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DIY Clay Cat Planter

Posted by Meghan Quinones

Cover an ugly plastic pot with clay and to turn it into a friendly cat pot!

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A few weeks ago we did a painted pot Crafternoon. Everyone decorated their pots and picked their favorite succulent plant. Well, we must have miscounted because we had quite a few extra succulent plants in the office. Instead of tossing the extra plants (because we did not have any more pots to put them in), I decided to create a clay pot around the plastic one that housed the succulent!

To create my clay pot, I used DAS Air Hardening Clay. I wrapped the clay around my pot, but I didn't just keep my clay the same shape as my pot. No, I added cat ears! I thought it would be more interesting to add playful little cat ears to my and a cute little cat face. My plastic pot now has some serious cuteness going on!

Here's what you'll need:

  • DAS Air Drying Clay
  • Plastic Pot and Succulent
  • Marker
  • X-acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Rolling Pin
  • Paper
  • Paint and Paint Brush

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Lay your pot on top of your paper. Begin to trace the top and bottom of the pot. Start to slowly rotate your pot while you trace the top and bottom. Keep tracing until you have a strip of paper that is long enough to wrap around your pot.

Step 2: Cut out your strip of paper.

Step 3: Use your hands to flatten out your clay, pressing down in the center and all of the edges.

Step 4: Take your rolling pin (err..or your large craft glue bottle!) and press down on our clay, really thinning it out. You will want your clay to be about 1/8 inch thick.

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Step 5: Trace the bottom of your pot.

Step 6: Once your clay is flattened, place your paper template on top of your clay and cut around your template. Instead of cutting straight across, you will add two little triangles when you get to the center of your clay (these will be your ears!).

Step 7: Wrap your clay around your plastic pot.

Step 8: Pinch the two ends together at the back of your pot. Use your finger to smooth the edges.

Step 9: Roll out your excess clay again so it is an 1/8 inch thick. Lay your circle (bottom of your pot) on top of your clay and cut it out. Use your fingers to seal the edges (if you wet your fingers, it will help with the smoothing process!).

Step 10: Lay your pot upside down and let it dry over night.

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Step 11: Put two coats of light gray paint on your pot, letting the paint dry in-between each coat.

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Step 12: Use your marker to draw on an adorable cat face! All you need to do is add your plant, some dirt, and water! You are all set.

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