November 15, 2013jennifercloseAuthor: jenniferName: Site: About: Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home.See Authors Posts (14)Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, Home Decor, Seasons, WinterNo Comments
The holidays are all about adding that special touch and letting the ones you care about know how much you care for them. These gift tag embellishments that can be used as ornaments will help jazz up any card or gift.
I started rolling out my clay but it was hard keeping it smooth and achieving the thin roll I had envisioned. There had to be an easier way! So I borrowed my toddler’s play dough tool.
Then I shaped my strands into words like “joy” and “noel” and created some fun holiday shapes like a star and candy cane. I let them dry overnight then flipped them over so the other side could dry equally well.
They received a coat of gold spray paint on both sides. After drying, I tied some red ribbon to each embellishment. Here they are on a gift bag and a mini tree.
July 19, 2013Mable CraftsalotcloseAuthor: Mable CraftsalotName: Mable Craftsalot Site:http://www.Facebook.com/CreateForLess About: The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!See Authors Posts (157)Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Techniques and MediumsNo Comments
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebookto socialize and share with other crafters!
If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.
Clay is a great way to preserve a child’s art and make it functional. Clay creations like pots, bowls, and more can be preserved and used throughout the years. Clay can be molded in to whatever your child dreams up, and it can last a long time. Be creative with your clay to create even more fun objects like the above seed bombs. They’re a messy way to learn about seeds becoming flowers and teach what helps them grow. Here are some more of our favorite clay crafts.
Adding small trinkets to your clay bowls is a fun way to include color and make everything more personal. I love the texture it creates. There are lots of great ideas for what to include if you click through to Laugh Paint Create!
April 10, 2013GilliancloseAuthor: GillianName: Gillian Grimm Site:http://driedfigsandwoodenspools.blogspot.com/ About: Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.See Authors Posts (212)Craft Trends, Techniques and MediumsNo Comments
This may be aging myself, but I went to college right at the beginning of the Fimo/modeling clay craze. Everywhere you looked someone was making something out of that stuff. Layered beads, talismans, disk pendants, key chains. It was hot. And I’ve always lied it, probably in part because it reminds me of those days. But also because of it’s infinite uses and applications. Lately I’ve been really digging textured clay. I love the idea of cutting buttons or beads or little pieces of pottery out of clay that has been stamped or rolled into interesting textures. And the best part is that you need very little by way of special equipment to carry it out. Roll a pinecone over the surface or press leaves or flowers into freshly rolled clay, anything with texture is fair game! Need some more ideas? Check out these projects we’ve rounded up!
These bowls and plates are simply stunning. I can hardly get over how beautiful they are. I’d love to make a collection of little bowls for my hose similar to these, using items for nature to do my stamping and then forming simple shapes for jewelry dishes or catch-alls. Beautiful!
I know that Easter is long gone but I’m still loving these egg ornaments! They would make such a fun spring project to do with the little ones and you could use forks and knives or simple stamps to emboss them before baking and painting them. Can’t you just imagine a tree outside decorated with them for spring?
These magnets’ bright candy colors and deep embossing attracted me from the moment I saw them. You could make them for different family members and use initialed magnets to display special notes and artwork on your fridge. I think they would also be fun as buttons (you could poke holes in them or add a shank to the back before the clay dries). Colorful, cute and functional! I love it!
Have you done any embossed or textured clay projects lately? Send us a photo and we’ll add it to our pinboard! Find these and lots of other project ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard!
July 18, 2012Peg RcloseAuthor: Peg RName: Peg Rounds Site:http://www.pegscraftingcorner.blogspot.com/ About: Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today!See Authors Posts (133)Cardmaking, Craft Trends, Crafts, Holidays, Paper CraftsNo Comments
Clay is often an overlooked medium when it comes to creating handmade embellishments. Using it can be a fun way to create something that pulls out the elements of the paper you have chosen and turns it into a three dimensional embellishment and it’s easy to do.
Place the clay in an embossing folder that matches the design in the patterned paper you have chosen for you project and lightly press down just enough to push the design into the clay. I used the Paisley Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to match the paisley paper from the K & Co. Best of Brenda Walton Paper Pad. Remove it from the folder and cut it into the shape you want using either a craft knife or clay cutters. Allow your new embellishment to air dry until hardened. As it dries it may curl or warp so to prevent this lightly push it flat every so often until it has dried.
Using the Tutti Frutti and Pool Party Colorbox Queue Ink Pads I rubbed them across the top and sides of the clay to add matching colors from the paper to the clay embellishment.
