I love how succulents look and how supposedly easy they are to care for, but whenever I get succulents to grow, they just die on me. I have a black thumb! So instead of real ones, I have a few faux ones around the house – and truthfully, they look very real to me. I knew I had to make them into jewelry at one point – cause, why not, right? So here’s a fun and easy DIY clay pendant for a mini succulent planter necklace that you can create for yourself or for your succulent-obsessed friend.
- Original Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
- Faux Succulents
- Craft Knife
- Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder
- Gold Eye Pins
- E6000 Glue
- Pliers Set
- Jewelry Chain or Cord
Step 2. Using a sharp box cutter or craft knife, slice pieces of the clay away so you are left with a geometric planter. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Once done, chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden it.
Step 3. After chilling in the freezer, shorten some eye pins using a wire cutter (about 0.5″). Use a pair of pliers to insert it onto the chilled ‘planters’ so you can minimize the warping of the planter shape.
Step 4. Before baking, make an indentation on the planters using the actual faux succulents you will be using – I used the small buds from a faux succulent bundle. Make sure you use ones that are proportionate to your “planter” to make them look realistic. Moreover, make sure to use faux succulents.
Step 5. You can color them before baking as well. I used pigment powder to color the outside of the ‘planter’, but you can also mix it in with the clay while you are conditioning it. Once done coloring, bake the clay according to the package’s instructions – mine was 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
Step 6. Once you have baked them and they have cooled, you have the option of cleaning them up. Clean them up by gently slicing a thin layer on the flat surfaces of your geometric planter and use sandpaper to smooth the surfaces and give them a finished look.
Admire their miniature quality!
Sport these DIY clay pendant succulent planter necklaces and have fun! They’re the perfect gift for someone who loves miniature things or someone who’s very much into succulents but cannot care for them – like me!
Bring a larger scale succulent craft into your home with this beautiful DIY spring succulent wreath. What kind of succulents do you love?
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.