Crafty Kids | Tiny Pinch Pots

by , posted on June 4th, 2013 in Arts & Crafts, Kids DIY

We have so many fun things planned for this summer, I’m having a hard time keeping it all under wraps. Thankfully, I can let one cat out of the bag today: Carla Wiking from Small + Friendly is joining the Classic Play team! Super excited to have her here today debuting her first craft. Please give her a warm welcome.

kids diy tiny pots for tiny succulents

For me, it simply isn’t spring without a garden. This little collection of containers is easy to create, plant, and care for. Plus, it will fit just about anywhere! This little craft was born from two of my favorite things: tiny objects and succulents. With just a few supplies and a little time, you and your kids can create your own mini container garden.

kids can make these succulent pots themselves

supplies to make succulent pots

Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:
Fimo or Sculpey oven bake clay (one pack makes three tiny pots)
Succulents (from the nursery or cuttings from plants you already have)
A skewer
A few pinches of soil for each pot
Objects with neat texture like sticks or etched glass
Acrylic paint

Step One
Form your clay into three balls.

Step Two
To form a pot, place the ball on a flat surface and make a dent in the center by poking it with your finger. Then pinch around the edges with your thumb and pointer finger until you have a pot shape.

pinch yo pot

Step three
Poke a drainage hole in the bottom with a skewer.

Optional Step
Add texture to your pot by rolling it against a textured object. Help your pot hold its shape by placing your thumb in the pot as you roll.

Step Four
Bake your pots according to the clay package directions. For soft Fimo, I baked them at 230 degrees F for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely.


Optional Step
Paint your pot with acrylic paint


Step Five
Plant your succulent. Fill your pot with a few pinches of potting soil. Cut a small succulent from your plant and stick it into the dirt. Water and enjoy! The cutting will grow roots and your little garden will thrive with occasional water and bright light (outside partial shade or inside near a sunny window).

pinch pots

Happy Gardening!

ps. A note from Jen: This week must be the internet’s pinch pot week. Check out this super cool tutorial from one of my favorite bloggers.

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16 Responses to “Crafty Kids | Tiny Pinch Pots”

  1. Caroline Says:

    June 4th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Oh my GOSH I love these so much! They are doable and super stylish= PERFECT.

    I just saw the pin, it caught my eye immediately, and I jumped over here and saw it was the lovely Carla on the lovely Classic Play! Double love!!


    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    I know! Who’s the luckiest blogger in the world to have such talented contributors? This gal.

    Carla Reply:

    I am so beyond thrilled to be here! Thanks so much Caroline, I had a lot to live up to with all of your amazing posts!

  2. celina Says:

    June 4th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    ummm seriously can this blog get any better? So much talent in one place. Love these little pots, so simple and so design!

  3. Helen Says:

    June 4th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Yea – two of my favorite bloggers in one place! xx

  4. Deborah Says:

    June 5th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Yay Carla! Love these little potted succulents! Jen, you really have a knack for getting the best on Classic Play!

  5. Courtney Says:

    June 6th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Adorable. I just shared this project on my business facebook page.

  6. Carla Says:

    June 7th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Thanks so much everyone for the warm welcome!

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  8. Cordelia Says:

    July 3rd, 2013 at 10:57 am

    AWESOME! DOING IT!!! Maybe even today, they need something to do. We’ve been using air dry clay, which I haven’t been that into. Maybe the ones you mentioned are better.

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  12. Jeanine Says:

    February 14th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    CONGRATS! What a sweet and awesome way to start!

  13. Julie Says:

    April 8th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    My kids made something similar at nursery school, although I think they used some sort of airdrying clay (and they are 19,17 & 15 so a while ago!) and I STILL have them on the windowsill. Mine have never had succulents in them, more things like paperclips, safety pins, buttons waiting to go back on – that kind of thing. Just be warned you can never throw things this cute away! (or is that just me!)

  14. Catherine Says:

    September 5th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    We featured this cute craft on our Gifts for Grandparents post over at The Shopping Mama!
    Love it and so will the grandparents in our lives!

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