INSIDE : Learn how to create the most lovely DIY Clay Garland for your holiday and Christmas decor this year. Add color to the edges to customize for your home.
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This post has been updated since it’s original December 2017 publish date.
This year I am going for lots of simple homemade holiday decor around my home. 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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What supplies do I need to make DIY Clay Garland?
- Air Dry Clay
- Clay working tools
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
How do I make a garland out of clay?
To make a garland out of clay, first off, roll out your air dry clay to create a smooth clean surface. Make sure it’s 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.
Add color to your clay garland
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!
I used a combination of peach, tangerine, cherry pink and a lovely plum / berry color.
Adding string to your clay garland
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 the garland looks so good!
I love that they are mostly white with just a subtle pop of color… so perfectly my style.
And extra bonus, I made so many clay squares that I was able to string them around my entire tree!
Be sure to pin this fun DIY for next year!
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