No, these aren’t the latest vegan addition to the microwavable processed meat and cheese pastry family, which you can find in your grocer’s freezer. But they are super cute and colorful wall planters! These little guys are sure to liven up any living space. Plus there are endless possibilities for designs and colors, so you can match it to fit your own space!
The great thing about these is that they are made from air dry clay, which is so easy to use, inexpensive, and can be found at any Michael’s or AC Moore (don’t forget to use your coupon). They also require a lot of materials that you most likely already have. The only things you’ll probably need to buy are the clay and the paint (unless you’re like me and have a big box full of craft paint organized by color…). I originally found this project’s tutorial here, but I found it a little difficult to follow so I’m laying it out for you guys, plain, simple, and with less expensive materials.
What you put in them depends on the size of the pocket. If you made your pocket big, you could put succulents in them, but smaller pockets warrant a plant that doesn’t need a lot of dirt nor room to grow. I put air plants in mine, but you could put anything in them, really; doesn’t even have to be a plant. I got my air plants from a local gardening shop in Philadelphia called City Planter. Play around with different ways to display the Plant Pockets too. Here, my friend, Kate used twine to hang hers up, and it turned out gorgeous!
Let’s make some pockets!
Air Dry Clay (Crayola works well)
Construction Paper (or any somewhat sturdy paper you may already have)
Step 1: Draw and cut your pattern
Draw the desired shape of your pocket on both pieces of construction paper. Using a bowl or the lid of the Crayola Air Dry Clay container both work really well. Your pocket doesn’t have to be a circle though. It could be a tear drop, an oval, or any other rounded shape. Make sure both shapes are exactly same by tracing the first one you make. Then draw a curved line near the top of one of the shapes (again, using the lid of the clay container works well). This piece will be the front of your pocket. Cut out both patterns.
Step 2: Roll out the clay
Make two clay balls, each about the size of your fist. Roll each of them out in between two pieces of wax paper, until they are about a 1/4 inch thick.
Step 3: Cut your patterns out of the clay
Lay each pattern piece on your rolled out clay. Then, cut each piece out of the clay, using an Exacto knife, making sure to follow the pattern carefully.
Step 4: Coil and score
Roll more clay into a coil/snake that’s long enough to go around the bottom and sides of your front pocket piece. Taper each end of the coil. Then, using a toothpick, make score marks along the edges of each piece.
Step 5: Form the pocket
Lay the coil on the front pocket piece, making sure the edges line up. Then, crumple up a small piece of tissue paper and place it in the center of the bottom piece, where your pocket will be. This will help give form and structure to the pocket while it’s drying. Next, using a wet sponge, wet the edges of your pieces where you made the score marks. This will help the pieces stick together nicely.
Join the two pieces together by flipping the front pocket piece over and lining up the edges of both pieces where the score marks are. Pinch the edges together so that you start to create a seal.
Step 6: Finish shaping your pocket
Once both pieces are in place and secure, start to round out the edges. Do this by using a little water to smooth out the edges and any bumps. It’s ok if it’s not perfectly smooth right now. If necessary, put more balled up tissue paper inside the pocket to help it keep it’s shape. Make a medium-sized hole at the top of the bottom piece, so you’ll be able to hang it. I used a sharpie cap and just punched a hole through the clay. Set the plant pocket in a cool, dry place, where it will be undisturbed, and let air dry for 2-3 days.
Step 7: Sand and paint the heck out of your plant pockets
Use medium grit sandpaper to get rid of any ridges and bumps you may not want. Then, go over it again with a finer grit to smooth it out. Now it’s the fun part: painting! I spray painted mine white first, then on the inside I used colored craft paint. You can paint them however you’d like. If you’re going to put plants in them, spray them with an acrylic sealer and let dry thoroughly before planting.
I ended up getting four pockets out of my one tub of clay – 1 large circle, 2 small circles, and 1 large tear drop.