Friday, July 24, 2015

We Tried That DIY | Phases of the Moon Clay Garland

By Amanda. I'm actually super excited about this DIY courtesy of the uber talented crew over at A Beautiful Mess. When I saw them post the Phases of the Moon Clay Garland - I knew I had to make it! It's super cute, quirky and educational. I immediately ran to Micheals to get all of the supplies needed for this, and spent my Sunday morning crafting the hell out of it. A Beautiful Mess always has THE best DIY projects, and they are so unique and creative. Here's how to make this super cute garland...

First we'll need our supplies - as always I'll list everything below.
You're going to take each clay pack and roll it out into three strands using your hands.
 Then you'll twist all three strands together. This will give the piece the marbling effect.
 Next, roll everything out to about 1/4 of an inch thick. Make sure you roll your clay between two pieces of wax paper to prevent it from sticking to anything and to make the process a little smoother.
 Then I used a mason jar lid to cut out my circles. You'll need to cut out seven all together.
 Once you have your circles cut out, use the mason jar lid again to cut the moon into its different phases, but leave one a full circle.
 After you have everything cut out, use your skewer to poke holes on either end and all the way through so you can string these once they are baked. Try not to poke your holes too close to the tops or bottoms of the shape because it might break off once its baked.
 Then paint the edges gold, and pop them into the oven baking them according to the clay manufacturer's directions, as some baking clays may vary. Since I used Sculpey brand, the directions called for was at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. 
 After they have cooled, you can start stringing your twine through the back of the shape and tie a knot at the top of the shape to prevent it from slipping through and falling.
 And once you have it strung completely, you are ready to put that bad boy up!
 You can also use whatever you like to decorate each end of the garland. I re-used the painted wooden beads from the Wooden Trivet DIY.

The verdict: I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the hell out of this garland. It's perfect on my gallery wall and has become a great conversation piece. I can't get enough of it and I get such a kick out of it whenever I walk by and see it on my wall. I hope you all give this DIY a shot!

Here's what you'll need:
3 packs of baking clay - I got mine from Michaels
^^ Hint - I used 2 packs of white and 1 pack of silver to give it dimension ^^
Wooden skewer
Paint brushes
Wax paper
Rolling pin
Mason jar lid
Kitchen twine
Metallic gold paint - Michaels
Optional - wooden beads, additional colored twine, piping, etc. to embellish

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