Do you love making your own décor items? Let’s have some fun making beautiful and easy DIY Air Dry Clay napkin rings for spring.
Welcome to this month’s edition of The Handcrafted Society. It is monthly get-together where a group of talented and crafty bloggers share a themed project with their readers. This month, I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest contributor by my friend and follow Marylander, Regina of Saved From Salvage. Today, We are sharing 9 spring projects using Air Dry Clay.
If you came over from my sweet friend, Amy Sadler Designs, welcome. Don’t you just love her beautiful butterfly garden pots!
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Now on to the fun stuff!
Beautiful and Easy DIY Air Dry Clay Napkin Rings
For this project you will need the following items listed under the supply.
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- Silicone Mold of Butterflies
- Das Air Dry Clay or Creative Paperclay
- Artist Paint Brush
- 12 Gauge Decorative Wire
- Fine Glitter
- Krylon Sealer Glitter Blast Clear
- Silver Rub and Buff
- Fine Grit Sanding Sponge
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutting Pliers
- Exacto Knife
DIY Air Dry Clay Napkin Rings Tutorial
1. Let’s play with clay
There is something fun about playing with clay as a medium. Air dry clay can be molded and used in so many creative ways. I am using air dry paperclay. You pull off some, roll in a ball and press into the mold. A bone folder is great to use to press the clay down.
Immediately flip the butterfly out of the mold and trim with an exacto knife. Create as many butterflies as you need for your napkin rings.
TIP: You can use your finger to smooth the sides of the butterfly. It’s ok to moisten your finger with a little water to smooth the clay around the edges.
2. Make Holes
Before letting your butterflies dry, create holes on each end of the butterflies. You can use the tip of an artist brush to create the holes.
3. Drying & Sanding Your Clay butterflies
After you have created two holes in each of your butterflies, you will need to let them completely dry. It is import to flip them over a couple times during the day. My butterflies completely air dried in 48 hours. I flipped them 4 times a day.
You can use a fine grit sanding sponge to smooth out the back on the butterflies. You want to apply gentle pressure.
4. painting your butterflies
You can paint your butterflies either gold or silver. For this project, Rub ‘N Buff works wonderful. You place a dab of the paint on a paper plate or artist paint tray. With an artist brush, dab into the paint and apply it to the butterfly on the front and back.
Repeat until all the butterflies have been painted.
5. Embellishing Your Butterflies
To make the glitter adhere to the butterflies, spray Krylon Sealer Glitter Blast in Clear. Wait 1 minute and sprinkle the silver glitter over the butterfly.
Pick up the butterfly and shake off any extra glitter. Set it aside to work on the next butterfly.
Repeat the step for each butterfly.
5. Adding the wire
With wire cutting pliers, cut a piece of the 12 gauge wire to 18 inches. Find a cylinder object the right width of a napkin ring. I am using a bottle of Fast Drying Tacky Glue. You will wrap the decorative wire around it three times. The two tips will be straight up.
You may need to trim the wires down with wire cutting pliers if too long. With a pair of needle nose pliers twirl the wire down to close off the butterfly from slipping off. It also gives the napkin ring a finished look. You should make sure there are no sharp edges sticking up.
PIN IT FOR LATER!
How fun was this project? These napkin rings were easy to make with items in my craft room. I saved money by using supplies already available.
I hope you have this project a try. Now please head over to my friend, Miss at Sonata Home Design. She has a fun project for you to see.
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