Rustic Planters


Craft Tutorials, Celluclay

ACTÍVA Products

Materials Needed:

  • Activa CelluClay
  • Water
  • Zip top bag
  • Recycled paper cylindrical or craft paper circle containers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pottery scrapers
  • Paper egg carton
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Floral styrofoam
  • Adhesive
  • Artificial plant

Step 1

Prepare the CelluClay

Mix the CelluClay according to package directions.

Add 32oz. of warm water to 1 lb. of CelluClay mixing in a zip top bag.

Knead with fingers until the CelluClay reaches the consistency of clay or stiff dough with no dry spots.

Add more dry CelluClay if mixture is too wet or soft, and more water if CelluClay if too dry or stiff.

Remove the Celluclay from bag when done mixing.

Step 2


Use recycled paper cylindrical or craft paper circle containers for the structure of the planter.

Size the forms so they vary in diameter.

Layer the smaller cylindrical form under the larger form.

Attach the forms together using a hot glue gun.


Step 3


Cover the armature with a coat of the CelluClay.

Smooth out any bumps in the CelluClay with wet fingertips.

Apply several coats of CelluClay as needed. Allowing the individual coats to dry in between layers.

Step 4


A rough rustic texture can be added in a variety of ways.

Additional CelluClay can be added and indented with different ended pottery scrapers.

Cardboard can be cut and attached to add a raised texture to the outside of the pot.

Step 5


Allow the sculpture to air dry. Humidity levels will impact drying time.

The CelluClay will lighten in color and become harder as it is drying.

The CelluClay will feel room temperature when dry and have a bright white color appearance.

Step 6


Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas or bumps on the sculpture’s surface.


Step 7


Use acrylic paint to paint the sculpture.
* Highlight raised areas with a lighter hue of color.

Step 8


Glue a layer of floral styrofoam inside the pot and insert an artificial plant into it.
*Planters will be too porous to house living plants.