These earthy botanical print chimes add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor space, but can also double as wall art. It's subdue yet interesting appearance becomes a conversational piece.
It's also suitable for all ages and stages and makes for a great afternoon craft as you prepare to welcome summer.
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Things You'll Need
Cold porcelain (recipe here) or air drying clay
Botanical clippings such as pine, etc.
Old cotton rag
Jute twine or cotton rope
Branch, driftwood or dowel
Optional: Sealant spray or ModPodge
Set a ball of clay onto a counter or table and roll it with a rolling pin to your desired thickness.
Choose leaves or botanical springs and press onto the clay, making sure they make a good indentation onto the clay.
Gently remove the leaf from the clay and cut around it with scissors.
Repeat this process until you have your desired amount of pieces.
To give your piece more interest, choose varying botanical sizes and shapes.
With a straw, pierce a hole through the top of each shape and allow to dry completely over night.
Once the clay is completely dry, use a brush and paint a light layer of desired color, ensuring it fills in the grooves of the imprint.
Promptly take a damp rag and remove paint from the top of the clay, leaving the residual paint in the imprint.
Continue this process until all of your pieces are complete and allow to dry for 30 minutes.
OPTIONAL: Apply a layer of sealant spray or ModPodge if desired and allow to dry.
Take a piece of twice or cotton rope and tie a knot at each end of your dowel or branch.
Tie some twine through hole of your clay piece and tie it around the dowel or branch.
Laying out your pieces in the desired pattern prior to attaching to the dowel or branch helps you visualize your end result.
Hang each piece along the branch, staggering the size and height of each.
Continue tying the pieces onto the branch.
Once all of the pieces have been tied onto the branch, cut off any excess string.
As previously suggested, using varying shapes and sizes adds interest to your piece. Use uneven numbers and stagger the pieces for balance.