Make Your Own Mini Planter

Make your own mini planters using polymer clay! Click though for the full tutorial!I've had several different phases where I got really obsessed with clay and lately I can feel it coming on again! I love polymer clay and also air dry clays that can be found at the craft store. Emma just picked up a bunch of metal clay and I'm really excited to see what she does with it! Anyway- we like clay. 

These tiny planters are easy to make and can be customized in countless patterns and designs! You know what that means? It means they would make awesome gifts! Here's how:Make Your Own Mini Planter abeautifulmess.comWe loved this house planter via Say Yes to Hoboken, and we followed their tip for making the vessel watertight.

1. Supplies Needed: Oven-bake clay, X-Acto knife, clay knives, piece of wax paper, cutting board, and a rolling pin.

2. Roll your clay out about 1/4 of an inch thick and cut a long rectangle that is 10 inches long and 2 1/2 inches tall. Cut out a circle for the bottom of the planter that is 3 1/2 inches wide.

3. Place your long rectangle piece on top of your circle to create your sides. Roll thin "snakes" of clay to put on the inside bottom of the planter (where the walls meet the planter bottom). Use the clay knives to smooth out the clay snake between the crack to create a water-tight seal. Roll out more clay and cut out the design that will go on the sides of your planter.

4. Use a wooden skewer to poke 4 evenly spaced holes near the top of your planter. Bake your clay according to the package directions and let the planter cool. Tie two pieces of twine through the holes of the planter (tying each strand across from each other) and make a knot near the top of the strands so that you have a loop to hang the planter from. Make your own mini planters using polymer clay! Click though for the full tutorial! Make your own mini planters using polymer clay! Click though for the full tutorial! Make your own mini planters using polymer clay! Click though for the full tutorial! We tried three different designs on the outside of the planters: large cut out hearts, skinny rectangles and cookie cutter letters. We added paint to a few of the designs and left one its natural clay color. These were so much fun to make. I love their mini size too. They make a great accent piece for small spaces. 🙂Make your own mini planters using polymer clay! Click though for the full tutorial!    Have fun making something cute and tiny! xoxo. Elsie 

  • These are adorable!! Is there a problem in doing them with air dry clay?


  • Definitely a cute little project! I never even think about using those craft clays – now I know better 😉


  • Oh my, so awesome! The one with the hearts is just too dang adorable!

  • This is really neat but it would be even better if you could do a flat back instead so it sits against the wall.

  • These are so cute! I think I’ll give this one a try once in the new place and my partner lifts the “no new plants” ban!

  • Just lovely, your pots are really pretty. Great idea.


  • What a Beautiful idea! Thank you so much for sharing all this great things with us! Emma + Elsie, you’re both awesome!

  • You guys come up with the coolest crafts – I love it!

    Hilary x

  • Yes so cute, I can imagine them at my front door with something yummy smelling to welcome guests or maybe filled with herbs in my kitchen.

  • What a wonderful idea! Love the heart one!

    Lulu xx

  • Oh these are so so cute! I love them. Especially the grey one!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • I LOVE these, and the plants look so cute in them! xx

  • Serena,
    Hi! To help with drainage- you can either add some pebbles to the bottom of the container before planting or find tiny succulents small enough to stay in their plastic containers and stick them in the homemade container that way. Both of these solutions have worked for me with other indoor houseplants! XO.

  • So cute! Can anyone recommend what kinds of plants to put in this planter since it doesn’t have drainage? I don’t have much of a green thumb! Thanks 🙂

  • Aww these are so cute! They would make lovely presents 🙂

    I’m running a giveaway on my blog, if you’re interested you can have a look here 🙂


  • These are so cute!! Love all three together:)

  • Amazing idea !
    New post:
    Love from Paris

  • that looks adorable and so doable!
    We are about to move and really want to get into planting, raising, growing plants and herbs!
    Thanks for the inspiration and good morning (it’s 7:30 in our part of the world),

    Love- Birdy and Bambi

  • Oh my gosh, I think I might just have to try this. Those are so cute and pretty! I cant wait to come up with different designs.

  • Those are so adorable! I am going to try this project sometime very soon. I feel like it’s just the perfect little touch to any room. Are there any problems you ran into while making these mini planters? I’m worried that if I made them they’d be too heavy.

  • These are so very cute!!! Loving plants in my house lately and this is a fun way to display them:)

  • I was needing something for some succulents. These are perfect and SO cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • Awww! Wow, you weren’t kidding about truly making your own from scratch! Luckily it looks quite easy! Definitely something I’m keeping in mind for next spring when I hopefully have my own house!

  • I love, love, love these! SO cute. They would look perfect in my kitchen!!

  • Whatttttt. These are so cute! I think I’m going to try this this weekend! Thank you for sharing!


  • These are so cute! They would be perfect for my new home. I love polymer clay too, it’s so versatile! I use it to make products for my two Etsy shops, one for jewelry and one for home/party decorations. Thanks for sharing!

  • Such a fab idea, these are adorable!

  • What a great idea! What do you do about drainage?

  • Such a cute planter! Love all your DIY posts!

  • wow, this is such a great craft idea. i love how you make your home sooo personal!

  • I love these, there are so many possibilities with a basic design
    Are they heavy? they look like they might be quite heavy with the soil and plant in

  • I love polymer clay! I make tiny succulents out of it and sell them as necklaces in my shop! Thanks for sharing!

  • how gosh darn cute can you BE?? Those would look great in my office…I think this might just be the project that gets me back into the clay studio! Thanks 🙂

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