It is easier than you think to make a handmade animal planter. You can use our EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay to make one in any shape that you desire. We chose a hedgehog cause well…they are adorable! But think about turtles, frogs, elephants, and so much more. You can make an entire planter farm!
Supplies needed to make a handmade animal planter:
- Small clay pot
- EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay
- Clay tools (optional)
The clay tools that I found helpful are shown below. You can definitely do this project with things you have around your home. Toothpicks, skewers, forks, and more will work with clay as well.
Start by reading all of the directions that come with the modeling clay. It is important to follow these exactly. You will be mixing equal portions of part A and B to make your clay. NOTE: I found a piece of waxed paper helped to protect my work surface.
Mix them REALLY well also be sure to use the gloves that come in the package to protect your skin. You will want to mix the clay until it is one uniform color. NOTE: It will be really sticky but that is okay!
While your product is still sticky, I found it easier to work around the clay pot. I made a very rough hedgehog shape. NOTE: The product will not hold shape well at this stage so don’t stress over the shape just rough out your project.
Now the hard part. Allow your project to sit for about 90 minutes. This will make your clay more workable and able to hold shape. During this time, you can use talc to prevent your project from sticking to the work surface. Once it has set for around 90 minutes from the time you mixed it, you can then start on the detail work. I used a pinch off of the back to form two ears. Stick them to the clay and press well to hold in place. Watch the ears as they may sag over the next 30 minutes or so.
I then used four additional pinches to create four small feet as shown below.
I then used my clay tools to create eyes on my project. You can also smooth out any imperfections in your surface at this point.
I also used a sharp tool to make the hedgehog “points” all the way around my project. These are made by just pressing into the clay and making an indention.
I did not measure these at all. Just free hand it!
Then allow your project to dry according to the package directions. I did not touch mine for 24 hours. You can then add the plant in of your choice. I think a cactus is perfect for this type of planter.
Make a handmade animal planter for your home today. You will love the results and it will go perfectly in any room in your home.
What type of animal will you make? With our clay, you can make a planter that will last for years in just a few minutes. Pick an afternoon and give this project a try. A handmade animal planter would make a great gift idea as well. Either way, you will want to be sure to add this to your must make list!
Angie has been blogging for over seven years at The Country Chic Cottage where she does a variety of crafts and home decor projects. You can even find a weekly recipe! She lives on a farm in rural Tennessee with her husband and three children. Painting is a favorite of Angie’s because it is a quick and easy way to make a big impact for very little money.