Over the weekend it hit 80 degrees here in NYC which are officially summer temperatures. And although mother nature proved to be having a massive mood swing causing the thermometer to plummet down to the 40s soon after, I got a taste of that warm summer goodness and there was no turning back. As a result, I got the itch to do some summer-themed crafting and these fun DIY clay cactus dishes were the result!
I have always loved working with oven bake clay because you really feel like a creator. Taking a ball of clay and working it into something useful and/or beautiful makes you feel like you have made something from nothing and lets your imagination go wild. Cacti give me major summer feelings and I loved using fun color pairings to make them special! Here’s how I made them.
Supplies needed to make your own clay cactus dishes:
- White Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
- Sculpey Clay Tool Starter Kit
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Cookie Sheet
- Rolling Pin
On a flat surface, roll out your clay until it is around 1/2 inch thick. Using your clay tools, cut out your cactus design (if you are worried about doing this free-hand, you can find an image you like online, print and cut it out and use as a stencil).
Once you are happy with your design, roll pieces of the excess clay into snake-like pieces and place them around the edges of the cactus to create a lip. Next, using your clay tools, slice around the edges to connect the lip to the cactus.
Using your fingers, smooth out the slices and all bumps until you are happy with the smoothness of your design. Transfer cactus to a cookie sheet and bake clay according to package directions. Once it is baked, allow to cool completely.
The possibilities of color combinations are endless with these babies and I love the idea of making a bunch to create fun wall art. They are also the funnest place to put my keys and jewelry. Happy summer crafting!
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Liz is a momma of two who lives in NYC. She has a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication and has embraced the fact that she is a diet coke addict and a bookworm.
Sam lives in Utah and is a momma of two with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and has a weakness for thrift stores, succulents, and colorful tights.