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DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter

How to make a DIY air drying clay head planter and some tips on how to work best with air drying clay.

I have worked with air drying clay a few times and love it, because it is such a fun and easy material to use. Here you can find air drying clay magnets that I made a while back.

Now, I wanted to give a planter a try and loved the ideas I found on Pinterest of making it a cute head planter. So I wanted my own!

DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter

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What I used:

air drying clay

large zip lock bag to work on ( you can use an old place mat instead or what ever you like to cover your work space )

tin foil ball

white chalk spray paint

kebab stick

black acrylic paint


DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter northernfeeling.com


As you can see on the above pictures, it’s pretty easy making a pot, using a tin foil ball as a mold. For the face, I just started shaping some sort of nose and used my fingernails marking the eyes. I loved the idea of having a marbled clay pot, but when I added water to make the clay smooth and repair cracks, there was no marbled look left unfortunately.

After I added the three legs, I let it dry upside down for half a day and then removed the tin foil to let it dry for another 24hrs completely.

If you bought white clay you can skip the spray painting step. Since my clay didn’t turn out marbled, I decided to spray paint it white using chalked spray paint. It dries super fast which is perfect.

As for the eyes, I used a kebab stick and a tiny bit of black acrylic paint and basically just traced the previously molded eyes and lashes.

Since the planter is made of air drying clay, which will break if it gets wet, I lined the inside with the zip lock bag I used before as a mat to work on. I just cut a circle and placed it inside the pot.

Now I added my favourite succulent which gives the head planter a whole new look!



Tips for working with air drying clay:

  • Prepare your surface by covering it up with a washable placemat or plastic cover. If you do get the table dirty, it washes off quite easily with some warm water and a sponge.
  • Have a bowl or cup of water ready to dip your fingers into for repairing cracks or just making the clay a bit smoother. It dries out quickly. But that might depend on the brand you’re using.
  • If you buy marbled clay, use as little water as possible to avoid loosing the marbled look.
  • For bigger pots or bowls use a mold such as a tin foil ball or an actual plastic ball will do too.
  • Let the clay dry for half a day before removing the mold. Do not let it completely dry in the mold as it will crack and break when removing later
  • Let dry at least 24hrs in total.
  • If cracks appear, repair them with water. Just wipe water on the cracks, even if the clay is completely dry already. It will soften up.
  • Sand your object after to give it a smoother look.
  • Use plastic lining if you want to use it as a planter with real plants in it.
DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter northernfeeling.com
DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter northernfeeling.com
DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter northernfeeling.com
DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter northernfeeling.com
DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter northernfeeling.com
DIY Air Drying Clay Head Planter northernfeeling.com

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Well, this is how my little sleepy head turned out! Hope you like it and try your own!

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  • Reply
    15/02/2019 at 11:25 pm

    Katrin this is such an original and fun planter idea. That little head is so whimsical.

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    Amanda | Domestically Creative
    18/02/2019 at 6:37 pm

    Ok this is just too cute! Love how easy you make it look too! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

    • Reply
      25/02/2019 at 6:48 am

      Thanks so much Amanda!!

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    Sam - Raggedy Bits
    19/02/2019 at 2:16 am

    How cute is this little guy!! So fun to add to your decor! Must try to make one! They would make awesome gifts!

  • Reply
    22/02/2019 at 3:46 am

    This is adorable! My daughter would love it. Thanks for sharing your tutorial and tips at Sweet Inspiration!

    • Reply
      25/02/2019 at 6:49 am

      Thanks so much Amy!

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    Michelle Leslie
    24/02/2019 at 8:24 am

    I don’t believe I’ve ever felt the need to give a planter a cuddle, until today 😀 OMW he/she is the cutest thing ever Katrin. It’s like a peaceful little zen pot for succulents. I adore how it turned out.

    • Reply
      25/02/2019 at 6:49 am

      hahaha!! Thanks friend!

  • Reply
    08/03/2019 at 5:19 pm

    I am starting to play with clay crafts so this post is really helpful. Pinning to my craft board. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Reply
      12/03/2019 at 6:54 am

      Thanks, it’s fun to make stuff with clay!!

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