DIY Textured Vase

At first glance, I thought this vase was store-bought. I mean, didn’t you? It looks as if it was crafted professionally somewhere with the use of fancy machines and expensive equipment. But no! This lovely DIY Textured Vase is a handmade creation using clay. And even better, it’s a DIY project easy enough for any beginner to tackle.

DIY Textured Vase

This DIY home decor project is a great way to give life to a new vase. Cover up whatever gross or boring pattern your vase had originally, and replace it with something unique and handmade! Buying something similar from a store can potentially get very expensive, so you might as well try this money-saving DIY option. All of your guests will be so impressed when you reveal that you made this vase yourself!

Love it yet? Find Instructions at Homey Oh My!

Let us know—what are your favorite ways to craft with clay?

The Medium (If Not the Man) of My Dreams: Polymer Clay Tutorials, Polymer Clay Jewelry, and More

Let me be clear: I’m no Demi Moore, and I’ve never thrown a pot in my life. Still, whenever I craft with clay, a little piece of me can’t help but wish that Patrick Swayze will come through my front door, anxious to give me a few pointers. Alas, my schoolgirl fantasy will never be realized, but I can still work with clay!

Angel of Crafting

Polymer Clay Figures

Clay is a great medium for making figurines, because there are so many color options. There’s no limit to what you can create with clay. Plus, polymer clay figures are as durable as they are adorable. One of the cutest polymer clay projects on FaveCrafts is the Angel of Crafting.

This winged guardian is made out of odds and ends you can find around your home, such as screws and steel wool. Whenever you feel uninspired, the Angel of Crafting reminds you that you’re creative enough to make something out of nothing.

 

Here are some more examples of the clay projects that await you on FaveCrafts:

Peas in a Pod
Adorable Clay Pig
Fun Giraffe

Clay Tutorials for the HomePretty Petal Kitchen Caddy

I have a tendency to lose track of my cooking supplies right when I’m in the middle of making soup. You can upcycle an old vase into a utensil organizer with the Pretty Petal Kitchen Caddy. Learn how to use polymer clay cut outs to create a floral or fish scale design. This project sticks to plain white, but you can add vibrancy to this craft by using different colors of clay.

There are tons of options when it comes to clay home decor. Check these out, too:

Clay Cupcake Boxes
Beautiful Accented Votive Holder
Clay Jewelry Dish 

Glitter Clay BeadsPolymer Clay Jewelry

If you’re looking to glam up your jewelry collection, try some of these polymer clay ideas. These polymer clay jewelry projects are simple, inexpensive, and fun. You can learn how to make dazzling DIY clay beads to use on earrings, bracelets, and more. Check out our tutorial on Glitter Clay Beads to learn the secret to keeping glitter from rubbing off on your skin.

Here are a few more examples of the clay jewelry projects you can find on FaveCrafts:

Clay Stacked Stone Necklace
Heart Line Buttons
Clay Butterfly Charm

 

Other Polymer Clay TutorialsFaux Tie Dye Coasters

I’ve only scratched the surface of polymer clay projects in this post. There are tons of polymer clay craft ideas on FaveCrafts that suit your every need. These Faux Tie Dye Coasters are the perfect example.

Tie dye remains popular, especially with children, and it’s not just for fabrics. You can imitate tie dye using practically any material, including (you guessed it) clay. These Faux Tie Dye coasters are polymer clay projects that the whole family can help create. Your kids can lend a hand by blending colors for each coaster. Don’t forget to break out these funky coasters at your first summertime bash!

You can also find projects like these on FaveCrafts:

Funky Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handles
Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
Art Deco Purse and Mirror Set

 

24 Polymer Clay Tutorials: Polymer Clay Jewelry, Decor, and More

For even more great ideas on how to use polymer clay, check out our roundup of 24 Polymer Clay Tutorials: Polymer Clay Jewelry, Decor, and More.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pep Up Your Paper Crafting: Polymer Clay Ideas

To celebrate the beginning of another year, make a resolution to master a new crafting technique. For some easy ways to jazz up your paper crafting, check out the polymer clay ideas on AllFreePaperCrafts. No matter what your skill level, you might be surprised to learn how many polymer clay craft ideas are out there. Clay comes in a ton of different colors and styles, so it can be used for almost anything, like borders for homemade cards, frames for photos, embellishments for gifts, and more. Here’s a small sample of polymer clay ideas that I’m especially psyched about this year.

 

Homemade Card Ideas

Polymer clay embellishments make homemade cards pop. The only limit on these 3D accents is your imagination. Geometric shapes, flowers, and animals are just a few examples of polymer clay craft ideas. Take a look at this gorgeous Crinkle Cutter Clay Tile Card. You’ll have fun marbling the clay and cutting out tiles for this handmade card.

