Do you ever get an idea in your head of something you just have to create, but you don't really know where to start? Sometimes those ideas turn into the most fun projects. That's how this pineapple planter came into creation. I was just sitting around looking at some succulents and noticed how much some of them looked like the tops of pineapples. I thought it would be fun to make a pineapple pot, but I couldn't figure out the best way to make it. At first I was thinking about just painting a regular terracotta pot yellow with pineapple stripes, but I really wanted to make something more. Then I thought of air dry clay. I had never used it before, but I had seen others use it in some really cute projects and I thought I would give it a chance.
I have to confess: I'm a little bit obsessed with my pineapple. Every time I look at it it makes me smile.
What you need:
1. A terracotta pot
2. Air Dry Clay (WHITE)
3. Water and a paper towel
4. Yellow paint and paintbrush
5. White Paint Marker (you could also use black)
6. Potting soil
7. Succulents (I used aloe which was perfect)
8. optional - fine sand paper
1. Gather your supplies. Dust off your pot. Get out the air dry clay, a cup of water, and a paper towel.
2. Start putting clay all around the outside of the pot. The clay is very soft and pretty easy to work with, but I had a lot of trouble getting it to be perfectly smooth. I decided to go for a more bumpy (and pineappley look). It can often help to dip your fingers in water when working with the clay.
3. Once you have the shape you want, you can smooth away some of the bumps, wrinkles, and fingerprints with a damp paper towel. Let the clay air dry at least overnight. To see if it's fully dried, press on the sides of the pot. If it is squishy at all, then it needs more time to dry. Optional - you can use fine sandpaper to smooth the pot once the clay has dried.
4. Paint your pot yellow. I used a few coats of yellow paint (with the help of cute little Lyla). Spray paint would also work well.
5. Plan where your lines are going to be. I wanted my pot to have a handmade look, so I didn't measure precisely or use a ruler. I just used the white paint pen to mark 8 evenly spaced dots on the top of the pot.
6. Start drawing your lines with your white paint pen. I did all of the lines going in one direction, let them dry, then did the lines going in the other direction.
7. Fill the pot with some potting soil, then move over your plant. I love how my little aloe plant looks in my pineapple planter.
8. Enjoy! You can even make different sizes, shapes, and colors. I was going to make some shorter pink and orange pineapples, but I ended out loving how they look just as neon pink and orange planters that I didn't add the pineapple stripes. Follow the instructions on your succulent to keep them alive.