As Autumn Winds Down

Depending on where you live, if you don’t have a lot of wind in autumn, you may still have some leaves on your trees. In Northern California where I am, there are still trees laden with golden leaves. However, if your leaves are all gone but you’re still in a fall mood, why not make some fall leaves and decorate with them? I designed this fun fall-themed photo holder as a way to bring all the color of fall inside where it is warm and cozy.

This is an easy fall craft project to make. I used unfinished wooden photo holders and AMACO Cloud Clay for the leaves. Cloud Clay is an air-dry clay so it’s easy to use for kids and adults and it can take quite a bit of detail as you can see in my Gingko leaves. If you don’t have a leaf mold in your stash, you can cut leaf shapes from Cloud Clay using regular scissors once it has dried a bit or you can use a cookie cutter. Cloud Clay colors can be mixed so you can get the colors of your choice – it’s a great medium to use for a range of fun crafts.

Here’s how to make this Fall photo stand :

materials

  • DecoArt Finish It Jumbo Paper Clip Photo Holders
  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Orange, White

tools

  • Acrylic roller (optional)
  • Leaf mold or leaf shape cookie cutter (optional)
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint: terra cotta, white
  • Glaze medium
  • White craft glue

basic supplies

scissors, paper towel, paintbrush

directions

Step 1

Paint the photo holders with a coat of gesso and set aside till dry.

Step 2

Paint the photo holders with two coats of terra cotta paint and set aside to dry.

Step 3

Make the leaves by mixing some Orange and White clay to get the color you want. I went for a golden color which matches the colors of the Gingko leaves. Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable. Pinch off enough Cloud Clay to fill your mold and then press the Cloud Clay into the mold to fill it. Release the Cloud Clay from the mold and set it aside to dry. You will need one leaf for each side of each photo holder.If you’re not using a mold, roll the clay to make a 3/8″ sheet and cut your leaf shapes from it using a cookie cutter. Alternately, wait until the clay is dry to the touch and cut leaf shapes from it using sharp scissors.

Step 4

Mix the white paint into some glaze medium and paint the photo holder with the white glaze. Immediately wipe the paint off with a paper towel.

Step 5

When the glaze layer is dry and your Gingko leaves are dry, adhere to the photo holders using Elmer’s white glue.

Step 6

Print some favorite fall photos and place in the photo holders. Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy your personalized photo holder, perhaps contemplating other fun crafts to make this holiday season.

Check back over the next few days as we share more fun crafts for you to make and enjoy.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Clay Snow Angel Ornament

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Sitting atop an ice cube, this little snow angel is trying to keep its cool! This ornament would make the perfect gift for that someone special!

Materials

  • Clear acrylic cube, 1” square
  • Oven-bake polymer clay: white, orange
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Black seed beads, two
  • Ribbon: gold, 1⁄4” wide, 6” length; iridescent, 3⁄4” wide, 8” length
  • Gold craft wire, 20-gauge, 4” length

Tools

  • Textured snow paint
  • Spray matte sealer
  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or rolling pin
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Clay needle tool or toothpick
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay.

STEP 2

For body, roll a 1” ball from White; press into pear shape and press onto cube.

STEP 3

For legs, roll two 1-1⁄2”-long, 11⁄16”-diameter tapered logs from White. Shape wide ends into feet and press narrow ends against body at base so feet rest at sides of cube. Use toothpick or clay needle tool to press snowflake design in bottom of each foot.

STEP 4

For arms, roll two 9⁄16” White tapered logs. Gently flatten wide ends to 1⁄4” thickness. Pinch and pull gently on one side of each to shape thumbs. Press narrow ends against body at shoulders; arrange hands on cube.

STEP 5

For head, roll 7⁄8” White ball; press to body. Use clay needle tool or toothpick to position beads sideways into face for eyes. Draw, and gently press, smile below eyes, pinching slightly at center for open mouth; indent smile ends. Roll 1⁄8” orange ball for nose; press to face. Apply chalk or blush to cheeks.

STEP 6

For halo, twist wire to form small loop at end. Bend loop forward and insert halo into head. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake snow angel; let cool.

STEP 7

Cover cube with masking tape. Spray snow angel with sealer. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter; remove tape. Apply snow paint to halo. Tie gold ribbon into bow around neck. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to back for wings.

by Shelly Comiskey

Happy Hanukkah Card

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Send holiday wishes with dimensional dreidels created with Sculpey clay. Stamping on polymer clay is easy and you can create embellishments in any color you choose.

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Denim, White
  • Cardstock: light blue, dark blue
  • Coordinating patterned papers, two
  • Light blue ribbon, 1/8” wide

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile
  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Happy Hanukkah Stamp, Northwoods Rubber Stamps Happy Hanukkah Sentiment
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: VersaMagic Night Sky Chalk, StazOn Jet Black
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife

Directions

Size:

5”x4-1/4”

Card

(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275° F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275° F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. Mix 1/8 package of Denim and White clay to get Light Blue. Adjust proportions until desired color is achieved.

4. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #3 setting, roll light blue clay into sheet. Place sheet on ceramic tile.

5. Stamp black dreidel image five times onto clay sheet. Using craft knife, trim around dreidels. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool and set aside.

6. Make 5”x4-1/4” dark blue top-fold card. Cut 4-3/4”x4” dark blue patterned panel. Wrap ribbon around panel, 1” from bottom; adhere ends at back. Adhere panel to card front.

7. Stamp black “Happy Hanukkah” on light blue cardstock; trim and ink edges blue. Cut slightly larger light blue patterned panel; ink edges blue. Mat sentiment on patterned panel; adhere to upper right corner of card.

