Plant Impression Bowls

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Get out into nature and collect some beautiful specimens to create these easy and beautiful little bowls–this is a fun project for both kids and adults alike.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

First thing, head out to nature and collect some pretty plant specimens to use for your project.

Next, take a chunk of your clay, and roll it out to a thickness of about 3/8-inch to 1/4-inch.

You can’t roll your clay out too thinly initially, because you need some thickness to make a nice plant impression without the clay getting too thin as you press.

Next, choose a leaf or leaves, and lay them onto your clay.

Then, using your rolling pin, gently roll across the top of your leaf to press it into the clay.

Carefully peel the leaves out of the clay to leave an impression.  You may have to use the tip of a knife, or a toothpick to help you start peeling up the edge.

Using your circle cutters, cut around the leaf prints.

Peel the excess clay from around the edges of the cutter. Place your clay circle into a small bowl to, and press down gently on the clay circle to form a shallow  bowl shape.  Let dry.

Gently pop your clay bowls from their molds.  Give each bowl a coat of white acrylic paint to seal.  Let dry.

Mix a little water with a squirt of gold acrylic so it is about the consistency of heavy cream. Brush the thinned paint over the plant impression, being sure to get it into all the nooks and crannies.

With a damp paper towel, lightly wipe the excess gold paint from the surface of the bowl, leaving you with a gold colored impression of your plant.  Let dry.

Add a stripe of gold around the brim, if you desire.

For a more natural look, instead of giving your bowl a symmetrical edge with the circle cutter, roll your clay into a rough circle shape initially, make the plant impression, and then just leave the edges rough.

Use your pretty little bowls to hold jewelry, coins, or other small objects.  A little stack of these would also make a beautiful gift for someone special.

Happy crafting!

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