Picture of Faux Ceramics You Can Make!
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

Picture of 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.

poofrabbit4 years ago
Oh this looks super cool! Very nice work and amazing craftsmanship!
jakyo4 years ago
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
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
I made rather a mess.But they were worth it **** cheers you rock :-)
Creativeman (author)  jakyo4 years ago
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
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 ;-)
kissinggame5 years ago
Kaelessin5 years ago
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
Creativeman (author)  Kaelessin5 years ago
Thanks Kaelessin: appreciate your comments. Ceramics is one thing I haven't done (yet), you never know.  I like to make "props" out of whatever is available, so chose to do this with the cardboard.  Real ceramics can be ultra beautiful, of course, and this certainly isn't meant to compete with those.  Hope you don't get that silicosis....Cman
heh well "props" 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

you ought to try your hand at ceramics . . .with your attention to detail and craftsmanship you'd probably excel!
Creativeman (author)  Kaelessin5 years ago
Thanks alot!   Just never got the urge for the craft.  Never did airbrush,either, can you imagine?  take care. Cman
laxap5 years ago
Cman, I like it! Really nice work -as always- with great final compositions.
Creativeman (author)  laxap5 years ago
Thanks. Cman
hishealer5 years ago
It would be easy to finish with a waterproof layer or two for those real plants.
Creativeman (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
Thanks mamma! Cman
Kaiven5 years ago
Another great idea! Good job, they don't look like cardboard.  I personally have no use for this :/
but it does give me help on making things look less like cardboard. Thanks again!
Creativeman (author)  Kaiven5 years ago
Thanks for your comments...and you never know when you can use this! Cman
Ninzerbean5 years ago
 Truly realistic, well done Cman!
Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Hey Ninzer, thanks alot. Cman
ChrysN5 years ago
Nice work Cman, they look great!
Creativeman (author)  ChrysN5 years ago
Thank you Chrys. Cman