The Purrfect DIY Clay Project to Create at Home!
Looking for creative ways to pass the time? If you fancy having a go at crafting with clay, then we’ve the purrfect home decor project for you! This DIY clay project tutorial takes you, step by step, through creating your very own fantastic feline flowerpot! So why not take a walk on the wild side, and pay homage to your favourite pet or animal with this adorable little planter?
You Will Need:
- 4 x terracotta pots measuring approx. 8cm in diameter
- 1kg white air dry clay
- Acrylic paints
- Soft paintbrushes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Mod Podge Sealer
- Two small plants (I used Floraviva, but you can use any plant that’s suited to a small pot; succulents work well too!)
Cat Planter DIY Clay Project Tutorial:
Use a hot glue gun to glue two of the pots together at the rim, and start adding grape-size chunks of clay to the outside of the pots to gradually build the body of the cat. If you find the clay is starting to get a bit dry, add a bit of water to your fingers. This part will take a while; take your time and make sure the clay is distributed evenly, and there are no air bubbles trapped.
Once you are happy with the body, it’s time to shape the feet, the head and the ears. When attaching these extra bits, it helps to score the clay where it will meet, and smooth down all the edges with a small spoon. Use a kitchen knife to score the claws on the feet. Once everything is looking nice and even, leave in a warm dry spot for 24 hours to set.
Once it’s set and dry, remove any lumps or undesirable bumps with some course sandpaper. You can also gently scrape the clay with a table knife or a spoon.
Paint your cat a light grey colour, and then use black, green and pink acrylic paint to draw on the face.
Finish with some tiger stripes – I used grey, white, silver and black, and a coat of Mod Podge to seal.
All that’s left to do, is to introduce him to the rest of your fur family!
Penelope’s Top Tips:
- I found a piece of baking paper was the perfect surface to work on as the clay didn’t stick.
- Be patient when you are waiting for your cat to set. Don’t be tempted to pick it up and start painting before it’s fully set – as it’s very easy to break off an ear or foot!
- If a piece has cracked off once it’s set, simply wet your fingers, and apply a bit more clay to mend and smooth down edges. Leave another 30 minutes to dry before attempting to paint over.
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