This year I am going for lots of simple homemade holiday decor around my home. And I wanted to start off my homemade decor with one of my most favorite supplies air dry clay! Today I am sharing my darling DIY Clay Garland which is currently on my tree.
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Acrylic Paint | Paint Brush | Sandpaper
First off, roll out your air dry clay to create a smooth clean surface. Make sure to make it thin, but not too thin to make it brittle. I really like this air dry clay as the white is very white, not the Crayola brand as shown above in my supply image.
Using a straight edge ruler and a cutting tool, cut your clay out into square shapes. Do your best to keep the edges straight and clean, but you can sand them down a bit once they are dry.
As the clay begins to dry a bit, use a paper straw to create holes to later string up your garland. If your clay is still fairly wet, you’ll have a harder time making the holes.
Depending on how long you want the garland, keep making those squared clay shapes!
Once my clay had dried 24 hours, I used a small piece of sandpaper to clean up the edges and remove any odd imperfections.
Then it was time to add some color. I polled my readers on IG stories and everyone voted I paint the edges of my clay, so that’s what I did!
Once everything has dried, all that is left is stringing your garland! I tied a small knot on each side of the clay so that they wouldn’t move around once I hung them up.
It took a bit of time because of all the knots, but I once I was all done, I was happy I had taken the time for that step. Now, my clay squares stay right in place and all is good.
I love that they are mostly white with just a subtle pop of color… so perfectly my style.
And I made so many that I was able to string them around my entire tree!
Be sure to pin this fun DIY for next year!
Here are a few of my OTHER air dry clay projects…