8. Use quick-dry adhesive to adhere dreidels over ribbon. Let dry.

Tip

Make extra dreidels and use them to adorn blue frames. What a great way to display your Hanukkah photos!

by Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com/)

Christmas Tree Card

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Make someone’s holiday merry and bright with this stunning handcrafted Christmas Tree Card made with Polyform Sculpey Clay.

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Accents Clay: Red Glitter, Blue Pearl, Bright Green Pearl
  • Blank white card and envelope, 5”x7”
  • Unlined index card, 5”x7”
  • Cardstock: red, gold, blue
  • Coordinating striped paper
  • “Oh Christmas Tree” sticker or rub-on
  • Small rhinestone star

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Tools: Clay Conditioning Machine, 5-in-1 Tool Kit, Texture Maker Swirls
  • Oven and baking sheet
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, water spray bottle, paper towel

Christmas Tree Closeup

Directions

(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275° F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed the above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Preheat oven to 275° F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. With Clay Conditioning Machine on setting #3, roll green clay into sheet. Place clay onto index card. Spritz raised side of Texture Maker plate with water and press onto clay. Blot excess water from clay with paper towel.

4. Download and print pattern. Place tree pattern onto textured clay and cut out using knife from 5-in-1 Tool.

5. Roll tiny balls of blue and red clays for Christmas ornaments and press onto tree. Bake as directed above. Let cool completely.

6. Cut 7”x5” striped paper panel; adhere to card front.

7. Cut 4-1/2”x4” red, 4”x3-1/2” gold, and 3-1/2”x3” blue cardstock panels. Layer and adhere panels to card front as shown.

8. Apply sentiment sticker or rub-on to bottom of blue cardstock. Adhere clay tree above sentiment. Adhere rhinestone star to top of tree. Let dry several hours or overnight before mailing

Tip

This card requires post office to hand stamp and may also require extra postage to mail.

by Sandy Rollinger for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)

Lace Cane Beaded Earrings

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Bring new life to your wardrobe by accenting with these beautiful lace cane earrings you can create to match any attire.

Materials (for one pair)

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Polymer Clay, 2 oz. bars: White, Transluscent, color of choice
  • Sterling silver wire, 3″ length
  • Sterling silver earring findings, two
  • Sterling silver beads, 3mm, two

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Super Slicer Clay Blade
  • Clay-dedicated: pasta machine or acrylic brayer, baking sheet, oven thermometer
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Oven
  • Cyanoacrylate (super) glue

Basic Supplies

index card or light-colored cardstock scrap

Directions

Note

View all figure art on Lace Cane Figure Art Worksheet.

Earrings

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. For base bead, roll two 1⁄2″ colored clay balls and shape into soft cubes (Fig.1).

2. Roll 1⁄2 bar Translucent into 3⁄4″-wide, 3″ long cylinder. Use thickest pasta machine setting to roll 1⁄2 bar White into 2″x3″ sheet. Trim 3″ end. Wrap sheet around cylinder and trim, butting White ends together (Fig.2). Gently roll cylinder with both hands, pressing lightly and “reducing” cane in diameter as it lengthens. Slowly roll, keeping cane evenly reduced along its length. When cane measures 12″, trim off ends (Fig.3), then cut into thirds (Fig.4). Stack three canes together (Fig.5) and compress into one round cane from middle toward ends, squeezing out air pockets (Fig.6). Roll into 12″ length and trim off ends; cut into thirds and compress together three more times (Fig.7). Press cane end into soft square shape to same size as base beads (Fig.8).

3. Cut tissue-thin slices from lace cane end and layer them on each side of cube-shaped base bead (Fig.9). Stretch ends of lace cane slices toward each edge of cube until they meet. When entire base bead is covered, carefully trim off thick sections; base bead should be evenly covered with lace cane slices, letting some base bead color show through. Roll beads into round shape (Fig.10).

4. Cut wire in half. Use pliers to bend zigzag in one end of each (Fig.11). Press zigzag end into bead, slightly pinching to embed wire (Fig.12).

5. Fold index card into zigzag shape; place on baking tray. Place round beads in valleys of card to prevent flat spots. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay beads. Remove from oven and immediately plunge beads into cold water to increase translucency.

6. Pull on wire to ensure it is firmly embedded in bead; if not, apply drop of cyanoacrylate glue to wire and insert into bead hole. Thread silver bead onto wire. Bend wire at 90° angle to bead hole, and use round-nose pliers to make loop. Trim excess wire and add earring finding (Fig.13).

Tips

  • Use mini cookie cutter to cut shapes from clay sheet for same-sized base beads.
  • Use brighter or darker colors for base bead since Transluscent overlay softens color underneath.

by Jenny Bezingue

 

 

Cupcake Recipe Holder

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Keep your recipe easily accessible when making your favorite dish with this adorable cupcake recipe holder.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey III: Ultralight, Chocolate (053), colors of choice (sprinkles)
  • Silicone baking cup
  • Metal coil ring

Tools

  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin or wooden dowel
  • Old or promo credit card (for cutter)
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

Directions

Size

5″ tall

Note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

Cupcake

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. Roll Chocolate clay into extra-large ball. Press ball in silicone baking cup. Slightly flatten top.

3. For icing, roll Ultralight clay into long and thick log. Wrap log around top of cupcake.

4. Carefully press metal ring (to hold recipe) in top of icing.

5. From scrap clay, roll tiny different-color squares (sprinkles). Press sprinkles on top of icing.

6. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake recipe holder on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool completely.

by Karen Prince