I love having plants around the house, but I’m surrounded by trees so I don’t get much sun. I had a fake plant that needed a little love, so I decided to give it a fun, natural looking planter. I had so much fun making that one, I decided to do another.
This messy, squishy craft is the perfect way to entertain kids on a rainy day. The texture of Sculptamold makes it super fun to work with. In fact, this craft is so fun, I wouldn’t blame you if you joined in and made your own funky, textured planter.
What You Need:
- Outdoor Mod Podge or water resistant sealer (this is necessary if you’re using real plants)
- Wax Paper
How to Make It:
Thoroughly clean your planter or bowl and place it upside down on your surface.
Mix your Sculptamold according to the modeling directions. (Mine was 2 parts Sculptamold to 1 part water and I used about 2 cups of Sculptamold per planter.)
Now for the fun part! Grab a handful of Sculptamold and place it on the planter. Squish it to smooth. Keep adding your Sculptamold to fill in holes and give it the look you want. I love the rough and natural texture of the clay, so I just sort of embraced it. You can try to smooth it out if you like.
This is how my planter looked when I had used up all of my Sculptamold. I also flipped the planter over at one point to make sure that the top was super rough and uneven, with no flat edges.
Optional: To make sure the bottom of the planter is flat, I put a piece of tinfoil (wax paper would work great to) over it and placed a book on top to flatten. I took it off after a couple of seconds.
Let your planter dry. It’s been raining a lot here in Portland, so mine took almost 3 days to fully dry.
Once it’s dry, take something thin and flat like a butter knife and gently separate the clay from your form. Once you’re all the way around, you should be able to twist and remove. Be gentle!
Let the kids paint however they want, or give it a colorblock look if you’re the one having fun!
Important Note: If you’d like to put a real plant inside your planter, Sculptamold is not water resistant. I would recommend coating the whole thing in a water resistant sealer and keeping the plant in a separate container that you can remove to water. Let the water fully drain from the container before placing back in your planter. I used a fake plant for one, and I just molded the planter around the outside of the base of the plant. The other has a real plant in it and I used the technique above.
Display your plants and have fun!