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Terra Cotta Plant Holder


When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • Prang® DAS® Terra Cotta Air Hardening Modeling Clay 1.1 lb.
  • Prang® Oval 8 – Watercolors
  • Prang® Metallic Watercolors

Basic Supplies:

  • Foil
  • Masking tape
  • Rolling pin or straight sided glass
  • Knife
  • Bowl of water
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
  • Leaves – small
  • Small terra cotta pot

Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions on the package of clay.
Wash your hands after working with the clay.


  1. Tape foil to work surface.  Open package of clay and cut off 1/4 from block.  Knead in hands until smooth – about 1 minute.  Place on work surface then use the glass to roll clay to about ¼” thickness.
  2. Place leaves, right side up, onto clay.  Roll over leaves a few times with glass to press into clay.  Run fingers along leaves to deepen impression in clay.  Carefully remove leaves.
  3. Place pattern over clay then use knife to carefully cut around, removing excess.  Use tooth piece to mark placement of holes.  Remove pattern.
  4. Lift in hand and enlarge holes with toothpick.  Dip a finger in water the rub along edges to smooth clay.  Place on wire rack.  Repeat step with remaining sides.
  5. Let dry following package instructions.  Turn sections over a few times to evenly dry.
  6. Using the brush from the box, paint leaf impressions with Green paint from the Watercolor strip.  Let dry then repeat step.
  7. Brush on a coat of Gold from the Metallic paint strip over the entire surface, even over painted leaves.  Let dry.
  8. Pull a single strand of raffia from the bunch then use scissors to cut end at an angle – this will make lacing easier.  Place two sections next to each other lining up holes.  Insert raffia from the back at the bottom holes on one section, leaving about a 5” tail.  Thread into the next hole then stand up sides.  Continue lacing up the side then wrap the end under itself a few times, divide raffia and tie a knot to secure.  Repeat step with other end of raffia.  Continue with remainder of sides forming a square. 
  9. Place small clay pot inside then add silk or real plants.
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