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DIY: Mini Waffle Cone Air Plant Holder with Laurie Melia

Jun 30, 2016

by yellowtreestore handmade and vintage goods

Laurie Melia is the quirky creator and maker behind Etsy shop Yellow Tree Store. A self-taught ceramic artist working predominately with ceramics and clay (but also deviating every now and again to draw pictures of Nicolas Cage). Laurie designs and makes all of her pieces from start to finish in her sunny studio at home in Perth, WA.


Love icecream? Always wanted a place to house your teeny loveable air-plants? Well this DIY is just for you then. Here’s what you need and how to make your very own clay waffle cone air plant holder.


  • Polymer Clay (1 x 2oz pack for the body of the waffle cone, additional face colours optional)
  • Pom Poms
  • Leather Rope
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Needle
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Rolling Pin
  • Skewer
  • Paintbrush (or other tool with a rounded end for embossing)
  • This Waffle Cone Template



  • Knead your 2oz square of polymer clay til soft and pliable (this step is very important to avoid cracks when you are rolling the clay into a cone shape).


  • Once soft, roll the clay in to a ball.
  • Using your rolling pin, flatten your clay to a oval(ish) disk (approx 5mm thickness)


  • Using the template (or just eyeball it, like i did) and a sharp skewer or scalpel, cut the cone template shape out of the clay.
  • Using the rounded end of your paintbrush, draw diagonal lines across the face of your clay, creating the waffle pattern.


  • Gently fold your clay around to create the cone shape, slightly overlap where the sides meet. Just like you were making a real waffle cone.


  • Firmly press the edges together, smoosh the clay a little along the seam to ensure you have made a firm seal. It doesn’t matter if you can see a few finger marks along the seam. (TIP: Press your finger along the inside of the seam while you are sealing it so you have something firm to press against)
  • Using small bits of rolled clay, you can make up a face for your cone, pressing them on firmly to ensure they stay put after baking.


  • Poke 3 evenly-spaced small holes around the opening of the cone with your skewer, and one hole through the bottom of tip of the cone (for threading your leather rope and embroidery thread after baking)
  • Preheat your oven to 130 degrees celsius and bake your waffle cone for 15 mins
  • Allow to cool and firm
  • Cut three 20cm lengths of leather rope and start threading them through the top holes (from the outside in) knot off the end of your rope (the knot will sit on the inside of the cone to secure it)



  • Once you have threaded and knotted off each length, gather and tie the ropes at the top to create your hanger. You can trim the ends to make them nice and neat.


  • Thread your embroidery thread onto the needle and insert up through the bottom of your cone, again knot off the end of the thread to secure it on the inside of the cone. Give it a little tug to make sure you have made your knot big enough that your thread is staying put.
  • Start threading your pom poms onto the thread, as many as you like!
  • Knot off the end of the thread once you have finished threading your poms to secure them and trim off any excess thread.
  • Insert your air plant (or maybe some dried flowers) and you are ready to hang your mini planter!


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