Are looking for a new home for your plant baby? Plant parents around the world are running out of shelter for their ever-expanding plant family, it’s an emergency! Grab some air dry clay and some wooden beads, let’s make them a home. This DIY planter can house your small cacti or succulents. This is such a fun project, I loved seeing come together. You’ll have to prepare the clay rings the day before but once they’re dry, you can complete the planter in no time. Scroll down to find out how to make it!
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Step 1: Make the DIY planter rings
To start off, break your lump of air-dry clay into 3 large pieces. Knead them until they soften and shape them into balls. Roll a ball out into a 3/4 inch disk. If you want, place some books on each side of the rolling pin to ensure the clay is rolled out evenly. The hardest part is finding a book or a combination of books that’s 3/4″ tall…!
Next, find a cup or a jar lid that’s around 4.5″ (11.5cm). Place this lid on top of the clay disk and use a sharp knife to cut around the lid. Remove the excess clay from the disk. Then, find a smaller cup, around 2.5″ (6.5cm), and use this to cut a hole in the middle of the clay disk. You can use the excess clay for the next 2 balls. Make a total of 3 rings of clay.
When your clay rings are done, dip your finger in a cup of water and smooth the edges of the clay rings. The edges would be quite sharp from cutting with a knife so you’ll have to work the clay to shape it into a donut.
Leave your rings to dry for a day or until they’re completely dry.
Step 2: Prepare the clay rings
Now, use a fine-grit sanding block to sand your rings smooth. Be careful not to press too hard and break the rings! Just a light sanding will do. All you want is to smooth out any irregularities.
Wipe your sanded rings with a cloth to remove any remaining dust and paint all your clay rings with matte white paint. If you’re using terracotta clay, like me, you might have to give the rings a couple of coats of paint to make sure the terracotta color doesn’t peek through!
Step 3: Glue the row of wooden beads
When the paint on your rings has dried, sort through your wooden beads to find the 10mm (0.4″) size beads – probably the smallest size in the bunch. Heat up your glue gun and place one clay ring in front of you. Start by applying a tiny drop of glue over the bead hole.
Then, press the bead onto the ring, near the edge. Continue gluing beads all around the edge of the ring.
Step 4: Stack the DIY planter
Once you have completed the row of beads, apply some glue to the second ring and press it down onto the first. Make sure you don’t put so much glue that it drops onto the beads below. You just want enough glue to hold the two together!
Now, start gluing beads on top of the second ring, like you did on the first.
When the second row of beads is finished, glue the last clay ring on top of the beads. Let the glue cool down before you handle the planter.
That’s all! This DIY planter is more of a pot cover in the sense that it’s bottomless. I don’t mind that for plants like cacti because you hardly ever water them so it’s not a problem. If you wanted to use it for another more thirsty type of plant, you could make a thin disk out of clay and glue this at the bottom of the planter to close it.