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DIY succulent planters as Christmas gifts!

I love the idea of making mini planters as gifts for Christmas.  Polymer clay is a great clay for making planters.  It’s pliable clay that you bake in the oven to harden – you don’t need a kiln for this project!  Keep in mind that polymer clay isn’t food safe – so don’t use your food utensils to make this one.


Parchment Paper
Rolling Pin
Craft Knife
Succulent ($4 at Home Depot can be separated into 2)

It took about 1/4 of the bar of clay to make one mini planter.  You could choose to make one thinner or smaller than the one I made, though.

1.  Roll 1/4 of the bar into a ball, then flatten it with a rolling pin onto parchment paper.  I put another piece of parchment paper on top of the clay to keep it from my rolling pin.  Flatten the clay into about 1/4″.

2.  Once the clay is flat, lift it from the parchment paper to keep it from sticking after you’ve already cut it.

3.  Use your craft knife to cut the form of the design.  I did a scalloped top, but you can make anything you want.  A box, a plain cylinder, a mini house and more!

succulent 5

4.  Bring the two ends of the planter together, make a thin “snake” out of clay, put it over the seam and blend it in with your finger or another utensil.


5.  Cut a circle from the remaining flattened clay the size of the bottom of the planter.

6.  Make another snake to cover that seam.  I put a snake on the outside and inside seams to make sure it’s water-tight, but one or the other should do.

7.  Bake it according to the package directions, let it cool.

8.  Put in your succulent!


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    • Crystal

      Love it.
      For the woman on your list that loves flowers and has everything, I usually plant them a pot or two of pansies. Who doesn’t love blooming flowers in the dead of winter. You can make this gift as cheap or expensive as you want. If you want to give a really nice gift, then buy a pretty glazed pot but if you need something cheaper, then look for pots at yard sales or flee markets. Sometimes, you even see where people have set them out on the curb for the trash man to collect. I usually buy 6 boston fern plants for my front porch every spring. They are beautiful until the first hard frost and then they die.
      At this point, I pull the ferns out and clean the pots. Then with a hole saw, I cut holes in the pots about half way up the sides. This allows me to plant flowers in the sides and top. They make beautiful winter hanging pots.

    • pdnr

      You could also cut some holes in the bottom for drainage before you cook it.

    • nancycrom

      OMG I think I’ve been on the computer way too long, I got excited cause I thought the article was titled “Mini succulent platters” for Thanksgiving! LOL