Crinkle Cutter Clay Tile Card

 

Polymer Clay Craft Ideas

Clay is a great imitator. Because it comes in so many colors and styles, you can mimic almost any material using clay. Take these Rustic Numbered Tags, for instance. They may look like they’re made out of metal, but they’re really a combination of clay, paper, and Mod Podge. You can also keep those family treasures safe with one of our fun and functional polymer clay projects. Add paper and clay embellishments to this Family Secrets Recipe Box and Cards. It’s the perfect gift for the cook in your family.

Rustic Numbered Tags

 

Mixed Media Art

Don’t let the phrase “mixed media” scare you. After all, you’ve been playing with clay since kindergarten. Channel your inner grade school student with DIY wall décor projects that use paper and clay. House guests will be eager to know which brilliant artist created this Mixed Media Clay Canvas accent piece in your living room.

Mixed Media Clay Canvas

 

Still Not Sold? Enter to Win Free Polymer Clay and Craft Supplies!

Check out our review of the Spectacular Polyform Embellishment Collection, which includes clay, texture wheels, molds, cutters, and much more. Enter our giveaway for the chance to win this fabulous product.

Spectacular Polyform Embellishment Collection

 

When was the last time you crafted with clay?

 

 

 

10 Clay Projects I Love

crafting-with-clay-free-projectsFor as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved crafting with clay.  I love making my own jewelry, creating my own embellishments, and even using clay to create little figurines and toys for my brothers and sisters.  Though it may seem intimidating to look at a block of clay and wonder what you can do with it, there’s really no better way to learn how to craft with clay than to play around with it and have fun!

To help get you started on making your own beautiful clay designs, I’ve gathered up 10 of my favorite Polymer clay tutorials.  From simple jewelry to fun home decor, you won’t believe what you can craft out of a block of clay.

Can’t wait to get your hands dirty?  Well we’re giving away an awesome set of Sculpey Clay, along with the Essential Tool Kit, complete with all the tools you need to help you get started.  Scroll on down for all the info on how to win this fantastic collection!

10 Clay Projects I Love

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Clay Smurf Figurine

Peas in a Pod

Clay Stacked Stone Necklace

Rose Accented Votive Holder

Clay Cupcake Boxes

Funky Polymer Clay Crochet Hooks

Pretty Petal Kitchen Caddy

Angel of Crafting

Clay Pot Farm Animals

Clay Jewelry Dish

BONUS!  Like what you see here?  Find even MORE awesome tutorials by visiting “How to Use Polymer Clay: 21 Polymer Clay Tutorials“!

Patterns in Polymer Book Giveaway from FaveCrafts

If you’re on the hunt for great books about clay, look no further than Patterns in Polymer:  Imprint & Accent Bead Techniques by Julie Picarello.  This great introduction into making polymer clay beads and jewelry is perfect for craft designers who are looking to add some color and texture to their accessory collection…and wouldn’t you know it, it can be yours for FREE!  All you have to do is go to the giveaway page and sign up to win!

The thing I love most about Patterns in Polymer is that it’s a complete lesson in making handmade polymer clay beads, as well as a great guide for mixing colors, conditioning and using clay, and adding texture to your clay using items like screws, nails, and pastry tips.  Your clay pendants and earrings will be taken to a new level with Patterns in Polymer, and you’ll find yourself coming back to the book again and again for inspiration and ideas.

As a lover of polymer clay crafts myself, I use Patterns in Polymer to help me match clay colors when I’m making beads, pottery, and even little figurines.  This book includes a great color chart that easily tells you what colors compliment each other, so if you have trouble mixing and matching like I do, you’ll love the helpful color guides included in this great polymer clay book.

So whether you use clay to make jewelry, beads, or accessories, Patterns in Polymer:  Imprint & Accent Bead Techniques is a great way to get inspired…so be sure to sign up for your chance to win!

How To: Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Need some last minute New Year’s party accessories?  What about a unique pendant to go with that little black dress?

I don’t know about you, but for me the coming year is all about frugality.  I’m embracing my inner DIY Diva and I’m going to finish up those half-completed projects, clean up my craft stash, and challenge myself to try new and exciting techniques (time to take that sewing machine out of storage)!

So as I went through my craft box, I realized that I have a ton of clay from various projects…just sitting there unused and unloved.  So I decided to make some new Polymer clay jewelry.  Turn trash into treasure, right?

Needless to say, I love how these Stamped Clay Pendants came out!  Not only would this very unique handcrafted jewelry be great gifts for friends and family, but I can use them as gift tags, magnets, or even as scrapbook embellishments!  2012 better look out…it’s bound to be a year of DIY madness!

