Draped Planter

Draped Planter

Materials + Supplies:
    •    Water Proof Fabric (something that won't absorb water)
    •    Plastic Bowl

    •    Scissors  
    •    Diamond Hand Polishing Pads / Sandpaper / File

Size: 18" x 18" x 8" high
Color: Grey
Technique: Draped

Draped Planter

Video Instructions:

On a piece of fabric, roll out ShapeCrete to a uniform thickness (3/8"). Wait 10 minutes and then drape the fabric into a bowl. Smooth any cracked edges and allow to cure overnight.


STEP 1: Cut the Fabric

Trace out a large circle onto the fabric. Leave some tabs on the sides so you can lift the fabric up to drape it into the bowl later.


STEP 2: Bowl Details

The shape of the bowl will change the way the fabric folds. Test fit the fabric into a few different bowls to get an idea of what will happen.


STEP 3: Mix and Pack ShapeCrete

Mix ShapeCrete to a Clay-Like Consistency. Pack it onto the fabric, flattening it out as you go. Smooth it to the edge of the of the fabric to a thickness of about 3/8" - 1/2".


STEP 4: Smooth and Let it Set

Take a bit of time to smooth the mix out. This will be visible as the inside of the planter. When you're finished, let the mix set up for about 5-10 minutes. This time will vary depending on the temperature and humidity where you're working. To check the mix, lift up a corner of the fabric. If it slumps down, it's still too wet. If it cracks, you've waited a bit too long and should put the piece in the bowl right away.


STEP 5: Drape into Bowl

If you have a small piece, you can do this yourself. For larger pieces, it's much easier with a helper. Lift up on the tabs and gently drop the piece into the bowl. Let the edges fold naturally.


STEP 6: Smooth any Cracks

Smooth out any cracks that may have formed in the tighter bends and clean up the inside of the planter by removing any loose material.


STEP 7: Cover and Cure

Cover the piece with plastic and allow it to cure for at least 24 hours.


STEP 8: Remove Fabric

Gently pull the fabric away from the planter, being especially careful in the tight bends.

The fabric can be cleaned up and used again.



For a project with a similar technique, check out the Bubble Wrap Terrapin:

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