DIY Air Dry Clay Planters

Rainy Day Gardening: Make This Indoor Hanging Clay Planter

It may be raining day in, day out here in the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn’t stop me from getting my hands dirty indoors with this fun hanging clay planter project. I spent a few dreary afternoons making these air-dry clay planters to display a few of my favorite indoor succulents and I must say my home is a little more cheery now that these little guys are hanging in my window.DIY Air Dry Clay Planters

This was my first time working with clay (since I was a kid) and I must say I’m now addicted! This project, though a little time consuming due to dry times, was both simple and fun and would make a great rainy day activity to do with kids or grandkids too.

DIY Aqua Hanging Clay Planter

Materials:

  • Air-dry clay (or oven-bake)
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • 3” circle cookie cutter
  • Small shape cookie cutters
  • Wooden skewer
  • Acrylic paint
  • Braided chord or string

Make It!

Cover your work surface with parchment paper and roll out the clay to ¼” thickness.

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (1)

Using a ruler and x-acto knife, cut clay into a 10” x 3.5” rectangle.

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (2)

Then cut out a 3” circle using a cookie cutter or pint glass.

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (3)

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (4)

Next roll out some more clay to 1/8” thickness and cut out some small shapes using cookie cutters or you can cut shapes free-style using an x-acto knife. Arrange the shapes onto the rectangle piece. Use a little water to wet one side of the shape and press it (wet side down) onto the rectangle (this will help the clay shapes stick to the clay rectangle).

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (5)

Carefully wrap the rectangle around the circle and press the ends together to create the sides of your planter. Then roll out some thin “snakes” of clay and press one into the inside bottom of the planter (where the walls meet the circle base) as well as where the ends of the rectangle meet to create the sides. Use your fingers to smooth the clay snake into the cracks to create a watertight seal.

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (6)

Use a wooden skewer to poke four evenly spaced wholes near the top of the planter. I also added a drain hole at the bottom. Allow planter to dry completely (at least 24 hours).

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (7)

How to Make Air Dry Clay Hanging Planters Step (8)

Paint the planter with acrylic paints and thread braided chords (or string) through the holes of the planter for easy hanging.

Painting clay planters

Making hanging clay planters

Note: I made my braided chords using embroidery floss and the lacis cord maker.

Finished Green DIY Clay Planter

DIY Hanging Clay Planter Blue Moon

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About the Author : Rachel BeyerRachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker living in Portland, Oregon. She spends her days working at Molly Muriel Apothecary and blogging at Adventures In Making. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, gardening, and crafting.View all posts by Rachel Beyer

  1. Sue
    SueApril 20,16

    These look great. Definitely going to try this next time we have a wet weekend (it probably won’t be long here in England!)

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