In this instructable, I will be showing how to make ceramic planters, or containers without all the hassle of getting a kiln, throwing mud, making a mess, etc.  While a great art form, why not make life easy and make them out of readily available material (cardboard)?  With some creative painting techniques and basic "planter" forms, you can have as many containers as you want to make.  Let's get started!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Standard cutting tools such as: box cutter, utility knife, craft knife, scalpel, etc.  A straight edge is needed to make long cuts, and some white glue and/or tacky glue.  And the primary material is corrugated cardboard.  I use kraft paper (grocery bags) as a covering material which will be shown in a later step. To finish the items, craft acrylic paints are used.  So not only are we saving on those things mentioned in step one, we are reusing or recycling these materials.  It's a very inexpensive way to be creative and be green at the same time.

Oh this looks super cool! Very nice work and amazing craftsmanship!
I am going to try this CMan. I like working with cardboard and paper. I just finished a small cardboard table. Some years ago I made some cardboard plinths out of some packaging, and used muslin,dry palm fronds and glue <br>made from flour and water plus some wood glue.Then painted them to look like plaster .I got many compliments as people thoughjt they were real plaster <br>I made rather a mess.But they were worth it **** cheers you rock :-)
Thanks for all your comments, jakyo...always nice to recieve comps....
Well I have become dare I say 'addicted' to cardboard CM I have been making boxes and picture frames so far. Such fun. I also incorporate my 'Artistic' touch<br>My head is full of ideas. (as if there were not enough already) I check your pages most days to check out your 'ibles' cheers ;-)
WANTED!!!<br /> luv
very neat! I'm one of those who practically breathes ceramics (yeah i know I'll probably die of silicosis) and can appreciate what you're doing here. ;) not sure you'll be able to oust a millenia-old tradition though jk<br />
Thanks Kaelessin: appreciate your comments. Ceramics is one thing I haven't done (yet), you never know.&nbsp; I like to make &quot;props&quot; out of whatever is available, so chose to do this with the cardboard.&nbsp; Real ceramics can be ultra beautiful, of course, and this certainly isn't meant to compete with those.&nbsp; Hope you don't get that silicosis....Cman<br />
heh well &quot;props&quot; to you man! the techniques you presented here are excelent for the medium you're using . . .I'll probably end up using them for something in the future. . . I was thinking along the lines of elaborate gift boxes<br /> <br /> you ought to try your hand at ceramics . . .with your attention to detail and craftsmanship you'd probably excel!<br />
Thanks alot!&nbsp;&nbsp; Just never got the urge for the craft.&nbsp; Never did airbrush,either, can you imagine?&nbsp; take care. Cman<br />
Cman, I like it! Really nice work -as always- with great final compositions.<br />
Thanks. Cman<br />
It would be easy to finish with a waterproof layer or two for those real plants.
Thanks mamma! Cman<br />
Another great idea! Good job, they don't look like cardboard.&nbsp; I personally have no use for this :/<br /> but it does give me help on making things look less like cardboard. Thanks again!<br />
Thanks for your comments...and you never know when you can use this! Cman<br />
&nbsp;Truly realistic, well done Cman!
Hey Ninzer, thanks alot. Cman<br />
Nice work Cman, they look great!<br />
Thank you Chrys. Cman<br />

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Bio: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.
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