It's springtime, and with this season comes TONS of gardening and planting. For me at least. I go crazy buying up all kinds of plants, soil, pots, veggies and its all I can think about, seriously. Usually for indoor plants I will just hang them, or use terra cotta pots, but I was wanting something a little more interesting. This diy is perfect for someone interested in working with clay without having to invest in a pottery class, kiln or pottery wheel. I have a pottery wheel and sketchy kiln I bought at an estate sale that I still need to get checked out. I have been wanting to get my hands into some clay but haven't had the time or desire to invest in such expensive equipment right now. In the meantime I wanted to make something fun with clay that can be baked right at home in your own oven.
polymer clay (I used a 1.75 lb block of sculpey brand)
acrylic rolling pin for clay
circular object (used as template for bottom of pot, you can also use a piece of cardboard)
2 blocks to be used to keep clay thickness even (i used a halved stack of post its)
a sharp clay tool, pencil, any sharp pointy object you can use to draw with
Depending on the size of your pots you can make 1-3 pots with this amount of clay. I made a larger pot and used the rest to make some lovely little mini planters for another DIY which is coming soon!
Begin by conditioning the clay. Break a piece off about 1/3 of the block. Knead it until there are no bubbles and roll it in your palms into a ball. Roll it out using your post-its, cardboard or whatever you are using to achieve a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use your circular object to cut out a circle of the clay. The larger your circle, the more clay you will need for the walls of the pot so try and keep it under 4 inches in diameter. I used the lid of a candle, but look around and you will find something you can use!
If you plan on planting directly into this pot, you will need a hole for drainage. Cut a small circle in the direct center, no larger than half an inch. I made a hole too big in one of them and too much dirt fell out! This is an important step otherwise you could waterlog your plant.
For the outer wall of your pot, knead the clay in the same fashion as before and then roll into a log shape. Turn the log vertically and roll into a long strip. Measure this around the circle to make sure it is long enough to close completely. If it is not long enough just add more bits of clay to the top or bottom and keep rolling. If you get any air bubbles just pop them with the craft knife and keep rolling!
When you reach the length it takes to fully encompass the circle, use a ruler (or any straight edge, I like to live on the wild side and wing it sans ruler...mainly because I am always losing rulers, scissors, exacto knives...) and cut all the sides straight. The wider you make it, the taller the pot will be.
Use your pencil, or whatever you are using to draw on your design. Choose something simple like moons, polka dots, flowers etc. It doesn't have to be perfect, don't worry.
Wrap the etched clay rectangle around the circle. There should be a little overlap. Press all the way around the bottom sealing any space between the wall and the bottom. Also press extra firmly along the seam where the wall meets. And you are done! Just bake according to your clay's directions, sculpey is 275 degrees fahrenheit.
When your pot is done, its time to plant! This pot is perfect for succulent clippings, single cactus paddles, or small plants. I chose this amazing cactus I got in joshua tree. Its grown pretty big since I got it, and it was time to clip off a large paddle and grow another small cactus!
Hope you guys get to try this diy and let me know below if you tried it! Happy planting!