 

Stamped Clay Pendants

Materials:

  • Sculpey clay, at least 2 squares per pendant
  • Clay roller (optional)
  • Wax paper
  • Assorted rubber or plastic stamps
  • X-acto knife
  • Toothpicks (optional)
  • Baking sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • String
  • Beads (optional)

 

Step One:  Condition your clay

In order for the stamp to make its imprint on the clay, and to make the clay soft and workable, you’ll need to condition it.  That simply means warming it up in your hands until it’s ready to work with.  You can also use a clay roller to help you if your hands get tired!

Condition 2 Sculpey clay squares and roll out into a circle shape, about 3” in diameter.  Press your stamp into the clay.  You can work on a table or lay wax paper down, which will allow for easy removal of your clay.

 

Step Two:  Stamping

Here’s my selection of pendants that I’m making.  I used a broken earring to stamp on the blue clay.  You can use anything you’d like!

Once your stamp is on, remove excess clay with a knife or a shape cutter.  To create the word, “sing”, I just used a toothpick.

Remember to create a hole in the top of the pendant to allow for your necklace string!

 

Step Three:  Bake your clay

Bake your pendants on a metal or glass surface according to package directions.  Let cool completely before moving on to step four.

 

Step Four:  Painting and Mod Podge-ing

This is the fun part!  Lay your cool pendants on a paper towel or paper plate and paint over the pendant with regular fabric paint.  Working quickly, wipe off the paint with a damp paper towel.  Some of the paint will stay on the clay, which is what you want.  Try different techniques like rubbing the paint in one direction, dabbing or sponging with the paper towel, or using your painting skills to paint directly on the clay.  It’s totally up to you!  Use like colors for cool shadows and opposite colors for contrast.

Let your pendants dry completely.

Once your pendants are dry, paint on a layer of Mod Podge.  This step is optional, I just like the shine!  Let that dry, too.

 

Step Five:  Nifty Necklaces

When your pendants are dry, string your chain through the hole.  You can add a bead if you’d like…I used beads from a bracelet that snapped a few years ago.

And there you have it!  Easy clay pendants for wearing and sharing!

 

But the fun doesn’t have to stop here!  Clay stamping is addicting and once you start, you won’t be able to stop!  So here are some other projects to try:

I hope you enjoyed this Stamped Clay Pendant tutorial!  Here’s wishing you a very happy and healthy 2012!

What are some of your crafting resolutions for the coming year?  Are you getting organized?  Thinking of learning how to crochet?  I can’t wait to take up sewing again!  If you have any ideas for easy projects, please do share!

Polymer Artists

What is Polymer Clay?

  • Polymer clay is a non-toxic man-made sculpting material which can stay pliable until cured at a relatively low temperature. It is also made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
  • Essentially is like plasticine for artists. Virtually every shape is achieveable using your hands and anything you can get your hands on.
  • Color mixing is very important as if you mix it too much, you may loose the design completely. It’s one of those artistic creations where you need to know where to stop.

What is the attraction to Polymer Clay?

  • Polymer Art is a vision of my own expression.
  • It’s like feeling your brain explode full of knowledge and something so vibrant and up lifting can come to life right in front of you.
  • You can keep fixing and moulding until you get what you want. It’s a forgivable art form before baking it.
  • I have always been a creative person and I think on new ideas and how to put those ideas into a form of art.
  • Once you feel the clay between your hands its like magic. It’s almost as if the clay speaks to you and lets you know what it wants you to do.

Underestimated art form?

  • I’m not sure really what it is, or why some people look at polymer art and never give it a second glance. Is it because it’s handmade? or maybe they don’t really know what it is.
  • Non creative people hear clay and think “Oh that’s easy to do!”. Not keeping in mind all the tools and product I have invested in.
  • Clearly, Polymer clay has the power to push limits and really shock people. The true quest is finding people who appreciate this form of art.

Where do you see Polymer Art?

  • I myself have seen so many pieces of jewelry, wall art and sculptures.
  • The internet is filled with great ideas and techniques to be able to follow along.
  • Some creative ideas, you would have no idea Polymer Clay was used to make something. The artist has pushed the limits and really created a masterpeice.

    Laurie Mueller, Polymer Artist, designed The Crochet Crowd’s badges that people wear at shows.

    Tips

  • The most important thing to remember about working with polymer clay and making your very own Polymer Clay Art, is that all you really need is a piece of clay, your own two hands, and an oven to bake it in.
  • It’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and you can create anything your heart desires.
  • It’s one of the few hobbies where there is not a lot of upfront costs associated to it.
  • Try your hands at Polymer art… it may make you feel like a kid again and you can create stuff like jewelry pieces and much more with your own two hands.

Written by Laurie Mueller – Polymer Artist for Mikey at The Crafting Crowd.

