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DIY mini planters

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DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd put together a quick mini planter DIY you can do for mum or, as a mum, you can do with the kids. It's super fun and super easy so let's get into it...

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

To make the mini planters, we used 50c egg cups from Big W. They're ceramic and pretty sturdy. They're also big enough to house small succulents and air plants - making them perfect for this activity.

To draw on the egg cups, we used Sharpie permanent markers . It's important to note that while the Sharpie markings on the egg cup don't wipe off when dry, they will come off if they come in contact with water. So try to use a pipette to water the plants once they're inside the planters. 

We'll just mention that we also have you covered if you're stuck for facial expression ideas for your planters. When you get to the bottom of this blog post, you'll find a collection of simple faces we've put together that you can copy or use as inspiration.

Doggie mini planter (step by step)

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Start by holding the egg cup at the base and use a thick Sharpie to draw the left eye of the doggie.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Then do the same with the right eye.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Once you've done the eyes, add a doggie nose in the middle, followed by some whiskers.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Then, using a thinner Sharpie, add in some freckles for character.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

And the doggie face is done!

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Sailor girl mini planter (step by step)

The sailor girl mini planter is a little more detailed, but just as fun. Here's how to make her...

Start by drawing the eyes. You can do round circles or make them look a bit more like sketches (as shown below).

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

For the mouth, draw a line with a little kink on the left-hand side to make it look like a smile. Then draw two smaller lines -one above and one below - that line and join them to the middle line to complete the mouth with lips.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Then add two small dots for the nose and a small line above each eye for the eyebrows.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Using the thinner Sharpie, draw a circle made of tiny dots under each eye to complete the face with cheeks.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Then grab the thicker Sharpie again and using lean it into the crevasse where the 'head' and the 'neck' of the egg cup meet.

Using the crevasse as a guide, gently turn the egg cup so that the Sharpie leaves a line all the way around the cup. Then carefully draw 2-3 more lines underneath that one using the same method of twisting the egg cup. It's a bit fiddly, but you've totally got it.

Once you have the lines, draw a small up-side-down butterfly shape to make the bow on her shirt.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

And now it's time to add a succulent.

Make sure you find a succulent that looks like it has small roots - you can ask anyone working at a plant nursery for suggestions.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Because the egg cup is small, you'll need to find something small to use to both get the plant out of the original pot and to pop the soil and plant into your mini planter.

We used a teaspoon - it worked a treat.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

We carefully dug out the succulent with its roots and popped that into the mini planter first.

Then we carefully added soil in around the roots and gently padded it down until the succulent was firmly in place.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Sleepy head mini planter (step by step)

The sleepy head mini planter is the easiest of the three.

Start by drawing the eyes - simple, flattened half circles (as shown below)

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Then draw a bigger one down lower for the mouth.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Next, draw tiny lines coming off the eyes to complete the eyelashes.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

And you're done!

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Sleepy head looks particularly cute with a wispy air plant for hair.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

And the bonus is that air plants are even easier to maintain than succulents.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

Mini planters - fill 'em with what you want

Once you've finished drawing on your mini planters you can fill them with any plants or flower offcuts you like to create the perfect little present for someone or to add a whimsical touch to your decor.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

 

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe

BONUS - facial expressions

Here is a collection of facial expressions you can use to create your own mini planters.

DIY mini planters by One Tiny Tribe


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