Welcome back to another Create and Share Challenge! What better way to kick off my “coming back to blogging” than by a great challenge post? I took a pretty long, much-needed, break from the blogging world. I needed to just focus on life at home over the last two months. But now that I’ve stretched my writing fingers, and got my creative juices flowing again… It feels good! I’m happy to be back! This project had its challenges, but it was perfect to start off with!
As many of you know I have been participating in the Create and Share Challenges for some time now. Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living has passed the torch of Hostess along to myself and Cat from Pocketful of Posies! I’m excited to be a part of this challenge more than in the past because it really is a great way to continually come up with some unique ideas. Some of my best posts came from this challenge! I also enjoy getting the chance to work closely with some of my bloggy friends and what an honor it is! They are all so creative and really so talented!
This month’s challenge was to use Air Dry Clay and try to create something unique. And a challenge it was! I had all these exciting ideas and after a few failed attempts I was able to create my DIY Leaf Spoon Rest. What’s a good DIY without some trial and errors or two. ha! I mean.. check this baby out for a good giggle this morning.
DIY bloggers have their failed attempts sometimes too. So don’t get discouraged thinking we just throw out all of this great content like some Greek God of DIY helps us, honestly we get challenged too! That being said, after my flop, I’m happy with how this one turned out!
DIY LEAF SPOON REST
Air Dry Clay – Mine was white, but you can find them in many colors including the traditional red clay.
Leaf Mold – I used a glass dish I had lying around
Dishwasher Safe Modge Podge Sealer
- First I took a chunk of the clay out of the package and folded it in my hands. Then I used a flat clean surface to knead the clay into a softer texture. Once the clay was warmed up and more pliable I rolled it out on the clean surface. (I used a cutting board) You will want it to be thin enough that it will dry well, but thick enough that it wont break upon drying. Make sure you roll it out enough that it will fit over the mold without being stretched.
- Lay clay over the impression side of the mold. For example, my glass was smooth on the inside, so I used the outside of the mold to create my leaf.
- Press lightly to mold clay around the mold fully and cut the excess off the edges.
- I was afraid if I left it that I wouldn’t get it off. So I let the clay sit on the mold for about 20 minutes before I pulled the glass mold off very carefully. I started by pulling the edges off just enough to break the suction seal. Once I pulled the edges off I was able to easily pull the mold off without it losing its shape.
- I then went around the edges with a knife to clean up the imperfections.
- After it was cleaned up I placed it inside of mold to try for a the first 12 hours. That way I was sure it would keep its bowl like shape.
- For the last 12 hours of drying I flipped the leaf over so that the backside could dry evenly too.
- After the piece was completely dry, I sanded the edges to create a smooth surface. And then I cleaned off the leaf with a VERY LIGHTLY damp paper towel. I didn’t want to add more moisture, so it was very quick just to get the dust off from sanding.
- Once it was cleaned, I then painted! I used colors that matched my kitchen, but of course any colors would work.
- After my painting was dry, I put on two coats of the Modge Podge per directions on the bottle. I wanted to use something that would be dishwasher safe so it would be easy to clean.
The clay may have been more of a challenge that what I had expected, but I really did have a great time working with it! It just takes practice. My kiddos enjoyed making things too! It was a neat experience for them to make something with their hands and watch the process.
Be sure to check out the other bloggers projects! Each one is so unique and they are really quite amazing! Just see for yourself!
Thanks for hanging out with me! I hope you felt inspired to create something of your own. Keep your eyes peeled for next months challenge!