Craft Trend #19: Clay Makes

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We’re totally in love with air dry and polymer clay and it seem the rest of the craft world is too at the moment with loads of amaaaaaaazing clay trends popping up all over the internet. We’ve put together our favourite DIYs for you to try this weekend. It was hard to just pick 6! Thse are our favourites from our and other blogs:

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Geometric Clay Jewellery

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I love a bit of air dry clay, as you might have noticed if you’re a regular visitor (if so, sorry to be doing yet another clay project. I’m just obsessed with the stuff!) and if you don’t have access to a kiln air dry clay is almost as good as the real thing. It’s obviously not as tough or water proof, but with a good lick of varnish it can pass for a real piece of clay. So I thought I’d make some simple geometric pieces, and I love how they turned out. What I did NOT love were the pictures of me that me and Laura took to show the jewellery. I realised looking at the pics that I’m suddenly old and wrinkly with a saggy chin.  No amount of photoshopping can fix that!

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Mini Makers: Clay Plant Pots

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We ❤ air dry clay. But it’s only recently that our kids are starting to enjoy the stuff too (previous attempts haven’t always ended well with our kids either eating the clay or mushing it into their hair). Once you’re out of the toddler zone air dry clay is a fantastic medium for them to play around with – easy to mould, inexpensive, paintable and felt tip pen-able! Hobbycraft asked us to come up with an easy craft for kids using clay, so we decided to make these teeny plant pots, which are ridiculously easy to make with the help of a loo roll tube!

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Mini Makers: Clay Heart BFF Necklaces

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Show your Bestie some love with these clay necklaces. They’re easy to make with kids and can be decorated with paint like ours – or you can also use felt tip pens or even stickers on the clay.

For our full tutorial on how to make them, head over to the Hobbycraft website.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

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Clay Pineapple Jewellery Dish

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So I have this friend, Angela, who is brilliant and bonkers in equal measures, and one of the only people who can really make me belly laugh, like truly belly laugh. We met at university and bonded over Sweet Valley High books, the word “dude” and Busta Rhymes, and have been firm friends ever since. Anyway, she recently moved into her own pad so I wanted to make her a moving-in present. She’s a fan of pineapples, so much so she even used to take them to parties… just because. I’ve seen these gold pineapples on the High Street (they are everywhere!), so I decided to make my own version using air dry clay. This was simple to make and hopefully will add a touch of a glitz to Angela’s new abode.

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DIY Teacher’s Gift: Apple Key Dish

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As it’s nearly the summer holidays our lovely friends at Cath Kinston asked us to come up with a handmade teacher’s gift. So we thought what better way to say thank you to teachers for all their hard work than with an apple… key dish! This is made from air dry clay and then painted and is easy enough for school children to do. For the full tutorial on how to make the dish head over to the Cath Kidston blog.

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Mini Makers: Air Dry Clay Bugs

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Our latest kids craft project is up over on the Hobbycraft Blog. These cute bugs are made using air dry clay and are easy enough for little ones to make with a bit of help. For the full tutorial on making these creatures crawl your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog.

~ Tia & Laura xx ~

Our Ice Cream Magnets in Mollie Makes!

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We have to share with you our very exciting news!! We are in this month’s copy of Mollie Makes – our absolute favourite craft magazine. And it makes us VERY excited. We have been reading the magazine every month since it started and to be featured in it is something we have hoped for since we began our blog 3 years ago. So we’re happy right now!

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Kids Activity: Father’s Day Cards

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There’s still time for your little ones to show how much your they love their dads with a homemade Father’s Day card. These four quick cards are all really easy for children to make with a few basic craft supplies. Visit Hobbycraft for the full tutorial, where you can also find our tutorial to make a clay tablet stand for the gadget-loving dad (homemade card AND present?! Lucky daddy!).

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Kids Project: Button Mosaic Turtle

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This little fella would be very happily hang in a little one’s bedroom. He’s super easy to make with the help of some air dry clay and a handful of coloured buttons. Hop over to Hobbycraft to see our blog post on how to make him. Complete with template and video tutorial!

 

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Air Dry Clay Toy Biscuits

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Amelie loves popping foods into her toy cooker and ‘baking’ them, so I thought I’d make her some biscuits from air dry clay. These cute little yummies turned out really well (apart from the Oreo… that one was a bit dodgy) and I think they were my favourite thing I’ve made for her so far! Except that I wanted to eat biscuits the entire time I was making them. Read on to learn how to make your own.

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Make Your Own Cloud Clay Mobile

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Inspired by this tutorial on www.creaturecomfortsblog.com (which in itself is a really adorable blog), and given my current fetish with all things made of clay, I decided to have a go at making a little air-dry clay mobile of my own for my little one’s bedroom. I recently put some sticky stars on her ceiling and she loves to stare at them from her cot (“oooooh, DAR!”) so I thought I could do with a bit more ceiling decoration. So here’s how I did it…

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DIY Clay Ring

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago about a DIY crayon ring, I’ve been wanting to wanting to make some air-dry clay jewellery for ages now. So I decided to try making something that combined clay and thread, using the thread to stitch a pattern on the ring. I am actually very happy with how it turned out and it was very easy too! Read on for how to make your own…

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Some Little Fat Robin Christmas Decorations

I’m having a bit of an air-dry clay obsession at the moment, and this week I made some little Christmas decorations for my tree. They didn’t come out exactly as I planned them in my head… but I thought I’d share anyway as the quirky homemade decorations are always nicer than the bought ones. Right?!

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I Built a Little House

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As the shops constantly remind us, Christmas is just round the corner! Jingaling! Okay so I DO love getting that Christmassy feeling… but I don’t like getting it in October, so that by December I’m a bit bored of it. But maybe that’s just me!

On the plus side, the good thing is that festive reminders give us crafty and organised folk (I’m not the latter, although I try to be every year!) a chance to get creative on our Christmas presents. This year, I thought I might dig out the air dry clay and make some little pottery gifts. I thought a candle holder would be nice so I decided to make one shaped like a little house – I saw one in Butlers a few weeks back and it looked like it could be quite simple to emulate. It only few hours to make, with some overnight drying time. Here’s the finish (prototype!) house:

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