• Oven bake clay
  • A small glass or ceramic bowl to use as a mold – mine measured 4.5″ across
  • A piece of lace, doily or other texture
  • 1/4″ diameter cotton rope
  • Medium sandpaper sponge
  • A straw or other small circular item to make the hang holes
  • Small jewels for decoration



- Take the clay and knead it thoroughly in your hands, until it is soft. I used Sculpey white clay. ¾ of a brick will make one planter.

- Lay it on a flat surface and begin rolling it out using a rolling pin. You’ll want to get it to about 1/4″ thick.




- Place the lace on top of the clay and gently roll it into the clay.

- Remove the texture and make sure you’re happy with the overall placement.



- Being careful not to ‘smudge’ your texture, gently place the clay around the bowl mold you’ve chosen.

- Pinch the sides to make a more hand-built looking bowl.




- Using a straw (or other small circular item), make 3 holes about 1/2″ from the top to hang your planter from. I just envisioned a triangle and ‘eyeballed’ the placement best I could.




- Gently press the jewels into the clay mold




- Place the bowl (still upside down) onto a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 

- Once finished baking, remove from the oven and let cool just enough to handle.

- Gently ‘pop’ the clay off of the bowl mold and let cool completely.




- Lightly sand jagged edges with a sandpaper sponge




- Cut two lengths of rope, one about 6″ longer than the other.

- Insert the ends of the longer piece into two holes and tie a knot at the end. Take the shorter piece and insert into the last hole and tie a knot.

- Hold all three pieces of rope (one loop and one raw end) together at the top until it hangs evenly and tie a knot, creating a loop at the top.

- You can then optionally wrap the rest of the loose end around the knot, using a glue to secure it.

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