04.27.15

MAKE IT/ WALL PLANTERS

i’m excited to be partnering with boots beauty on this DIY post. they have an amazing line of plant-based skin care products that are completely affordable and really pull their weight in the skin improvement category. some office favorites are the all bright balm (makes you look like you slept 8 hours, seriously!), the facial oil and the toner which magically doesn’t bother my sensitive skin.

in keeping with the green theme, natalie came up with this genius DIY for wall hanging planters. you can use air dry clay so no need to get crazy with ceramic throwing and you can make them at home with very few tools needed.

what you’ll need:
air dry clay (we used Crayola)
• rolling pin
• canvas about 18 x 24 inches
• exacto blade
• ceramic pin tool (available at art and craft stores)
• sandpaper
• craft or spray paint
• tissue paper or newsprint and drawing paper
• small sponge

how to make them:

• first make yourself a pattern of the shape you want your plant pocket to be. make two of the exact same shape by tracing your shape and then cut the top off of one in a nice rounded shape, that piece will serve as the front of your pocket. round and oval shapes work the best and they can be perfect or irregular, what ever you like

• roll 2 balls of clay, the size of a fist, in between a folded piece of canvas until they are about 1/4 inch in thick. note: rolling the clay on canvas will keep the clay from sticking to your work table and make it easier to pick up

• cut out each pattern piece from your flattened clay with an exacto knife (clay is surprisingly easy to cut with a sharp blade)

• roll one coil of clay long enough to go around the bottom curve of your front pattern piece taking care to taper the ends a bit

• with the pin tool make score marks along all the edges that your two pieces will meet to form your pocket

• on your front piece attach the coil to the area that you have scored. add a little water to the clay to help the coil stick to the other piece of clay, score the top of the attached coil as well

• cut a piece of drawing paper slightly smaller but in the same shape as your front pattern piece. it doesn’t need to be perfect just enough to cover the surface of the exposed clay inside the coil area. this will help keep your two clay pieces from touching when you join then and also help you keep the shape smooth

• with a sponge put a little water on the coil and the scored part of the other piece of clay

• crumple a little piece of newsprint or tissue paper and put it on the large flat piece of clay. this will help you create the shape of the pocket when you join the two pieces

• now you get to join your two pieces together! when you have them lined up so all the edges are in the right place pinch the 2 pieces together kind of like a pie crust

• with your sponge smooth all the edges and surfaces. if your edge is a little bumpy from pinching it run the pin tool along it and take off any small pieces

• shape your pocket and put in extra tissue paper if necessary to keep it propped up while drying. after the clay has dried for an hour or so you can put your last finishing touches on the pocket shape and smooth it all out one last time

• after your clay is dry (time depends on climate conditions where you are, in Southern California we find it takes a day or two) you can smooth your pocket even more with sandpaper. use a medium grit first to take down any lumps or bumps and a fine grit to smooth before painting

• we used white spray paint and colored craft paint to finish ours but you can really do anything! dots, stripes, all white, it’s up to you

• use a clear acrylic spray to seal your paint since you will probably need to water your plants, be sure to read all directions on paint dry time so your project stands the test of time.

we decided to use succulents as they require less water and still look great but the plant selection is up to you. have fun and show us what you create!

DIY created by: natalie shriver
photos by: Ivan Solis 

(this post was sponsored by boots beauty. thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create original content for you.)

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    Helen says:

    These planters are gorgeous and a great way to liven up a space. I love that you can use air dry clay to make them because it makes the whole process so much easier.

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    Sjoukje says:

    What an amazing idea! These are so gorgeous! Much love, Sjoukje
    http://www.lemontierres.com

    Emma says:

    Wow, these are brilliant! I love making things out of air dry clay. I’ll definitely be having a go at making these :)

    Sarah says:

    These are adorable! I love the little pop of colour to compliment the green!

