pot soldiers guarding the house!
DIY Pot Soldiers

I think mini clay pot soldiers would be just as cute and way easier to handle! 



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  2. My mom had one of these when I was growing up. I am thinking I am going to have to make one this year to add to my Christmas deco!

  3. This is unbelievably cute! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Super cute. My mom has one of these from back when I was younger and I haven't seen them made it a while. He looks so great.

  5. Oh my goodness this is so super cute! I am totally going to make one of these for our front porch. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I stumbled over from Be Different..Act Normal. This is fantastic. I love, love, love Nutcrackers. I don't think I'll be able to pull this off this year but I'm definitely putting this on the "to do" list for next year. Thanks for sharing!

  7. How adorable! i love it!

  8. These look amazing outside your house. Too adorable. I think I'll be making a mini-set of my very own. Thanks for the great inspiration!


  9. Wow this is super cool

  10. My friend and I want to make these! I need two for my mantel base. These would be perfect! I am a new follower. Follow me!!

  11. Wow! These look great. You do have to have an impressive sized house to display them. They look great on your porch.

  12. That is AMAZINGLY cute! And I love the way the look in front of the door! I am going to have to find a way to make them more secure because I am sure my kids would knock that guy over!

  13. Lovely, and easy to make ♥ I am a new follower lol. Going to check the rest of your blog now.

    Hugs from the Netherlands

  14. My MIL was just telling me that she wanted to find some toy soldiers for her front porch but couldn't find anything affordable.

    I wish I could think of a way to make them easier to store… but can't come up with anything!

    • Kena Waggoner says:

      Try adding 4 roller cart wheels with locking brakes to the “stool seat” or treated plywood base. That should make it easier to decorate, allow easier transporting and raise it up off the ground a bit so that you can decorate without blocking its bottom pot. I’ve also seen these with a small pot cut in half painted black attached to the bottom pot at the base with the rim end to the large pot. Decorate with smaller gold buttons and cording for shoes.

  15. for a second there I thought your mom lived in my neighborhood because I've been eye some soldiers just like that! Super cute!

  16. Another awesome creation, I bet those were heavy, and yeah little ones would be cute too, but these are just so BOLD, and DEMAND attention, so cute, guarding the house like that.

    Girl, please come share, **Amaze me August** or even my Christmas party **6 weeks 2 JINGLE**, I would just really love to have you.

    Bella :)

  17. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Nice work,inspiring…

  19. Fabulous ,,,Can’t wait to make it ..Thanks for sharing am making big and small ones

  20. Any tips on what type of paint to use? Also did you seal with something after painting? Thanks!

  21. I love this!!

  22. Elizabeth Upshaw says:

    I have been looking how to make these! Could you forward a pic of the top? Did you use one gold ball per soldier hat?

    Thanks so much!!


  23. That is SO cool! I want to make one. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  24. This is so cute. Thank you for sharing how you made it.

  25. Kathy McKellar says:

    Love this. I make the little ones every year to give as gifts to different people. Yours is definitely bigger than mine. They look great!

  26. This is adorable. My mom goes all out every year to decorate. She is always looking for something new. I’m thinking I will try with the plastic pots because of the weight and use velcro to hook them together so they can be taken apart and stored.

    • Plastic pots, velcro attachment…I never considered that, but it’s brilliant! Makes these so much easier to store and transport. Love the idea!

  27. I’ve made these for my front porch also. Instead of gluing them together, I got a dowel rod that will fit through the holes in the bottom of the pots. I screwed it into the bottom round board. I then just slipped the pots in order over the dowels. This eliminates trying to move the whole thing at one time. Hope this helps you out!

    • Great idea, Twyla! I’ve been trying to think of an alternative to gluing the huge pots so that they’re easier to move. The dowel rod makes it do-able!

  28. What kind of paint did you use? Thanks!

  29. I saw a tip on facebook that makes total sense. Put a 3/4″ dowel down the center, attaching it to the base with a screw and a round screw knob at the top. It will help keep it together for years because this guy will weigh quite a bit. Courtesy of Debi Reiser Dame… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200214335480464&set=p.10200214335480464&type=1&theater

  30. I made these with my girl scout about 25yrs ago we use Dixie cups instead of clay pots. they turn out great I still have a set..

  31. Hi – just made these! So cute! I gave them moustaches and big eyebrows like the nutcracker soliders!

    These were about $50 each to make – in Canada – the clay pots were $6 each x 5 = $30 plus paint and buttons and fur, etc.

    I thought about making them with plastic pots but in Canada the winter cold would crack the pots so I went with clay pots.

    Thanks for the great tutorial and idea! My neighbours are asking for me to make them some!

  32. Deborah Aiello says:

    These are adorable. I am going to make these for by the door of our clubhouse at our 55+ community. I know everyone will love them.

  33. what size of pots did you use?

  34. Virginia Tiglio says:

    Love them will make them for Xmas thus year. Thank You….


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