Kodoma Planters




I decided I'm going to start my succulent garden. I'd like to make various planters based on movies, cartoons and video games. The first planters I'm starting with are a couple Kodama from Princess Mononoke. What better to plant in my garden than mini Forest Spirits!

You will need:

Polymer clay

Black paint marker

White appliance paint


And an oven

Step 1: Make Clay Bodies

Start by making the body. Roll a piece of clay into a circle and then stretch the top to make a neck. Pat down the bottom to make it level. Next I made the arms and legs by rolling out thin clay pieces and attaching small hands and feet.

For each planter I need a head with an open spot for the succulent plant. To do this I rolled a piece of clay into a ball then created a hole in the top and widened it to my pot size. (Of note: It's important to make the outer walls thin here so they do not crack when baking.) I made sure to shape the heads like the characters so some were deep and others more round. I then added eyes and mouth to each character's head.

I attached the heads to the previously made bodies and set them down on a flat surface. Next I adjusted the bodies so that the succulent plants could sit in them at a cute angle and still collect water.

Lastly I made a small drain hole at the back of each head.

Step 2: Bake

Next I followed the directions on the polymer clay package and baked my polymer clay planters at 275°F for about 30 minutes. Then I let them cool. I was left with planters that were white but a matte white and I wanted a shiny white like the characters in the movie.

Step 3: Paint

In order to get the shiny white that I wanted, I needed to paint the clay planters. I don't have a kiln and I didn't use clay that would survive a kiln. I also needed something that could withstand various conditions based on where I wanted to put my succulent garden. I decided on white appliance paint. It's tough as nails and super shiny. I tied a string to the back of each planters head then dipped them in the appliance paint. I hung them up to dry 4 hours and repeated the process for three times to get a nice even layer of shiny white. Afterwards I let the whole thing dry for 24 hours. Then I took my black paint marker and painted on the eyes and the mouths.

Step 4: Paint and Enjoy

I let my planters try for another 24 hours just in case there was any wet paint. After I was sure they were dry I planted various small succulent plants in each planter and placed them in my garden.



    • Warm and Fuzzy Contest

      Warm and Fuzzy Contest
    • Paper Contest

      Paper Contest
    • Organization Contest

      Organization Contest

    6 Discussions


    7 months ago

    These are amazing, can't wait to try making them myself. Bookmarked this page, I just hope they don't get deleted after the completion is over as won't be able to get my craft on for a while(just moved house)

    1 reply

    Reply 7 months ago

    Thank you! Be sure to post pictures of how they turn out!

    Penolopy Bulnick

    8 months ago

    Those look fantastic! That appliance epoxy looks like a great material to use :)

    1 reply