    Veronica says:

    The little pop of color on the back works perfect with the green of the leaves and helps the pockets stand out on the wall. Such a great idea!

    Mary says:

    This is such a fun idea! I can’t wait to try this out (I’ll be sure to share it with you on instagram!). I’ve always wanted to invest in wall planters but it will be so much more fun to make my own :)

    Mary / Mostly Salty

    Molly | TLP says:

    dude these are SO awesome! Love em!

    Kamille says:

    These are great, but I’ve read that sometimes air dry clay cracks and crumbles when it dries. How long have they lasted so far?

    Katie says:

    Love these! Might give then a go in porcelain – but may need to make a mould as you can’t join porcelain very easily.

    Sam says:

    Wow! Love this tutorial, can’t wait to try it!

    Hush Hush says:

    These look amazing, such a great idea :) Thanks for sharing this was just what I needed :)

    Brigid Prior says:

    Love these!! Can I ask how much clay you needed? Just one of those buckets you linked?

    claudi says:

    Man that’s a really good idea . I’m just looking at the net for decoration for my walls as I have renovated and now wants to beautify my apartment . I like that better than me , and with the guidance I can certainly . I’ll talk about my result . Thank you and best regards from Germany says Claudia

    Silvana says:

    This is such a amazing project!!

    jen says:

    Every bit of the work is well taken care of… and i like the way you pay attention to details. This is really amazing.

    I am in love with this! I really enjoy working with clay. I think I will have to try this out! Thanks! Great work!

    Kassandra says:

    This is amazing!! Such an creative idea 😀

    Jake says:

    Love these plant pots AWESOME
    I am going to trying to make these

    Elsa says:

    These look super cute and you can’t even tell they were home-made. I love the colors on the inside.

    Natalie says:

    I didn’t have any problems with the Crayola brand clay crumbling. I did add a light mist of water to the container when I wasn’t using the clay to keep it moist. I took a lot of care to give both my spray paint and clear acrylic sealer proper dry time so that that pockets would be more durable and water proof before planting the flowers.

    Eugene says:

    So perfect. I found similar to this on wwww.blogowebgo.com. I would say this is amazing!

    Yu Jin Lee says:

    I am coming back to this page over and over just to watch it again :)

    http://www.blogowebgo.com

    Randi says:

    These are so amazing!!! Do you have a template you used for the shape? I’m such a loser and feel like I’d mess it up without one

    Julie says:

    I am in the middle of making these right now- I have a few things to note. The clay WILL stick to canvas. Have some kind of talc powder available. I resorted to rolling it out on wax paper sprinkled with talc. Another note- newspaper seems to be a bit too jagged to use when propping up the pocket part- definitely use tissue paper or something soft that won’t leave bumps in the pocket. Lastly, I am in Massachusetts- its pretty hot here right now. The humidity probably doesn’t help much with the clay sticking, so you might want to make in an air conditioned area or a time of year that is not humid. after much frustration I have to say I am not overwhelmingly pleased with my results. I’ll have to keep trying! :(

    Stephanie says:

    I’ve used air dry clay before (DAS brand) and it worked really well on a scrap of dry wall. Doesn’t stick at all. I used a small wood rolling pin my kids use for play dough and that worked well too.

    Tatum says:

    LOVE the pink couch and am looking for something similar. Where is it from?

    Nick says:

    These are adorable! I have borderline hoarder tendencies with plants, especially when friends or family are giving them away, and I’m kinda running out of room for ’em. I think if tiny herb plants could work in here, these would be awesome in a kitchen especially.

    Jaclyn Sue says:

    I made these but heart shaped! Check out my rendition on my blog!

    Samantha says:

    These are ADORABLE. Pinning this – can’t wait to make this later.

    Gail miller says:

    Can’t wait to do this day project..thanks their soon pretty…..

    Cindy says:

    What a creative and beautiful project! Thank you! Where were you able to find succulents to place in the planters?

    designlovefest says:

    we found them at our local nursery!

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