DIY Mini Pinch Pot Planters

Is it just me or is it physically impossible to resist those tiny $2 succulents that are everywhere this time of year? Between bringing tons of those home every time I leave the house and the cuttings I take from existing plants (yikes, do I have a problem?), I have lots of succulent babies this time of year that need cute homes. I made these super easy pinch pots from oven bake clay in my current favorite color scheme: neapolitan!

These pots aren’t supposed to look like perfectly shaped terra-cotta ones from the store. They’re intentionally a little quirky and organic looking, which I think is a better fit for succulents and their wacky shapes anyway!

oven bake clay in a variety of colors
Sculpey glaze
-a paint brush
-succulent cuttings or other small plants

Pull off 3 pre-marked segments of clay in 2 or 3 colors. Knead each piece of clay in your hands until it’s warm and pliable, then roll into oblong rope pieces.

Braid the three pieces together, and then roll the braid into a ball between your palms to blend the clay colors.

Pinch the ball into a pot by making a small indent with your thumb (this will become the center of the pot) and turning the clay as you pinch with your thumb and index finger to shape the walls of the pot.

Use the end of your paintbrush to make a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot, and then bake at 275º F for 20 minutes. Allow pots to cool. Then paint the insides with the glaze–this will protect them from water and make them extra durable. Once they’re dry, plant away!

These pinch pots are such a welcome change from my boring old clay pots! They turned out a nice, heavy weight for their small size and seem like they’ll be durable for many seasons of plant hoarding to come. xo, Kayleigh

Credits // Author and Photography: Kayleigh Kosmas. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess presets for Lightroom.
  • I did this today! Glad i found this DIY blog post via a online forum at

  • This is beautiful! I love your designs, I can’t believe this even exists.

  • Very cute idea! These would make fabulous baby/wedding shower favors. I like that you can combine the colors.

  • These are great! I also love those tiny succies and struggle to find cute pots for them. I’ll definitely be making a few of these!

  • These are soooo cute! I love how customisable and quirky they are, and I’ll definitely be giving these a go myself!

  • With the drainage hole, how can you sit them directly onto the window ledge? Surely the water leaks out?!

    These would make such cute wedding favours!


  • I’m so with you on that, baby succulents are the cutest and i basically get a new one everytime i go down my building and get some bread (the flower shop is just next door it’s a nightmare for my bank account! 😉 Anyway i love love love that idea, you make it seems so easy! xo

  • What a super cute quick project!

  • Very cute! I’m obsessed with succulents right now!

  • These are exactly what I’ve been looking for, but unable to find. I’d rather make them myself, anyway. THANK YOU!!!

  • These are so cute! I love these!


  • Yes!! I have an entire stack of clay from an old project I got frustrated with…now I know what to do with it!!

  • Going to make these with my four year old for gifts for the grandmas for Mother’s Day! So cute!!

  • This is so cute! I bet UO would sell something like this for $50+ haha

  • I love these.
    And the succulents top.
    Greetings from Belgium.

  • This is 100% not going to help my succulent hoarding problem! At least now I can give them a more beautiful home to live in. Thanks for the sweet idea!

  • These are adorable! I love playing with clay. So many cute things to create!

  • Oh, these are adorable, the kind of planters I pay tons for at stores. They’re so easy to make myself, I never knew!

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