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The first signs of fall are upon us in the South. Leaves are slowly changing and falling. Instead of bagging your leaves and tossing them, save a few to make a useful clay ring bowl. With this simple keepsake, you will always have a place to stash your jewelry at night or when washing your hands. These also make great hostess gifts!
The Project: Clay Leaf Ring Bowl
- Air Dry Clay
- Non-Stick Rolling Pin
- Craft Knife
- Folk Art Mult-Surface Metallic Paint
- Paint Brush
- Tin Foil
- Parchment Paper / Non-Stick Surface (not pictured)
- Real Leaves
- On a non-stick surface, use the rolling pin to roll out the clay until it is about 1/8- inch thick. Snip the stem from the leaf and lay it on the clay.
- Use the rolling pin to roll over the leaf and push it into the clay.
- Use the knife to trace around the leaf.
- Remove the excess clay around the leaf. Carefully pick up the clay cut-out and use the scissor to finely trim the edges.
- Carefully remove the leaf to reveal the imprint.
- Roll tin foil into a long strip and bend to form a circle small enough to hold the clay leaf. Place the clay leaf on the tin foil circle and form a bowl by bending the edges upward.
- Let the leaf air dry indoors for 24 hours.
- Once the leaf is completely dry, use a multi-surface paint, like Folk Art Multi-Surface to paint the front and back of the leaf. Allow paint to fully dry before using the bowl.