Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Polymer Potted Plants Tutorial

I had a few of these mini clay pots hanging around and thought I'd like to try and add flowers to them using polymer clay.

I needed a dome shape on the pot to built my plant off of so I started by balling up a piece of aluminum foil and sticking it into the pot so it fit snugly.

Then covered it with brown clay.

I used a push mold to make enough leaves and flowers to cover the entire thing. But if you don't have a mold like this you can easily make leaves and flowers using this technique.

And added brown centers to each flower, which I then textured by poking with a toothpick.

I baked the entire thing (mini pot and all) in the oven according to the package directions for the clay.

You could stop here and have a cute little plant. Or add wire around the lip to fashion this into a hanging plant ornament (I might make a few of these for Christmas to give to the gardeners in my life). But I wanted a plant stake so I used wood glue to attach a dowel into the hole in the bottom of the pot, then I painted the stake green (you could skip this step and leave the dowel natural- it looked nice this way too).

Here's my finished plant stake in a plant on my deck.

I think I'll make a few versions of these with all green leaves- no flowers to mark the herbs. I can write the names on the pot with a permanent marker.


  1. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment Lauren!

  2. Hey, that is really pretty! I reckon it would work for other little (oven- proof) containers, too. I gotta get that polymer clay out! Sweet how you use them in planters, I like that idea.

  3. Thanks lisbonlioness, this was definitely work with any over proof container. Or you could make a container from polymer clay, bake it then do all these steps and bake the entire thing again.

  4. This looks great. I've got some of those mini pots sitting around doing nothing, so this would be a great way to use them.

  5. Thank you Crafty-Arty Kid- if you make some I'd love to see the results- send me pictures or a link!


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