As a child, do you remember painting faces on eggshells and growing cress in them as hair?

This grown-up twist uses colourful plant pots personalised with your own family photos…

You will need:

  • Ceramic plant pots (we used 6cm-tall pots for seedlings)
  • Ruler
  • Enamel spray paint (optional)
  • Digital photos of children’s faces
  • Photo paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Clear all-purpose glue
  • Brush
  • Decorator’s clear varnish
  • Compost
  • Small plants or seeds
  1. Measure the height of your pots from top to bottom. If it has a rim, measure from
    just below the rim to the base.
  2. If you wish, spray the pots with enamel spray paint to give it some colour. Several thin, light coats are better than one heavy coat, which might run. Leave to dry. If the pot has a drainage plate, paint that too.
  3. Resize your photo so the measurement from the chin to halfway up the forehead of the subject is just smaller than the height of the pot.
  4. To adjust the colour, play with the ‘Hue’, ‘Variations’, or ‘Tint’ options in your photo software. We changed the photos to match the colour of the pots, but you could try complementary colours, or leave them a natural skin tone.
  5. Print out on photo paper at a high quality and leave to dry for 30 mins. Using scissors, carefully cut around the outline of the face, then cut across the forehead in a straight line.
  6. Apply glue to the back of the face and stick it to the pot, lining up the top of the image with the top of the pot (or just below the rim).
  7. Brush on a layer of clear decorator’s varnish and leave to dry. Repeat for increased water resistance. Fill with compost and plant cuttings or seeds to create the ‘hair’.

Photo Art by Ellie Laycock, £12.99, Cico Books.

Charlie Dimmock

Gardener at BBC Gardeners World
Charlotte Elouise "Charlie" Dimmock (born 10 August 1966) is an English gardening expert and TV presenter. She was one of the team on Ground Force, a BBC gardening makeover programme.