After borrowing the idea of a Pilgrim's Hat planter from the Lowe's Creative Ideas magazine, I decided I wanted something similar for Christmas. It was so easy. I often craft in multiples for gifts. When I went to Lowes to buy clay pots, they only had three... so, three Santa's hats it was.
First, I took three clay pots and painted them red with craft paint. If these were pots you were going to use all year, I would probably get a better paint; however, to last for a season, the craft paint works fine. I painted all the outside, but the bottom, and painted the inside rim. I decided it would look better to have anything not covered with dirt, covered with paint. I let the paint dry, and added a second coat.
potting soil. I added a small Poinsettia and filled the pot with dirt. I then watered the plants well and let the pots dry.