I know it was just a few weeks ago that I shared a DIY for marbled pinch pots. I'm prepping for fall shows and I need more! So this time, it's similar but different materials and a different look. Here we go!
1. I'm using an air dry clay that I bought at Michaels. I put out newsprint on my workspace because this gets pretty messy and that makes for easy clean up.
2. I tore off a chunk of clay about the size of my fist. I've made teeny tiny ones and they are super cute. And I'm wanting to make a really large one next. You do whatever size you want.
3. I molded the clay into a ball shape and then pressed a hole into the center with my thumb.
4. I kept pressing down with my thumb and wallowed out the inside.
5. Then I worked my hands around the outside, gradually thinning the walls, and shaping the pot. I didn't worry too much about how it looked at this point. I tried to make the walls fairly even, not too thick or thin. (If you want a drainage hole in the bottom, this would be the time to do that! Next time I think I'll just use an ice pick to poke a small hole in the bottom)
6. I set it up in a window to dry.
7. A few days later, mine were all dry. One way to tell is that they don't feel cold anymore.
8. I used a kitchen knife to scrape (chisel?) the dried clay away. I started at the bottom. I like to give the pot a nice flat place to sit and the bottom is a good place to practice. If it's thoroughly dry, then the clay scrapes off into a powder. (And makes a big mess!)
9. I moved around scraping sections until I had a faceted or geometric look. I also used the knife around the edge and on the inside around the edge. I probably spent a good 20 minutes on each one, going back over places, and smoothing.
10. Once I was happy with the look, it was time to paint. This air dry clay is water soluble meaning that you can rework it by adding water. Paint will help to seal the pot so that I can water the plant that's going to live inside without messing up my pot.
11. This time I used a white chalk paint but I've also used just plain ol' house paint. I flipped mine over and started at the bottom again.
12. Once that was dry, I flipped them back upright and painted the inside. I put 2 coats of paint on, just to be sure it's sealed well.
13. When the paint was all dry, I put in soil and my plant. I have LOTS of these alligator plants so I started with those but I'll plant succulents too.
I love how it looks next to my latest painting! Next time I'm going to make a very large one and some more teeny tiny ones. I also might try painting some a few with color blocks.