Happy Frog Gardener

By  Barbara Greve 

What gardener can resist this charming little character? This delightful clay pot frog is just the thing to help accessorize your garden. Perfect for any flower bed and a great addition to start the gardening season!

  • Happy Frog Gardener


  • Terra cotta: pot, 6”; saucer, 12”
  • Wooden items: flower, large; circle, jumbo; dowel, 1/4", 10-3/4" length; beads, 1", two; ball knobs, 1-3/4”, two; button plug, 5/8”
  • Rope, 1/4”-wide, 14” length
  • Craft wire: black, 19-gauge, 4”; 24-gauge, 5”


  • Drill bits: 1/16”; glass and tile, 1/4”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Gold, Antique Mauve, Arbor Green, Baby Blue, Berry Red, Black Green, Blush Flesh, Boysenberry Pink, Cadmium Yellow, Deep Midnight Blue, Gooseberry Pink, Hauser Dark Green, Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Limeade, Snow (Titanium) White, Spice Pink, True Blue, Uniform Blue
  • FM Dynasty Paintbrushes: Black Gold, Series 206: Shader, #2, #6, #12; Angular, 1/4”, 3/8”; Flat Wash, 3/4”; Liner, #10/0; Round, #0
  • J.W. etc. Polyurethane Varnish, Matte
  • Gesso
  • API The Ultimate! Crafter’s Pick Glue

Basic Supplies

  • permanent fine-line marker, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Happy Frog Gardener

  • Preparation
  • 1. Print patterns.
  • 2. For hands, cut 3/4" length from dowel; glue wood beads together using dowel. Use 1/16" bit to drill hole through sides of button plug. Align button plug to center of flower; drill holes through flower on either side of button plug. Spread glue on back of button plug; thread 24-gauge wire through button plug holes and through holes in flower then spread glue onto top of remaining dowel length (stem) and twist wire onto dowel securing flower in place. Lay flat to dry.
  • 3. Use pattern as guide to mark 1/4" holes at sides of frog (pot) for arms and on lily pad (saucer) to hold flower stem. Use 1/4" bit to drill holes through sides of frog and into lily pad just deep enough to hold stem securely. Base button plug (flower center) Cadmium Yellow, flower with mix of Spice Pink + Snow White (2:1), circle (frog top to cover pot hole) Limeade, and stem Hauser Med. Green. Shade Boysenberry Pink along outer edges of petals and around flower center.
  • 4. Undercoat saucer with gesso; let dry and transfer pattern. Base pot Limeade; let dry and transfer pattern. Extend legs over rim of pot.
  • Saucer
  • 1. Base top of rim Snow White, outer rim top Berry Red, and remaining outer side of saucer Cadmium Yellow. Base inside rim Hauser Lt. Green. Use liner to stroke Hauser Med. Green and Hauser Dk. Green grass blades. Base lily pad Arbor Green, frog's feet Limeade, and water Baby Blue. Use equal mix of Black Green + Arbor Green to shade along bottom of grass and along outer edges of lily pad; shade flipped up areas and along crease lines of lily pad. Use #2 shader to paint Hauser Lt. Green spots on feet; shade Hauser Dk. Green. Shade Hauser Lt. Green along edges of feet; deepen with Hauser Med. Green and finally with Hauser Dk. Green. Highlight toes Snow White. Highlight lily pad with mix of Antique Gold + Hauser Lt. Green (2:1). Shade water with equal mix of True Blue + Uniform Blue; deepen with Deep Midnight Blue. Highlight "waves" here and there with Snow White; use round brush to add highlight dots.
  • Frog
  • 1. Base rope (arms) and hands Limeade; drybrush each Hauser Lt. Green. Using photo as guide, base eyes Snow White, pupils Lamp Black, and eyelids Limeade. Use Hauser Lt. Green to shade around bottom of body, legs, mouth, eyelids, and dragonfly. Repeat with Hauser Med. Green and then with Hauser Dk. Green. Use #2 shader to paint Hauser Lt. Green spots; shade Hauser Dk. Green. Drybrush Limeade here and there. Use Snow White to walk out small area of highlighting on pupils then add highlight dot with round brush. Drybrush Snow White on center front of body, top of legs and eyelids. Drybrush cheeks Blush Flesh; highlight Snow White and add tiny dots.
  • Dragonfly
  • 1. Base body with equal mix of Gooseberry Pink + Snow White; use same mix and Snow White (1:1) to highlight. Use 3/8" angular and Snow White to highlight wings. Base eyes Snow White and pupils Lamp Black; highlight dot pupils Snow White. Shade Antique Mauve along outer edges of body and wings.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Glue circle and eyes in place as shown. Use black permanent fine-line marker to add detailing. Thread arms (rope) through holes in frog and glue ends into sides of hands. For eyelashes, cut four 1" lengths from 19-gauge wire. Use 1/16" bit to drill two holes into sides of eye lids and glue eyelashes in place. (Note: Omit eyelashes if desired.)
  • 2. Follow manufacturer's directions to apply two coats varnish over entire project.