To Paint / A Succulent Planter

 

      Hi there! Just wanted to share this cute little planter I made over the weekend! It was sooo easy, and the end result is simple and pretty. 

       I started with air dry clay, which I rolled out flat and cut into the base and sleeve of the planter. Then, I attached the two pieces and let it dry. After that, you just paint it however you like, and voila!

 A couple of tips if you decide to make your own:

1. Make sure to punch a hole through the bottom of the base for drainage, if you decide you want it to be a planter

2. Use a small amount of water on the edges to smooth out any cracks and unevenness.

To Make / A Spoon Rest

 

     Good morning! For awhile now, I've been looking to replace the spoon rest we keep by the oven, and I finally decided to just make one. I like slightly wonky, gilded ceramics, so crafting one myself seemed simple enough! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- air-dry clay

- gold spray paint

- white acrylic paint

- a paint brush

- water for slip

Directions:

1. First, get a large ball of clay, and press it out until it's about 1/2 an inch thick. Mold it into a shallow bowl shape using the bottom of any cup or bowl you like.

2. Using water, smooth down the inside and sides of your dish until desired texture is reached.

2. (cont.) I made a small dip in the front of mine to accommodate any large cooking utensil. 

3. Let dry overnight, then paint the bottom and sides using spray paint, and paint the interior with white paint.

4. Let dry and enjoy!

To Make / Incense Holders

 

      Good morning! For this past Christmas, I crafted a few incense holders for my friends that are so inclined. They're so cute, and I loved my own so much that I wanted to share the DIY with you all today! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- air-dry clay

- cutting utensil (I just use a butter knife!)

- acrylic paint + brush

- glaze

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Directions:

1. Simply flatten a small ball of clay, and cut out desired shape. I went with a triangle design, but you could do any other shape!

2. Prick a hole into the center of your shape for the incense. Let dry overnight.

3. Paint and let dry.

4. Glaze and let dry. Enjoy!

To Make Gifts

 

     Hi there! Today, I wanted to share one of the gifts I made for Christmas this year! It's for one of my friends, and I won't say who, but this little ring dish was inspired by their love of crystals. It's slightly shaped like one, and I was very tempted to just keep it for myself. Luckily, I can always recreate it whenever I please. The beauty of being a maker! Anyways, get the how-to below!

Materials:

- air-dry clay

- a rolling pin + a cutting utensil, like a butter knife

- white paint + a brush

- glaze

- a small bowl of water for slip

(I pictured a stamp here, because I was going to make a stamped version originally, but go ahead and stamp away if you like!)

Directions:

1. Roll out a golf ball sized ball of clay. Cut out whatever shape you want the base of your ring dish to be.

2. Cut out sides for your dish from the scraps of the base. Attach by pressing your side piece along the side of your base, and seal with water along the seams.

3. Using water and your cutting utensil, line up the ends of your sides at the same angle as the other sides it touches. This will create a seamless wall along all sides of your dish.

4. Seal off all and smooth the tops of your walls and the visible part of the base, all with water. Let dry overnight.

5. Paint your desired color and let dry. Paint on glaze if you like, and gift away!

To Make Placecard Holders

 
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     Hi there! Friendsgiving is coming up so soon, and since I'm hosting this year, I decided to make it as special as possible. I'm covering all of the little details, from the napkin rings to the place cards. So today, I'm sharing the DIY for simple little clay place card holders. They're minimalist, but just festive enough! Check it out below!

Materials Needed:

- air dry clay

- copper spray paint

- a butter knife

- an edge to indent your card slot with (I used one of Bailey's blocks)

Directions:

1. Start making clay cubes by rolling a small ball of clay in your palms, and then slicing off the sides to create flat surfaces in the shape of a cube.

2. Indent your card slot with whatever edge you have, and then smooth out those edges.

3. Let dry over night.

4. Paint copper, and enjoy!

To Make Earrings

 

     Good morning! I've been wanting to make some sort of earring for awhile, so I searched around to get inspired, and ultimately wound up choosing to do a ceramic minimal pair. I always have an abundance of air-dry clay, and I wanted to stay within my minimalistic aesthetic, which is always pretty pared down when it comes to earrings. For day to day, I prefer a basic stud shape, mostly because anything dangly gets tangled in my hair, which doesn't need anymore tangles. With this pair, I wanted some sort of shape to add a little visual interest, and came up with a simple circle design. That's enough context for a pair of earrings I think, now onto the DIY!

