Clay Flowers

 

 What You'll Need:

Let's Do This! 

STEP 1: Divide Clay

A) Cut the two blocks of clay into sections using the guide. 

STEP 2: Leaves (need 6)

A) Roll the 2 leaf sections into balls. Use a rolling pin to flatten the balls into ¼" thick circles.

B) Cut 2 leaf shapes from the first circle. Save the leftovers.

C) Cut 2 leaf shapes from the second circle. Save the leftovers.

D) Roll the leftover leaf pieces together into a ball. Use a rolling pin to flatten the ball into a ¼" thick circle. Cut out 2 more leaf shapes. Save any leftovers. You should now have 6 leaves in total.

STEP 3: Flowers (need 3)

A) Roll the 3 flower sections into balls. Use a rolling pin to flatten the balls into ¼" thick oval/circle shapes.

B) Work 2 of the flower sections into "tire" shapes. To do this, roll each circle shape on its side as shown to give it a defined edge, resembling a tire.

C) Snip 2 wedges from the third flower section, as shown. Save the wedges as leftovers.

D) Pinch and shape the third flower section to look like a tulip.

STEP 4: Bases (need 3)

A) Use all the remaining clay from the first block, including leftovers, and roll it into a marshmallow shape.

B) Roll 2 sections from the second block of clay into marshmallow shapes, as well. You should have 3 separate marshmallow-shaped bases. They don't have to be identical! Create variety by making them short and squat or tall and narrow.

STEP 5: Stems (need 3 for flowers and 6 for leaves)

A) Cut wire hangers as shown to create stems for the flowers and leaves.

STEP 6: Complete Bases

A) Insert a wire stem into the center of all 3 bases to make a deep hole for the flower stem. Also make a deep hole on each side of the center hole for the leaves. Remove the wire when done. Note: We are only making the holes in this step! The wires will be inserted in a later step.

B) Press a piece of burlap into the tops and sides of the 3 bases to create texture. Note: Be sure to press hard enough to leave texture behind, but not so hard as to distort the shape.

C) Bake the bases in the following stages so they don't crack. Bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes, then remove from oven for 10 minutes. Bake for another 15 minutes at 250 degrees. Remove and let cool.

D) Cover the bases with brown paint, then rub off some of the paint with a paper towel. This technique will highlight the texture on the bases. Let dry.

STEP 7: Prepare Flowers and Leaves

A) Insert a wire stem into each leaf and flower to create holes. Remove the wire when done. Note: We are only making the holes in this step! The wires will be inserted in a later step.

STEP 8: Add Details and Texture

A) Use any of these techniques in steps 9 & 10 (or your own!) to create textures and patterns on the leaves and flowers.

STEP 9: Technique Reference Guide

Use Technique Reference Guide

  • Open Scissors
  • Sharpened Pencil
  • Scissors Tip
  • Paint Bottle Lid

STEP 10: Technique Reference Guide

Use Technique Reference Guide

  • Pencil Eraser
  • Paint Bottle Base
  • Unsharpened Pencil

STEP 11: Bake Leaves and Flowers

A) Bake the leaves and flowers at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool. 

STEP 12: Paint Leaves, Flowers and Stems

A) Dab green, brown, and blue paint into the grooves on the leaves, and then rub off some of the paint with a paper towel. This technique will highlight the texture on the leaves. Let dry.

B) Highlight certain areas on the flowers with blue and brown paint. Dab paint into the grooves to highlight texture, and then rub off excess paint. Let some areas unpainted. Let dry.

C) Paint the wire stems green. You can rub off excess paint with a paper towel, if desired. Let dry.

D) Insert the wire stems into the bases and add the leaves and flowers. Tip: Gently bend the leaf stems, if desired.

STEP 13: Add Gems

A) Add gems to the flowers in the pencil indents, or wherever you desire. 

TA DA!