Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A Clay Leaf Bowl Project
Fall wouldn't be Fall without a leaf project (or several).
The best kind of projects are ones that start with a treasure hunt: art class lasts all days in instances like that. The treasure? Leaves.
I also love a good project that can serve as homemade holiday decorations-and these stand up to the challenge.
Sculpey Clay in leaf colors
a sharp knife
First step: gather leaves. Make sure they are still flexible and choose ones that are not terribly big. Maple leaves leave a great impression (ha. Get it? Impression!)
Step 2: Warm Sculpey clay in your hand and roll out to desired thickness. Make sure you use a mat of some sort beccause unbaked clay can stain furniture. The thicker you would like it, the longer it will take to bake and the less flexible the bowl will be. Lay your leaf on top and cut around it with a sharp knife, getting as close to the edge as possible.
Step 3: Using a toothpick, either trace the leaf vein indentations or draw your own onto the clay leaf.
Step 4: Create aluminum foil "donuts" and shape your leaf into a bowl, then place unbaked bowls onto of "donuts" and those, on top of a cookie sheet. Bake according to the package directions.
Step 5: Let cool and admire. If you so choose, you can modpodge them for a shinier affect. Or not. (We didn't.)
These would be fabulous placecards at a Thanksgiving table, how cute would they be each holding an after dinner mint?! Or you can use them to dress up a sad, flowerless table alonside some garden grown orbs of orange.