DIY Gold Air Plant Pod

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Planning a wedding + starting a new calligraphy business at the same time wasn’t one of my brightest ideas, but it’s been incredibly fulfilling to do! So recently I was doing some crafting for my bridal shower and the theme is midcentury modern. I thought that it would be super cool to share my favourite plants, air plants, as party favours. I thought they needed a little nest, so making gold or copper color block air plant pods would be perfect! Right after this shoot I added a little kraft tag with my guests’ names so they also doubled as a place card. How perfect is that! :) I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous photos from Lani Elias, and I’ll definitely share them when they get back! 

What you’ll need: 

  • Sculpey clay 
  • Gold or Copper Leafing Pen 
  • Air plants 
  • Baking pan 
  • Oven 

This little project is so easy I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. 

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I love working with sculpey They’re so easy to use!

Step 1: Grab a small piece and start kneading and rolling them with your hands. 

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Step 2. Roll it into a ball. 

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Step 3: Press the center of the ball and then start shaping it into a small bowl. The air plants I got were about 1 inch in diameter in terms of their base, so I made these bowls around 1.5 inches in diameter. 

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Step 4: After forming a whole bunch of them, I popped them into a metal baking pan and into the oven. I just followed the instructions on the box, which is to put it at 275 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. These were a little thick, so I did 20. 

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Part of where I got this idea was when I saw this unique ceramic Japanese Sake pitcher that looked handmade. So I thought it wouldn’t be so hard to recreate a handmade look to small bowls, where imperfections make it perfect. I must say I did love these little bowls in white, too! The simplicity / minimalism is gorgeous. 

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Step 5: I picked up my copper leafing pen. These are seriously THE BEST at anything metallic in shade on any surface. I often use my leafing pens for making signs, too! I started to draw and “paint” some random spots on the white bowls. Then, I picked up my gold leafing pen and started drawing, too. 

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Seriously, have fun with it! There were some that I just did the tips, some I did two color blocks, some I did the bottoms, sky’s the limit! :) 

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Then, when you’re done, pop in the air plant. I heart air plants because they love light and also are so low maintenance! :) Soaking them in some water every two weeks? Are you serious? LOVE them. 

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Got a little too excited and kept shooting away! :) Because come on, aren’t they just the perfect accent to your table? 

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Love, K.

About Karla Lim

Karla Lim is a marketing gal by day and a photographer/graphic designer/blogger/webmaster/calligrapher/crafter by night. Follow her on Google+

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2 Responses to DIY Gold Air Plant Pod

  1. charlened June 11, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Karla, I LOVE this! These little pots are minimalist, organic, glamourous… Can’t wait to see and experience the rest of your wedding.

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  1. DIY Gold Air Plant Pods for Placecards |  Written Word Calligraphy + Design | Vancouver Calligrapher | Modern Romantic Wedding Calligraphy - May 20, 2014

    […] Last weekend I had this super fun opportunity to design and decorate my very own bridal shower. Came up with these color block DIY gold air plant pods made out of oven-bake clay and a gold paint pen. Super easy, and I added some twine and a calligraphed tag so that the guests can take theirs, and put it wherever they wanted to sit Find out how I made the little plant pods here on our craft blog! […]

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