Chloë and I had fun on the weekend playing with her polymer clay.
For those that don’t know, it’s a lot like play-doh, except it hardens after cooking. People make jewelry, figurines, dishes – all sorts of things – but Chloë and I decided my garden pots needed some ‘life’.
Enter polymer clay garden decor – in this case plant picks!
We rolled out a sausage of clay and then rolled it flat with a rolling pin. Then all we had to do was roll it up to create the snail shell.
The body of our garden decor snail was another sausage (in a different colour) and I folded a lump of it back to create the head and neck section.
I know snails’ eyes are at the end of their antennae, but that’s ugly. I wanted a cuteness factor, so I made them big, round and bulbous.
We used shish kebab skewers to create a hole in the bottom of the snail, these will be the garden decor plant picks to keep your clay creations off of the wet soil and peeking out for interest. Remove the sticks before baking – we’ll re-insert the skewers later, this is just to create the space for them before cooking.
We created several of these garden decor snails in different colours and sizes and even used some marbles as the snail shells on a few.
Then into the oven at 250 degrees for 10 minutes (these cooking instructions may vary depending on the type of clay you use and the size of your finished pieces – timing is based on the thickness of the clay)
Once our polymer snails were cooked, cooled and hardened, we just added a bit of glue to the ends of the skewers and reinserted them.
To quote the girls – “These are tots-adorbs!”
An easy craft, a great garden decor accent and fun for you and the kids to create together!
I’m picturing napkin rings with little ladybugs on them, or drink hanger snails. What about putting a slit in the back and using them as place markers?
You can take this across the seasons too – Holiday ornaments, little pumpkins, hearts, birthday candles or little cakes?
Too many ideas – you may be seeing more polymer clay again soon!
Have a great one!