This is so simple everyone and fun too. Get everyone in the family involved with this DIY I am about to share with you all. The more the merrier.
Self hardening clay
Watercolor paints and paintbrushes
Instant drying lacquer (comes in a spray can at most hardware stores)
xacto knife or butter knife (you can even use plastic if children are involved)
First for the fun part…collecting leaves. I used leaves in my garden but you can go anywhere to collect leaves. Just take a walk out in nature and there are choices everywhere.
My grape leaves have a nice shape to them so I used some of those.
I also picked some Jasmine and Gardenia leaves as well.
Knead your clay then roll into a ball, then with your rolling pin roll as flat as possible to about 1/4 inch thickness. I did not have a lot of clay left in my package so I rolled my clay out pretty thin to make several leaves. Press your leaves down into clay, making sure to get all the textures into the clay. Then gently cut around your leaves and pull leaf away.
Use a spatula to remove from work area. I use a plastic cutting board I bought from Ikea for all my clay projects.
Use cups and bowls to form your leaf bowls while they dry.
I left my leaf bowls out to dry for at least a day before I started painting. Depending on how dry your area is drying time will vary.
Then get out the paints and paint away.
Let your bowls dry for a day before you spray them with a coat of lacquer. You aren’t eating out of these bowls, they are for decorative purposes only.
Once dry you can display them around your Thanksgiving table. These are so inexpensive and easy to make that you can give each of your guest one to take home. Fill them with pretty hard candies and wrap up with a raffia bow. Make sure the candy is covered, remember these are not bowls to eat from.
With the smaller leaves make sure to poke a hole at top to tie some string to hang on your Christmas trees.
Hope you all get chance to make some of these, happy crafting everyone.