Create the card base by cutting a piece of pink cardstock to 10″ wide x 7″ long and fold in half. Punch the scallop with the EK Open Scallop Border Punch and place a piece of blue cardstock using a tape runner on the inside of the card that measure 5″ wide by 7″ long to make the scallop stand out. Also, cut a piece of the patterned paper (the paisley paper on my card) to measure 4″ wide by 6″ long and adhere it to the card base using the tape runner.
Using a generous amount of strong glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue, adhere the clay embellishment to the card and allow to dry completely.
July 16, 2011Mable CraftsalotcloseAuthor: Mable CraftsalotName: Mable Craftsalot Site:http://www.Facebook.com/CreateForLess About: The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!See Authors Posts (157)Craft Trends, Crafts, Jewelry Making, Techniques and Mediums1 Comment
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebookto socialize and share with other crafters!
Playing with clay was one of my favorite activities as a kid. I could make a dinosaur, dog, palm tree, whatever my little heart desired. Now as an adult I have a little more dexterity, and I want to work with polymer clay. I love the intricate details you can add with polymer clay.
Since I was trying a new skill, I went to YouTube to find some video instructions. I started with polymer clay bead tutorials because I love beads! I wanted to learn some basic techniques for rolling, cutting and adding details to the beads.
This first video shows how to mix and roll clay to make marbleized clay beads.
I need to get a clay pasta machine! This video shows how to shape, add embellishment and add the beading hole to your clay.
February 14, 2011GilliancloseAuthor: GillianName: Gillian Grimm Site:http://driedfigsandwoodenspools.blogspot.com/ About: Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.See Authors Posts (212)Crafts, Holidays, Techniques and Mediums, Valentine's Day1 Comment
If you look around your house, chances are there’s something around that has an interesting print or pattern just waiting to be used to add texture to a clay project like this. These little hearts are a great way to pass on some Valentines love to those around you or just add a little February cheer to your house. While you can use small cookie cutters, free hand cutting makes these hearts a little more fun and funky.
1. Work your clay until it is soft and pliable and then press into a long flat oval. You can roll out with a rolling pin but just flattening with your hands works just as well.
2. Laying the clay flat on a work surface and roll or press your textured object across it to create a print on the clay. Here we used the top part of a vase but the soles of shoes, bottom of baskets or even buttons and beads can make an interesting pattern for your hearts. Using your skewer, pierce a hole in the center top part of the heart.
3. Cut out roughly 1 inch by 1 inch hearts. Bake according to the package directions.
4. Once the hearts are cooled, spray with a thin coat of clear gloss and allow it to dry.
5. Thread each heart onto a length of ribbon and tie, trimming the ends to the length you desire.
Air dry clay is often thought of as a child’s art and craft supply, but it’s so much more than that! If you enjoy polymer clay, you’ll also enjoy paper clay. You don’t have to bake this type of clay as it air dries.
Paper clay (also called air-dry clay): This clay air-dries, no need to heat or bake.
Rolling pin: To evenly flatten clay if necessary for your project.
Wax or freezer paper
Rubberstamps, clay tools, molds or texture sheets: To make patterns or images into the clay.
Craft knife, NuBladeTM, tissue blade (or other thin cutting tool).
Step by Step
1. Wash your hands thoroughly and make sure your work surface is clean. Clay picks up every dust or particle on the work surface and your hands.
2. Roll clay out to about ¼” thickness or thickness desired. Stamp an image into the clay with a rubberstamp or press clay into any type of mold and remove. Trim with cutting tool if needed. You can also hand form or sculpt the clay.
3. Place on wax paper to dry, turning every few hours for even drying. To avoid curling you might want to weigh down the clay after a few hours of drying.
4. You can also use this clay to sculpt. It easily can be colored, painted, inked, chalked, glittered, and otherwise embellished.
Using an air dry clay, Helen Bradley created this watch for Jewlery Creations #2 Magazine (CK Media) using a clay from AMACO.
Clay adheres to most surfaces with a dab or two of glue.
You can cut this clay while still wet or when it has dried.
Use a wet fingertip to smooth rough edges while clay is still wet.
Use a fine sanding paper or emery board to smooth clay edges once clay has dried.
You can paint, ink, or chalk a dry piece of paper clay.
You can add paint, ink, or chalk to wet clay to color it!
Make an embellishment for the front of a scrapbook, diary or journal.
Another wonderful way to use your rubberstamps. You can make buttons to coordinate your designs and projects.
Store unused clay in an airtight container like a zip-lock plastic bag. You can’t add water to clay to restore, once it dries out, it’s not re-useable!
There are wonderful cutting, shaping, and design tools on the market for clays, but don’t forget that toothpicks, paper clips, cookie cutters, and pencils are handy tools too.