This month we are delighted to welcome a new DIY contributor to the Minnetonka blog. Meet the exceptionally creative and crafty Chelsey Andrews of The Paper Mama.
Hello lovely people! February is the month of love and I’m celebrating with my little Heart-Shaped Planter DIY. It’s the perfect home for a little succulent plant. It’s easily made from polymer clay and is an inexpensive handmade gift (I spent under $10, since I already had glue and dirt). Ready to get started? Okay!
- 6 to 8 oz. of polymer clay (I used Sculpey)
- a rolling pin (or, use a glass if you don’t have a rolling pin)
- heart planter pattern
- e6000 adhesive
- potting mix for succulent plants
- baking parchment paper
1. Print and cut out your heart planter patterns. Roll out your polymer clay to about ¼ inch thick. Place your patterns on top of the rolled out clay and trace out the patterns with the knife. You’ll be cutting out 2 hearts and 3 squares.
2. Use your finger to smooth out the edges of each cut out shape.
3. Grab your triangle pattern and cut out a pattern on the “A” side of the heart pattern. Smooth out the edges of your cut out triangle holes.
4. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit. Put a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Carefully place your cut out polymer clay pieces onto the parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Note: Be sure to follow the exact directions of the polymer clay you use, since they may be different than the clay I used.
5. When your shapes are done baking and have cooled down, it’s time to assemble your planter. In a well ventilated space (preferably outside), wearing a mask and eye protection, use your E6000 to glue everything together. I drew out a little plan to help explain how to do this.
First: You have three squares. Glue square 1 and 2 to two opposite edges of square 3. Tip: use something heavy on either side of square 1 and 2 to hold them up. Let dry for least least a couple hours.
Second: Next, glue your hearts to the open sides of the glued together square 1, 2, & 3. Tip: Prop up the hearts with something heavy while the glue cures.
6. Let your glued planter dry for at least 24 hours.
7. Plant your succulent in your adorable planter.
You’re done! Gift this sweet little planter to your favorite Valentine buddy, OR keep it for yourself. I won’t judge. Promise (said as I cuddle my own little Heart Planter). Happy February!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. I was inspired to create these little heart planters after seeing these adorable little home planters made by Fellow Fellow for Say Yes.