This is my first polymer clay tutorial I’ve shared on the blog…actually it’s one of the first projects I’ve tried with polymer clay. I have to say that my girls and I had so much fun making this adorable watercolor plant markers! I wasn’t sure how well paint would adhere to the clay once it was baked, but it worked like a charm. These little plant markers are the perfect way to give a succulent or potted plant for Mother’s Day or as an end of the year teacher gift. I can’t wait to find excuses to make more. I had just as much fun with this as my girls did.
How do you make clay plant markers? First, roll out your clay to about 1/4 inch in thickness. Then, cut your clay to the shape that you want. Next, use small letter stamps to press words into the clay. Bake the clay according to package directions. Lastly, mix acrylic paint and water to paint colors on your plant markers.
Easy Clay Plant Markers Using Watercolors
In my opinion, a house plant is the perfect gift for almost anyone and any occasion. It works for the person who has everything. Everyone can always use another plant in their life. Whether you want to give them something to display on their desk at work or put in the windowsill at home, a little plant will brighten anyone’s day.
With the end of the school year approaching, Easter and Mother’s Day coming up, there are plenty of reasons to give plants away to loved ones. These little clay plant markers are so beautiful and make the gift extra special. This craft is so great because kids of all ages can make these themselves (with a little help from an adult) and they look lovely no matter what. Personalize your plant markers to say something inspirational or label the plant or herb that you are gifting. Or, maybe you will fall in love with these plant markers so much that you will want to keep some for yourself!
Materials Needed To Make Easy Clay Plant Markers
For this project, you will need:
- Oven-bake Polymer Clay
- Small Alphabet Stamps
- Acrylic Paint
Instructions For How To Make Easy Clay Plant Markers
I’ve seen a few of these stamped plant markers around Pinterest, but I thought it would be fun to make slightly larger, painted versions that stand out more in a potted plant.
1. Using a pen or pencil as a tiny rolling pin, roll out your clay until it’s about 1/4 inch in thickness.
2. Cut the clay into strips and also cut a V shape at the bottom.
I started off by just making one side angled, but ended up making the bottom a V as you will see in the other photos.
3. Stamp in your words at the top of the strips.
We did inspirational words as well as a few herbs in case we wanted to use them to label future plants.
4. Bake the polymer clay according to package directions.
Then, you are ready to add the watercolor effect!
5. Mix some acrylic paint and water and paint away!
I tried this with actual watercolors at first and the paint did not stick to the baked clay at all. So, you definitely need to use something a little thicker which is why the acrylic worked so well for us.
Stick some in your plants and call it good!
I’m in love with this springy polymer clay tutorial! I hope you will try your hand at making some of these with the kiddos…or just by yourself. No judgement here.