Updated: Oct 4
There is something so lovely about being able to capture the beauty of nature in craft which lasts a lifetime. We have been using a lot of air drying clay lately to make a chess set (Ill save that for another post) so I thought we could use some to make some lovely clay caring ornaments. They are fun and so simple to do with even the littlest of children, an extra hand, thumbprint, creamer etc all add to the memories of the piece which is made.
What you will need
Air drying clay, I chose white instead of natural as I knew we wanted to paint them and the colour would show up better.
Flowers, leaves, seed pods, ANYTHING from nature , have fun, you can always knead it back together and start again if something does not work.
A rolling pin
A place for the clay to dry.
Watercolour paints (optional)
Simply roll out your clay to around 1/2cm thick, gently place your flowers/ natural treasures where you would like them and then use a rolling pin to slowly roll them into the clay, gently peel the flowers and stems away. A longer rolling pin which covers the whole piece of clay works best as you risk rolling over ad losing the detail on some of the other areas if its smaller.
You can use cookie cutters to make lovely shapes, why not use a gingerbread man and make some floral fairies like we did, or simple circles for ornaments for hanging. Dont forget to poke a hole in the ornament with a chopstick so you can thread ribbon or string through for hanging.
Finally add some watercolour! We tried painting the colours of the flowers and making a mural (which we are going to frame) and single colours, the single colours look so striking and beautiful especially where the colour has sank into the patterns!
Such a lovely craft for all time of year!