Materials:

- old pair of studs with backings, or you can purchase new supplies from craft stores

- air-dry clay

- a shaping tool of some sort

Directions:

Step one - Take two tiny pea-sized piece of clay, and press flat against an even surface using your thumb. Round off the edges with your shaping tool.

Step two - Press your old studs into the clay, and center with the shape.

Step three - Seal your studs onto your design by taking two patch size pieces of clay, fitting to your shape. Press your patch onto the back of your studs, just under the post, and using a little bit of water, seal the seams where your design and patch meet.

Step four - Let dry overnight. Paint if you want, and enjoy!

     Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

To Make a Necklace, Pt. 2

 

      Good morning! Just wanted to share an easy little DIY for creating your own clay bead necklace! These always turn out super cute and are simple enough to get kids involved, if you're looking for fun crafts to do with them for the summer. Bailey ended up liking the end result, and has been known to steal this from me on occasion. She definitely looks cuter than me wearing it though, as per usual. Get the how-to below!

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Materials Needed:

- air-dry clay

- string or cord

- acrylic paint

- something to poke holes in your clay with. I used an old paint brush, but a pen or pencil, or anything of similar width will do.

Directions:

Step one - Roll out 4 hazelnut size balls of clay, and poke a hole through the center with your "stylo", or what have you.

Step two - Let the clay dry overnight, and then paint whatever design or pattern you like! I did small and quick little brush strokes, but your could do shapes, solid individual colors, stripes, etc.

Step three - Let paint dry and start wearing to your hearts desire!

To Make a Wall Hanging, Pt. 2

 

       Good morning! Today, I'm sharing this fun little DIY I made for Bailey's room. It's inspired by the shapes of children's blocks, and with a small size and an all white and light color way, it's minimal and beautiful! Get the how-to below!

Materials Needed:

- a foot long dowel rod

- air-dry clay

- rope or twine

- a pencil

- white acrylic paint and a brush

Directions:

Step one - Shape four small palm sized clay balls into spheres and rectangles. Punch a hole using your pencil and let dry overnight.

Step two - Once dry, paint white and let dry again.

Step three - Cut four 18 inch long pieces of your rope or twine, and string your beads with staggered spacing. To secure them on the rope, tie a knot on each side of the bead and they will stay in their spot (see below).

Step four - Go ahead and attach all four strings to your rod using double knots, and space how you like. Then attach a foot long piece of your rope or twine to the dowel rod to hang. Enjoy!

To Make Bookends, Pt. 2

 

     Hi there! So, I'm going to tell you up front that the ledge on the bottom of these "bookends" broke off the second I touched them after they dried. It was sad, but I thought the little child sized hands were still cute painted gold, and would make a fun decorative object for Bailey's room, so I'll go ahead and give you the how-to. Check it out below!

Materials Needed:

- air-dry clay

- rolling pin

- object to cutout hand shape with, I used an old pen

- gold spray paint

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Directions:

Step one - Roll out golf ball sized balls of clay flat with your rolling pin.

Step two - Outline a small hand shape in your clay and remove the excess. Once dry, paint gold and find a cute place for them. Enjoy!

To Make a Votive

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     Hey there! We are in Denver at the moment, but I had to share this cute little DIY! I've been loving the eye trend going on in decor at the moment, and have been looking for a way to incorporate it into our house without looking too "big brother is watching you". This little votive is subtle and simple, two of my favorite adjectives. The only downside to votives is that we are using battery powered tea lights, due to our little munchkins wandering hands. It's just safer, and easier. Get the how-to below! 

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Materials Needed: 

- air dry clay

- a rolling pin

- something to carve your design with, I used an old dried up pen lol

- paint

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Directions:  

Step one - roll out one small ball of clay and one ping pong ball sized.  

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Step two - using a butter knife, slice off the sides of your large piece to form a rectangle, and shape your smaller piece of clay into a flat disc. 

Step three - carve out your eye shape. Start with an almond shape on both ends of the eye. Then leave a circle, attached at the top and bottom of the eye, to form the pupil. Next, mark your eyelashes by making short cures into the clay above the eye.  Attach to your flat disc piece by wrapping your rectangle piece gently around the base, and seal the two ends by rubbing a little water onto the clay where they meet.

