By General Craft Contributor Michelle
Make a cute, and whimsical home for your air plants.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- DAS Air-Hardening Clay 1.1 lb. White
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz Royal Navy
- White Acylic Craft Paint
- Black Acrylic Craft Paint
- Plaid Tools FolkArt Brush Set Artist Variety 10 pc.
- Krylon Clear Varnish Coating 11 oz. Satin
To begin, grab a chunk of clay that’s a little bigger than a golfball.
Poke a hole in the middle of the ball with your finger, and then use your fingers to pinch the edges to form a small, bowl-like shape.
Pinch the ends to create a boat-like shape.
Smooth, and even-out the edges of your whale’s body. Make sure you make the “bowl” part deep, and wide enough to hold your air plant in place.
Make a small “v” of clay to create the back fin for your whale.
Attach the tail to one end of the planter, and smooth to secure.
Use a little water on your fingers to smooth out the surface of your planter when you’re happy with how it’s built.
Prop the tail up on something to hold it in place while it dries. Let the whale dry. I let mine dry 2 days, flipping it over half-way to make sure that it dried evenly.
Give your whale a coat of white paint. Let dry.
Paint the whale with the navy paint, leaving the belly, and chin of the whale white. Let dry.
Use a small, round brush to add stripes on the belly.
Using a tiny brush, give your whale a tiny black eye. Let it dry, and add a tiny white highlight.
Add some white “barnacle” circles to the edge of the tail.
Let the paint get completely dry, then give the whale a couple coats of clear coat–follow the directions on the can. Once dry, pop your little air plant into it’s new home, and enjoy!