Make your own mini clay pots

The current house plant craze is taking the interiors world by storm, and tiny plants in cute planters are an on-trend way to green any interior for less. We’ll show you how to make your own mini planter from air drying clay.

Bunnings magazine November 2019

Tools and materials:

25mm paintbrush

Air drying clay

Clean cloth

Cup of water

Pencil

Water-based sealer

1. Knead the clay

With clean hands and work area, knead the clay until soft and smooth, then divide it roughly into four pieces. 

Tip: Work with one piece at a time, keeping the remaining clay covered with a damp cloth.

2. Shape the base

Dip your fingers into the water to dampen them, then roll the clay into a long, thin piece. Coil it tightly into a base, then in layers around the edge to build the sides.

3. Blend the layers

Dampen fingers to smooth the end into the top and blend the layers, smoothing upwards from the outside. 

4. Don’t forget about drainage

With a pencil, make a hole in the base of each vessel for drainage. Leave them to dry for at least 24 hours at room temperature.

5. Seal the vessel

To seal the vessel, use a small paintbrush to apply water-based sealer inside and out, ensuring the top lip and base is sealed well. Leave to dry thoroughly before use. 

 
small pot plants

Small is beautiful

Big things come in small packages, and this applies to the plant world too! So, pop in to your local Bunnings and pick up the perfect small plant for your new mini clay pot.

 

Photo credit: James Moffatt

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