How to make a wind chime: a 4th of July craft for kids

Looking for 4th of July crafts for kids or for yourself?  When I think of 4th of July, I think of a beautiful breezy and warm day. So a stars-and-stripes wind chime seemed like a perfect 4th of July craft for kids. Here’s how it’s made.

Materials:

  • Kid-friendly clay (air dry or salt dough)
  • Star-shape cookie cutter
  • Plastic knife
  • Flat baking sheet
  • Toothpick
  • Rolling pin or piece of PVC pipe to roll out clay
  • Acrylic paints: red, white, blue
  • Paintbrush
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Instructions:

1. If using salt clay, make the clay. Use your fingers, a rolling pin, or a piece of PVC pile to roll out the clay to about 1/4″ thick.

2. Cut a 1-1/2″ x 6″ piece of clay to form the main support of the wind chime. From the remaining clay, cut 3 stars and 4 wavy strips of clay about 3/4″ x 4″.

3. Along the top long edge of the main support, use a toothpick to make a hole about 1/4″ in from each top corner. Evenly space 7 holes along the bottom long edge of the main support. Use a toothpick to put a hole in one point of each star and at the top of each wavy strip.

4. If using air-dry clay, dry clay pieces according to manufacturer’s instructions. If using salt clay, place clay on ungreased baking sheet in a 250 degree oven for about 2 hours, then let the pieces cool completely.

5. Use acrylic paints to paint the stars and wavy stripes as desired. Before the paint dries, make sure to clear any paint out of the hole–the same toothpick can be used for that.

6. Cut pieces of fishing line: two 7″ piece, two 9″ pieces, two 11″ pieces and an 13″ piece. Arrange the clay stars and wavy stripes along the bottom edge of the main support as desired. Starting with the center chime, string the chime on the 13″ piece of fishing line and then thread one end of the fishing line through the center hole on the main support. Knot the ends of the fishing line together. Working out from the center, attach the next two chimes using the 11″ fishing line, the next two with the 9″ pieces of fishing line, and finally, the two end chimes with the 7″ fishing line.

7. Cut an 18″ piece of fishing line. Put one end through the hole in one corner and the other end through the hole in the other corner. Bring the ends together and tie them together with a good overhand knot. Hang the wind chime from this doubled length of fishing line.

For some other 4th of July projects, we’ve got some round-ups that will definitely inspire.
4th of July Crafts for Kids
11 Cute and Easy July 4th Craft Ideas
24 4th of July Decorating Ideas

And though the projects in our new eBook, 4th of July Crafts: Blogger Edition 2010, focuses on more than just kids crafts, there are some great craft projects for kids in there as well.

How to Make a Dough Flower

Making flowers out of craft dough is just like playing with play dough. Except these might last longer and craft dough is easier to work with. Not to mention, the kids can’t play with this one. Make dough flowers in minutes with this easy tutorial that just requires some dough and your two hands. Dough flowers can be used to embellish craft projects like centerpieces and fun decor. Or make them into jewelry like someone did in this great YouTube tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Package of craft dough (found at most craft stores)
  • Your two hands

Steps:

  1. With a ball of dough in your hands, make a skinny snake-like extension by rolling the dough between your fingers.
  2. Flatten the end of the “snake” with your fingers and pull it off to make something that looks like a petal.
  3. Roll the petal inward. This creates the center of your flower.
  4. Do this process again, eliminating step 3, so you have 3 petals to surround your center.
  5. Hug the center with your 3 petals and curve the ends outward so they look like precious petals.

Here is a YouTube video by JustUSGirlz that illustrates this tutorial beautifully.

If you like this project, check out more similar Clay Projects.

Guest Contribution:Joy of Color Clay Projects

Yael Berger recently contributed her adorable clay pot project that uses fun colors in bright paints. Fun for kids and adults alike. She has an interesting story, transitioning from the textile industry into her love for crafting and designing. She has set up an etsy store as her next big venture into the crafting world. Here’s what she has to say:

“‘I’ve knit and drawn for as long as I can remember. I used to paint furniture, really anything I could put my hands on. In my childhood, my mom had a knitting store, so I started knitting when I was about 8 years old. I used to go with her to the yarns supplier – there I developed a love for yarns, colors and texture. From here, the way to the textile world was short. I traveled a lot for work in the textile industry and got to see a meet lots of new places and people. But 2 years ago I felt I was not being as creative as I could be, I was less happy with travelling, so I knew it was the time to do some changes in my life. I left the comfort and security of a big international company and took the time to think. What do I want to be when I grow up (at age 50)? The answer was getting back to the paint & brushes, to hand knitting and creating one-of-a-kind pieces. As friends saw my work they encouraged me to start selling and recommended etsy as a good place to sell handmade. It’s only the beginning and I am learning new things every day!”

Thanks Yael for your contribution and we’re glad you’re following your passions!

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