Mother's Day is right around the corner, which means that it's time to start thinking about a thoughtful gift for mom. So today we're sharing a fun DIY succulent planter using that terrazzo pattern that is oh-so-popular lately. Keep reading to check out the full tutorial!
- Polymer clay in white, transparent and a variety of bright colors
- Rolling pin
- Sharp knife
- Aluminum foil
Begin by preheating the oven to the temperature indicated on your clay packaging. Next, choose a handful of colors that you'd like to use as the geometric pieces that will be set inside of the white slab. Roll them into balls, and then flatten them with a rolling pin as flat as you can possibly make them.... 1/16 of an inch is ideal. The width of the circles is not important - all that matters is that the thickness is uniform between all of them.
Place them in the oven and bake for half the time directed on the packaging.
In the meantime, combine a large piece of white clay with a large piece of transparent clay and roll it all together in a ball as shown above. It will take a little while to warm up... just keep working it with your hands until it is malleable. You don't need to mix the two colors together completely, they should end up looking marbled. Roll it out so that it is about 1/4 inch thick and cut it into a 3x7 inch rectangle.
Once the thin colored slabs have cooled, begin breaking them into tiny pieces. You may need to use scissors to cut them.
Place the rectangle on a piece of aluminum foil and spread out the tiny clay pieces on the rectangle.
Roll it out just until the pieces are secured within the white clay. Then peel it off of the foil and flip it over. Roll again from the back side until it the pieces are fully embedded within the white clay.
Form it into a cylinder, pinching the edges where the two ends meet. Cut a round piece of white clay that has a diameter that is just a 1/4 inch wider than the diameter of the bottom of the planter. Cut a small drainage hole in the center.
Slip the disc down inside of your pot and gently pinch the places where the clay meets. Bake it for half of the recommended time listed on the packaging. Remove it from the oven and let it cool before planting your succulent inside.
The final piece has a fun, colorful 80's vibe thanks to the bright colors I chose, but you could also opt for more muted shades or even grays and blacks for a monochromatic look. Metallic polymer clay could be a fun thing to experiment with as well.
Mom is sure to love her new terrazzo succulent planter... it's the perfect gift for this time of year when all the gardens are finally blooming and the weather is getting warmer. Happy crafting!