I’m not gonna lie to you guys. This DIY almost didn’t happen. I had seen so many tutorials on marbling that I wanted to try it for myself. I figured, how hard could it be? Apparently, it takes a little practice. The images you see are from my SECOND attempt. The first time I marbled these planters they were splotchy and clumpy. It was frustrating to say the least, but I hope my failure will be your success. Keep reading to see how I made these marbled planters with tips on what not to do!
Remember in my last post when I said I had bought an embarrassing amount of rope? Well, it’s because of the macrame kick I’ve been on the past few months. After seeing all the amazing macrame artists on social media , I was so inspired to learn the craft. I thought I’d shared one of the first projects I ever learned to make that is both functional and beautiful.
*If you are still having trouble with the knots shown, I’ll include links to videos at the end of the tutorial.*
I’m not sure if I’ve even mentioned this on here before, but I studied Landscape Architecture in college. I’ve always had a love of all things plants and design. Anytime I can find a way to combine the two, I’m happy.
I’ve had the idea for this DIY for a couple weeks now, but had the hardest time finding the perfect piece of wood for the bottom. I visited craft stores, home improvement stores, and even shopping malls in the hopes of finding the perfect piece. I needed something tall enough to make a statement as a base for the glass container, and thick enough to hold the weight of the plant. Finally, I decided to buy these wood bangles on Amazon, and stain them to the shade I wanted. They ended up working perfectly with the containers I bought at Michaels. It was also my first time using this gel stain but the result is an elegant shade of walnut.
My biggest obsessions currently include air plants, as evidenced by this Instagram post, and all things marble. I thought long and hard about how to combine the two and came up with these marbled clay planters.
Two different colored oven-bake Clays
Clay carving tool
1. Start by cutting each color of clay into three separate pieces.
2. Work the clay in your hands until it is soft and pliable. Combine two pieces together.
3. Continue combining the clay until you have added all your pieces. Once you have added all the clay, begin to pull apart and layer. Mix the clay together without fully combining the clay.
4. Roll the clay into a ball and decide what kind of shape you want for your planter. I wanted a short, oval look for my first planter. Flatten out the clay to about 1/4″ in height.
5. Using the clay tool, trace a circle in the clay. Carve out the circle but be careful to not go all the way through the clay.
6. Using a sharp knife, start to trim away at the piece of clay. Hold the knife at an angle to create sharp angles along the top edge.
Repeat the previous step along the bottom edge of the planter.
Continuing making different styles and shapes! Bake your clay following the instructions on the packaging.
If you saw my last post, you know I’ve been in Chicago the last few days helping my sister move-in to her new apartment. The week has been full of building furniture, running errands, and of course plenty of DIY decor projects. First up is this yarn wrapped succulent planter. I found the succulents at Home Depot and decided they needed a bright planter. I chose to wrap it in yarn for added texture.
– All-purpose Glue
1. To start, add a line of glue along the top edge of the planter. Attach the yarn to the line of glue. Continue to add glue and wrap the string until you reach the beginning edge.
2. A fast method to cover the planter is to cover a small portion of the planter with glue all the way around. This way you can continuously wrap the yarn along the planter. Continue in this fashion until you have covered the entire planter. Cut off the leftover yarn.
Now you have an updated yarn wrapped planter! Match it to your furniture or color scheme.