DIY Wall Pockets

I recently came across some air dry clay that my daughter and I had used to make faces for some nature spirit dolls we crafted together.  I thought the excess clay would be perfect for a little plant holder for the wall.  These wall pockets are great for an air plant, or even a little succulent, to add a pop of greenery on the wall.  If you do decide to plant a succulent, be sure to line the wall pocket with plastic so that water doesn’t leak from the planter.

rolling pin, water, clay, wood stick, exactoknife
© Eclectically K & L 2018


  • Rolling pin
  • Air dry clay, I used this one.  I prefer white, but used flesh because that is what I had on hand.
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Water
  • Wood craft stick
  • Paint, if desired
  • Template *find template at bottom of post


  1. Roll clay until it reaches 1/4″ thickness.
  2. Use template, if desired, and an X-Acto knife to cut out clay pieces out.
  3. On the top piece of clay remove a small amount of clay down the middle.  This makes it easier when you bend it to make the pocket.  Before bending the clay to form the pocket, score the inside and wet slightly.  When you bend it use a craft stick to pull clay and blend the seam together.
  4. Score the edges of both the front piece and the back piece of clay.  These edges will be the ones that will be connected.WallPocketScoreEdge
  5. Slightly wet the scored edges of clay and places edges together.  I placed a crumbled up piece of paper between them so that it would support the front wall.  Use the craft stick to blend the edges together.
  6. Smooth out the edges and any cracks by gently using your finger with a little bit of water.WallPocketSmoothing
  7. Cut a hole in the back wall for hanging on the wall.  (I used a Sharpie cap).  Allow to dry according to clay package directions.  I placed a bent piece of cardboard above a ball of paper to ensure the walls didn’t fall down.

    © Eclectically K & L 2018
  8. Once dry, use a fine sandpaper to smooth any rough spots and paint if desired.
  9. Hang planter on the wall with a small plant.
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    For an added variation, I also made a circular wall pocket.  I used a clay coil to connect the front and back pieces for added dimension.

    I painted the bottom for a pop of color!

    © Eclectically K & L 2018

    Wall Pocket Template

    TOP ©Eclectically K & L 2018

    BOTTOM ©Eclectically K & L 2018

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