Introduction: Bulbasaur Flower Pot

Make a Bulbasaur (actually more of an Ivysaur) that holds a plant on its back.

Materials needed:

  • A small plant in a pot
  • Printer
  • Thick paper (if available)
  • Paper mache
  • Utility knife
  • Paints
  • Aluminium foil & tape
  • Spray lacquer

Step 1: Build the Structure

Download the ivysaur papercraft from, which will form the base. It works well, as it has a large, straight-ish back to put the plant in.

Print it out on thicker than normal paper (if available) as that will increase the stability of the design. Make sure your printer can use it. Assemble with glue (and tape, if required).

We used A4 for printing, which resulted in an Ivysaur of 11cm x 10cm.

Step 2: Cover With Paper Mache

In order to make a structurally sound Pokémon, we'll use paper mache to cover the whole body.

Wait till each layer has dried before applying the next one to prevent the papercraft from getting too soggy.

We applied about 4 layers of newspaper and finished off with a layer of white paper for easier painting. Wait at least a day to allow everything to dry through properly.

Step 3: Color

Color your Pokémon using opaque colors (we opted for acrylic paint).

We used light blue as a base and mixed in some green.

In retrospect it might have been cleverer to cut the hole for the pot (next step) before coloring, so you might want to consider doing that first.

Step 4: Cutting a Hole for the Pot

Using a utility knife / X-Acto blade make a hole in the back of the model.

Keep enlarging the hole and testing with the flower pot to get a snug fit.

Step 5: Add Details

Add some character by painting on details:

We printed the papercraft again and cut out the eyes to get an idea of their correct size and position. Then painted first a layer of white acrylic paint, then a layer of red and added the pupils using a marker. Also use the marker to draw a line around the eyes to highlight them and give a neater look.

We simply used green to paint the spots by freehand. They have 3 or more corners, rounded edges and are usually accompanied by a smaller spot next to them.

Cut out and glued together from the papercraft (little pyramids) and glued in place.

Nose, ears, toes, eyebrows
Just painted on with acrylic and marker.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

In order to make the Pokémon shiny, we'll use spray lacquer (from the hardware store).

Follow the instructions and coat the model with a few layers of lacquer (we did about 4).

In order to stop water flowing into the body (in case of overwatering the plant) we built a flexible coaster out of aluminium foil and tape and put it inside the body. It needs to be flexible in order to fit through the hole while being larger than the base of the flower pot.

We added some stones in the front to offset the weight of the plant and keep Ivysaur from tipping over.

You are done! Enjoy your shiny Pokémon flower pot.

It seems this instructable has garnered a bit of attention. Here are some articles written on the subject, containing other cool ideas:


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misko13 made it!(author)2014-10-09

I loved your idea. I wanted to make my own and here it is. I made a change to it. Instead of making a paper structure and adding a plastic pot, I made a pot of it adding layers of filler and resin.

chrisma0 made it!(author)2014-10-09

Oh wow! Good job! That looks really polished!

Battleant121 made it!(author)2015-12-31

Very clever idea!

chrisma0 made it!(author)2016-01-01

Thanks! :)
Do post pictures if you decide to try it yourself!

kreator made it!(author)2014-04-13

This is genius..I'm jealous that I didn't think of this first

chrisma0 made it!(author)2014-04-23

Make ALL the Pokémon :)

magicman391 made it!(author)2014-04-22

would it be possible to attach a pdf of the unfolded papercraft?

chrisma0 made it!(author)2014-04-23

Hi. Do you mean the papercraft template? I used the one by, which can be found here (also linked in step 1). You can download it in A4 or letter format.

JonnyBGood made it!(author)2014-04-10

Love it! If only it were full scale....

chrisma0 made it!(author)2014-04-11

Thanks! I totally want to see someone build a larger version (i.e. using A3 paper for the papercraft) as well!

Ryklis made it!(author)2014-04-20

Awesome tutorial, thanks you !! Oh, Want a A3 paper crafted ? Here it is ! (But not mine)

chrisma0 made it!(author)2014-04-20

Oh hey, thanks for posting the link! Glad I inspired someone! :)
Using clay to smooth the model out seems like a good idea.

claramecium made it!(author)2014-04-11

Bulbasaur also used to be one of my favorite Pokemon.

claramecium made it!(author)2014-04-11

Cool. I used to really be into Pokemon when I was little.

RyPKelley made it!(author)2014-04-10

I love it! My first thought was, "this is one of the coolest things ever!" Second thought was that it was more of an Ivysaur or Venusaur. I cracked up when you said exactly that.

chrisma0 made it!(author)2014-04-11

Glad you like it! Yeah, Ivysaur works much better here, because of its flatter back.
I figured more people would know Bulbasaur though :)

M3G made it!(author)2014-04-10

This is so COOL!

anapet01 made it!(author)2014-04-10

Thx u so much

Danger+is+my+middle+name made it!(author)2014-04-10

I love this idea, it looks great!

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