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How to Sculpt Painted Clay Pots with Dollar Store Supplies

It’s the depths of winter and all I can think about is how to add little pops of green to the house. I also have found that winter is the best time to tackle small, fun, crafty projects because they don’t require outdoor space, optimal paint curing temperatures or open windows 😉

In anticipation of phase II of our studio makeover (you can see phase I here!), I’ve been trying to assess and use the craft supplies I have on hand. Rummaging, I found a brick of air-dry clay from the Dollar Store and I knew just what to do!

Here’s How to Sculpt Painted Clay Pots with Dollar Store Supplies


Here’s what you need

  • Air-dry modelling clay
  • small bowls or jars
  • items with hard ends (paint brushes, utility knife, pencil etc)
  • small dish of water
  • wax paper (also available at the Dollar Store if you need it)Supplies to make clay pots

I was able to use one brick of clay to make my two small pots. First step is to cut your brick in half and roll it out on a piece of wax paper so that it’s about 1/4 inch in thickness. The wax paper is key – it will stop the clay from sticking to everything! Don’t skip it!how to roll out air dry clay to make plant pots

Now, use your bowl as a mould. Flip it over. Then pick up your clay including the wax paper and place it over top with the wax paper side agains the bowl. (This will stop it from sticking to your bowl! See?) The reason you have to do it this way is because it’s air-dry clay. As I’ve understood, using baking clay is easier and might not require the extra wax paper layer – just test it out. The best thing about clay is that if you make a mistake, you can just ball it up and start again 🙂Shape the clay around a small bowl

To smooth it out, you’ll want to dab your fingertips into your bowl of water and gently rub the clay. This might get a bit messy, so make sure you have a rag or towel on hand just to keep your hands as clean as possible.

Oh, and in case I haven’t mentioned this yet, this $1.25 craft is not for the perfectionist. I redid these pots a few times before I embraced their bumpy imperfections 🙂 Then, using your hard edge tools, draw a design. I made some indents with paint brush ends and lines with my utility knife. The nice thing about the wax paper is that it’s porous, so you don’t have to remove it. It will just blend in with the dried clay.Allow the wax paper to dry in the clay

This next step is the hardest 😉 leave you pots to dry at least overnight, if not longer. Air dry clay starts out grey-brown and dries white – grey.DIY pots from air dry clay

A little bit of paint and some ivy and they are all set!Make your own clay plantersThe clay dries nice and hard, so you can actually sand out the really big bumps before you paint if you want. I sanded the top edge to flatten it out just a teeny bit. DIY Painted Clay PotsThe colours I used are Para Paints Oolong Tea (the peach) and Cuff Link (the blue) – they are nice and fresh, aren’t they?Clay Pots with Dollar Store Supplies

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Jess | Make and Do Crew

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

These are great! What dollar store do you get that clay at? I'm often trolling dollar stores for craft supplies and I've never seen it. Found you via Craft Gawker :)

DIY Passion

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Hi Jess - Not sure where you are (I'm assuming the US?), I'm in Canada and I get my clay at Dollaram, but I've seen it in the kids section at Michael's too!


Thursday 21st of January 2016

These are so fun! I really need to get on the clay crafting train :)


Thursday 21st of January 2016

SO pretty! LOVE how these turned out!

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