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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DIY Wall Plant Pockets


We all want to bring a bit of nature indoors with us over the summer. With these easy to make and modern wall hanging plant pockets you can liven up your living area and impress guests!




You will need:
Air dry clay (Crayola works best)
Rolling pin
Canvas about 18 x 24 inches
Scalpel or craft knife
Ceramic pin tool (available at art and craft stores)
Sandpaper
Craft or spray paint
Tissue paper or newsprint and drawing paper
Small sponge
Clear acrylic spray



How to make:
  1. Design a pattern for the shape that you want your plant pocket to be. Then draw it out on paper and cut in out neatly with the scalpel.
  2. You will need to make 2 copies of the shape for the plant pocket. To do this first trace around the shape and then cut it out again. Now that you have 2 identical shapes cut off the top of one of them. This will be the opening for the plants so don’t make it too big!
  3. Now take the clay that you have and roll in into 2 balls (The amount of clay you use depends on how big you want your plant pocket to be). It is best to roll the clay on canvas so that the clay is easier to pick up once you have formed the shape.
  4. Then using the rolling pin flatten the clay until it is around ¼ inch in thickness.
  5. Now place each of the paper patterns you designed earlier over the flattened clay. Then cut around the shape with the scalpel while making sure that the pattern doesn’t move




  1. Next, using the excess clay from when you cut out the pattern, roll it into a sausage like shape which is long enough to go around the bottom edge of the front pattern. Make sure to taper and squash down the bits at the end so that it fits seamlessly to the back piece.
  2. Using the pin tool make small scores along the entire bottom edge of the front piece
  3. Wet the sponge a little and slightly wet the edge with the scores. Then sausage shaped coil of excess clay from earlier and attach it to this edge. The water will help stick the pieces together.
  4. Now if you cut a piece of paper out which fits the recess in the now combined front piece you can use this to stop the front piece sticking to the back when they are joined
  5. Next score bottom part of the back piece just as you did with the first and wet the edges with the sponge again. You should also crumple a small piece of paper into a ball and place it in the centre of the the back piece. This will keep the pieces from sticking and leaving too small a pocket for the plants
  6. Now you’re ready to stick your pieces together!! Place the front piece on top of the back piece and pinch the pieces together like you do with a pizza/pie crust.
  7. Using the sponge, run it along the edge to smooth it. If however there are some bits sticking out don’t worry! You can use the scalpel to cut off the excess bits sticking out and then smooth over that with the sponge
  8. To attach the piece to the wall you will need to cut out a small hole in the top (make sure that it’s centered or you’ll have a wonky plant pocket!)
  9. You will need to shape the pocket using paper to stick inside and fix the desired shape




  1. Next score bottom part of the back piece just as you did with the first and wet the edges with the sponge again. You should also crumple a small piece of paper into a ball and place it in the centre of the the back piece. This will keep the pieces from sticking and leaving too small a pocket for the plants
  2. Now you’re ready to stick your pieces together!! Place the front piece on top of the back piece and pinch the pieces together like you do with a pizza/pie crust.
  3. Using the sponge, run it along the edge to smooth it. If however there are some bits sticking out don’t worry! You can use the scalpel to cut off the excess bits sticking out and then smooth over that with the sponge
  4. To attach the piece to the wall you will need to cut out a small hole in the top (make sure that it’s centered or you’ll have a wonky plant pocket!)
  5. You will need to shape the pocket using paper to stick inside and fix the desired shape
  6. Leave the clay for around an hour in a warm, dry place and then you can put on your last finishing touches before it permanently dries. After this make sure you leave the clay for the drying time specified by the instructions to make sure that it will last
  7. Now it has dried go over it with sandpaper so that it will be easier to paint  
  8. Now it’s time to decorate! These designs used white spray paint all over and craft paint to add a nice contrast on the back but it’s really entirely up to you!
  9. Once the paint has dried you should use a clear acrylic spray. This will seal and waterproof your plant pocket as you’ll most likely need to water them
  10. Now its time to choose what plant to out in. You can go for colourful, fun, summer plants or wall climbers to really embrace nature in your home!
  11. Good luck! Post your own creations below and have fun!












1 comment:

  1. Any particular reason you didn't credit the real author for this? You know, the one that slaved over the method and pictures, and posted it months before you did on her blog at http://www.designlovefest.com/2015/04/make-it-wall-planters/

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