Mini Face Planters: The Cutest DIY Gift of the Season

Plus, you can make one in minutes

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

By: Liz Gray

It’s Handmade Holidays week on I Heart HGTV! All week long, we’re sharing our favorite DIY gift ideas for groups, from BFFs to coworkers to extended family. Plus, we’ll share our favorite gift-wrap tricks.

Confession: I'm a bit of a succulent addict. I have no less than 20 plants around my home, not counting the babies I'm currently propagating. So, it's no surprise that one of my go-to gifts for a group is an itsy-bitsy potted plant. To make things a little more special, I always add a DIY touch to the pot. This year, I decided to create mini versions of my favorite plant vessel trend: face planters!

If you haven't seen larger versions of these cute pots, they feature minimalist faces, with spiky or trailing succulents standing in as the "hair." Larger handmade versions can be a bit pricey, but there's a surprising tiny swap-in: Egg cups! I started with this inexpensive version with modern lines. See how easy it is to create these DIY planters here:

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Repurpose an egg cup into a pretty planter with personality.

To mimic the look of a fired pottery "face," I used fine-point, oil-based paint markers to create the planters' face and clothing. I went with navy, green and gold for a modern holiday look. I recommend practicing your design on a piece of paper or cardstock before getting started, or sacrificing one egg cup as a test subject. Once you get the design down, you can knock out enough for a big batch of friends in under an hour.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

When the paint dries, oil-based paint markers are durable enough to withstand light handling, but a stint in the oven will make the design permanent. Place cups in a cold oven, then heat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let cups cool completely before removing to prevent cracking.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Add a few small rocks to the bottom of your pot, then add a small succulent or fern. Use succulent soil to fill in any gaps. Happy drawing — and planting!

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

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