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How To: Create Fun Little Typographic Boxes For All Your Knick-Knacks

by Faith Provencher
DIY Clay Letterform Storage Boxes
Photo: Faith Towers

There's something so fun about a functional letterform, isn't there? Or maybe it's just the typography nerd in me. But nonetheless, you have to admit that storing cotton balls inside of an ampersand is more fun than storing them in a plain old glass jar.

I was inspired to make typographic storage containers after seeing ones made from cookie cutters on Pinterest (from Willowday). Instead of using cookie cutters, I simply used clay, a favorite font, and a steady hand! 

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How To: Make a Clay Container for Plants and Other Small Goods

by Brittni Mehlhoff

How To: Make a Clay Container for Plants and Other Small Goods

Looking for an easy project to carry you through to the weekend? I think I might just have one for you. Make your own clay pots and containers to hold small plants or jewelry with this simple technique and tutorial.      

Materials:

  • Air Dry Clay
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint Brush
  • Matte Medium

How-To:

1. Start with a palm sized piece of clay and roll t into a ball with your hands.

2. Then, starting from the center, begin pinching the ball with your thumbs, creating a bowl shape.

3. Continue this process until the desired shape is reached. Then, attempt to smooth any large cracks or blemishes with a tiny bit of water, rubbing your fingers over blemishes to smooth them out. It doesn't have to be perfect.

4. Let dry according to the packaging, usually about 24 hours. Then, use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth any blemishes or cracks that may still be visible. Wipe away in debris with a rag or paper towel.

5. Next, coat the entire surface with a clear matte medium to seal it. Allow the medium to dry and apply a second coat.

6. Once dry, add a coat of paint in your desired color, or leave the surface natural and begin using.

A $9 bag of air dry clay will make at least four bowls, roughly the same size as the one pictured, making these DIY bowls a super affordable weekend project or gift idea.

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How to: Make Your DIY Own Garden Markers

by Lexy Ward

How to: Make Your DIY Own Garden Markers

Are you a big gardener? It's fun to plant, but it can be even more fun to customize your garden! Create simple and clean garden markers using a few simple items!        

To make your own garden markers you'll need:

  • air dry clay (found at any craft store)
  • rolling pin
  • wax paper
  • assorted cookie cutters

Working with a large slab of clay, roll it out with the rolling pin. Roll clay to 1/4" thick. Cut out different shapes and sizes and lay flat on sheet of wax paper.

Cut out small triangles with a knife. A butter knife will work just fine. Cut one triangle for each cookie shape. 

The clay needs about 48 hours to dry. Lay flat in a sunny and dry place where it can set safely.

Once the clay is dry, write the names of your herbs and other plants in tall skinny letters with a sharpie or other permanent marker.

Place a small dab of hot glue to the back of each marker and attach the triangle. The triangle will act as a stake allowing you to place the marker securely in the soil around each plant.

Place each marker next to their coordinating plant and admire your beautiful and easy to navigate garden! 

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DIY Colorful Swirled Clay Bangles

by Kelly B

DIY Colorful Swirled Clay Bangles

It seems like every which way we turn this summer there's another great do-it-yourself jewelry project using polymer clay. This one is no different, learn how to make these colorful swirled bangle bracelets perfect for back-to-school, gifts, or decorating your own wrist.

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DIY Idea: Fish Chandalier

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Idea: Fish Chandalier

Organic, tactile, and made from bone china, so English, the design team of Frances and Dominic Bromley have jumped into the wide world of lighting design.  Their sculptural fish cylinder of light is available in six sizes. It may not be feasible to DIY these out of bone china, but how about

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How to make cold porcelain

by DIY Maven

How to make cold porcelain

Until I spotted Diane's post on Craftstylish, I had no idea you could actually make porcelain. Sure, you can do the polymer clay route, but this DIY method is so much more awesome. Diane says cold porcelain is the perfect medium to make small objects and jewelry bobbles.

To make cold porcelain, you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup white glue
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cold cream (like Pond's)
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • 1 cup cornstartch + a bit more for...

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