It feels as though the tides are changing, as the mermaid trend makes its way into home decor. That’s why we’re pretty convinced that coral is going to be the new succulent/cactus house plant. This gets a little tricky, considering a large number of coral species are currently endangered. Fret not! Luckily, you can make your own environmentally responsible coral out of air-dry clay. And one of the better parts of coral *house plants* is that they require very little care.

Faux Coral Plants

Materials and Tools:


  1. Shape your coral out of the air-dry clay. Add different arms, knobs, and layers.
  2. Using the end of a small paintbrush, poke little indents into the clay to create a coral texture. Once you have the pattern you desire, set out to dry for 2-3 days.
  3. Cover with white paint.
  4. Fill your pot with paper filler and then cover the top layer with the rocks. Set in the faux coral and embellish with the moss.
  5. Find a home for your new *plant!*

Playing with the air-dry clay takes me back to childhood. Use small pieces to make a coral shape with different arms and layers.

Next, using the end of a small paintbrush, make little indents all over the clay to create a coral pattern. Set out to dry for two to three days.

Now it’s time to make your coral come alive! Cover with white paint. While it dries, fill up your pot with paper filler and top with a layer of rocks. Add in your faux coral piece and add a touch of moss to brighten it up. Boom! It’s instant and easy decor.

All you have to do now is decide where to put it. You can make a whole garden, and add it to your mermaid-themed room.

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DIY Production: Lindsay Saito

Styling: Lindsay Saito, Lee Schellenberger + Cassidy Miller

Photography: Brittany Griffin