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Step four - let dry overnight, and then add your candle and enjoy! 

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To Organize Your Lipstick

 
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     Hi guys! I don't know about you, but I like to keep my make up organized. I don't have a ton, so it's not a huge task, but I do have quite a few lipsticks. I saw this plastic organizer and thought I'd give it shot with some air dry clay! It turned out pretty cute, but I do have a few tips to make the end result even better. First, I'd measure out how wide you need your squares to be. Most of my lipstick fit in my organizer, but a couple don't and it's a little annoying. Second, make sure to seal all edges and places where your clay touches with water. I didn't use enough water on one side and had to glue it back on once it dried! Other than that though, the project went pretty smoothly, and I think a little cup to hold my brushes is next on the horizon for my makeup organization system. Get the how-to for the organizer below!

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Materials:

- air dry clay

- a knife

- a rolling pin

- water

- paint

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Directions:

Step one - Roll out a ball of clay flat, and slice the edges off to create your base for your organizer.

Step two - Roll out another strip of clay to shape into the sides. When attaching to your base, press touching edges together, and run some water over it with your finger to seal.

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Step three - Cut squares out of another flat strip of clay to create your dividers, and attach the same way as the sides. Let dry overnight.

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Step four - Paint your organizer whatever color you'd like and enjoy!

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To Make Bookends

 

     Hey guys! I know what you're thinking, another clay project? Yup! I can't get enough of the stuff! You can make so many things with it and it's so inexpensive. A tub of Crayola Air Dry Clay is only $6 at Hobby Lobby, and lasts for months. The situation with this project is that Brett has a small collection of books (it definitely does not warrant it's own bookcase) and I wanted to display them in a way that wasn't just a pile. I figured minimal bookends were the perfect solution!

     Brett doesn't like anything flashy, and he likes color, but I just didn't see bright orange bookends fitting in with our aesthetic. Simple, white, and angular are the perfect adjectives to describe ideal bookends. Since there are only about 6 books, and all are paperbacks, I didn't feel the need to make these large or weighted. The books just needed to stand up. I kept the edges unfinished because I didn't want them to look too polished. I like the roughness of them, they look more natural. See below for instructions!

Materials:

- air dry clay

- white acrylic paint and brush

- rolling pin

- wire to cut the clay with

Instructions:

Step one - Pull a golf ball sized ball of clay out of the tub and roll it flat with your rolling pin.

Step two - Slice the sides of the strip of clay with your wire to create a long rectangle shape.

Step three - Turn the strip on it's side and bend to a 90 degree angle and repeat with a second ball of clay to create a set. Leave these on their side to dry overnight.

Step four - Paint white once dry and you're done! Feel free to add a gloss if you'd like!

To Make Catchall's

 

     Hey readers! A great way to stay organized is by having many vessels to keep all of your stuff in. Catchall dishes are for the random little objects, like coins, bobby pins, and twist ties. They're really for anything that would get lost in a box or that you don't want to put away in plastic bags or things like that. They don't have a lid, so you can immediately see everything in the small dish. I have many of these and place them on trays, by the front door, or on bathroom counters. My favorite one is by the front door though, because it holds my lip balm, moisturizer, and extra hair ties. All of the last touches that I need before running out to work each day.

     Catchall's are very easy to make with my favorite air dry clay! That stuff is great for multiple projects, and I always have a tub on hand. You can also personalize these dishes very easily. Below, I've shown how to customize it with stamps, but also, pictured above, are two that I painted. One, I painted the inside with little brush strokes of my favorite colors. On the other, I painted the bottom a reflective gold that just peeks out. It's so subtle and pretty! It kind of reminds me of the beach or a large shell, for some reason. Anyway, go ahead and make yourself or a friend a few. They're a guaranteed success!

Materials Needed:

- air-dry clay

- a small bowl for molding

- a rolling pin

- acrylic paints, stamps, paint brushes, whatever you are going to decorate your dishes with

Directions:

Step one - Roll out a lump of clay the size of a golf ball flat. Then shape on an upside down bowl to get a round shape.

Step two - Once shaped to your liking, do your stamping now! Let dry overnight and decorate accordingly.