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Sculpey Premo™ Footed Planter Box

Sculpey Premo™ Footed Planter Box

Designed by Amy Koranek
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Little pots like these are easy to construct from recycled boxes and cans. Just poke holes in the bottom for some drainage if you Inter to use as a planter. They also make great little display vessels for air plants which don’t require any dirt.COMPLETION TIME: 60 Minutes to make and bake.
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  • Small clean recycled box - I used a small spice box that originally had a plastic lid - this box is approximately 3” Tall X 2.5” Wide X 1” Deep
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Hammer
  • Heavy duty needle tool, awl, or small nail
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Project Instructions
    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
First prepare the box by making sure it’s clean and dry. Remove the lid with flat nose pliers or carefully pry it off.
Then pierce a few drainage holes in the bottom with a heavy needle tool, awl, or nail and a hammer. This design also makes a cute desk top organizer.
photo shows putting holes in box
The method for creating this design will be to cover the box with a wrap of clay. Then we will decorate the background with a slab style design. That way we only create what we need for the project without creating a lot of scrap slab.

No adhesive is needed between the box and the clay.

Roll or sheet 1 bar Premo™ Berry Pearl to a little less than 1/8” thick sheet that will be a good shape to wrap the little box in. You can use the Acrylic Clay Roller or a pasta machine on the second thickest setting.

Starting with the bottom first, place a thin layer of the sheeted Berry Pearl on the bottom. Use fingertips to smooth it into place following whatever seams your box may have. Poke the holes through the clay that we pierced into the metal in Step 2.
photo shows covered bottom
Wrap the remaining sheet of Berry Pearl around the outside of the box. Cut straight edges for the seams and smooth the seam with fingertips.

Trim the top and bottom edges with the Clay Blade. Smooth the seam between the sides and the bottom with fingertips.
photo shows covering sides of box
Mix custom colors as follows using small equal amounts:
Berry Pearl + Ecru 1:1 = Berry Ecru
Midnight Blue + Ecru 1:1 = Blue Ecru
Royalty + Ecru 1:1 = Purple Ecru
Berry Ecru + Ecru 1:1 = Light Berry Ecru

Sheet Berry Ecru to a thin sheet about 1/16” thick.
Use the Clay Blade to cut narrow strips about 1/8” wide by 1.25” long.
photo shows Berry Ecru strips
Bend the strips in a random pattern around the box pressing them flat to the background.
photo shows adding strips like ribbons on box
Make very thin sheets of both Midnight Blue and Royalty. Cut out 1/2” circles from both colors. Press them flat randomly to the background.
photo shows adding random circles
Make some small flat circles of Blue Ecru and Purple Ecru by hand (custom colors from Step 5). Press them into the centers of the darker circles.
Push a divot into each one with the 6 mm Ball Tool.
photo shows as described
Place more Blue Ecru and Purple Ecru dots randomly on the design and divot these as well.
Make small flat teardrop shapes from the Light Berry Ecru (custom color from Step 5).
Press these randomly to the pattern.
photo shows as described
Score each leaf shape with the Needle Tool.
photo shows score each leaf shape with the Needle Tool.
Now go crazy and use your tool tips to really elevate the design with texture. It’s a good idea to be consistent with your marks so it doesn’t look too wild but still looks random.

If you put Blunt Point dots in one of the Berry Ecru ribbons, then repeat that pattern in every Berry Ecru ribbon.

If you put Chisel Point X’s in the center of the Blue Ecru dots, then do that consistently.
Finally score some cool markings in the background as well.
photo shows creating design textures
Next let’s build some little feet for our planter. Make four equal sized Berry Pearl balls - 1/2” in diameter and press one onto each corner of the bottom of the box.
photo shows as described
Make four very flat discs of Midnight Blue and press those on next.
photo shows flat discs added
Turn the box upside down and very carefully push divots into the bottom of each ball. This will create a little well for the final balls to snug into.
photo shows divots
Make 3/8” balls of Blue Ecru and place them into the divots.
photo shows small balls placed in divots
Really carefully stand the box upright on its new legs and make sure it stands squarely on its own. Make whatever adjustments needed to keep it standing upright.

Bake following the baking instructions for Sculpey Premo™ and allow to cool completely before handling.
photo shows final image