Friday, November 16, 2012

Guest Post No. 16 Lauren Elise Crafted

Hi Paper Pastries readers! My name is Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted and I am so excited to be sharing a DIY here today while Margaret and Tony are off getting married. My biggest congrats to them! I met Margaret through Renegade, have shopped her wonderful products many times and have continually been inspired by her love of cute paper goods. She has such an eye for color and calligraphy don’t you think? I am thrilled to help her out today by posting.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner so I thought I would share this simple autumn project which will add a crafty touch to your festive dinner table. These clay place cards will help guests find their seat but they can also be made into gift tags for presents or ornaments. You can get a lot of use out of them this holiday season. Spend some time this weekend before the start of the Thanksgiving commotion to put them together. Your guests will enjoy the handmade and personal touch!

Materials:
  • white polymer clay
  • leaf cookie cutter
  • rolling pin
  • cookie sheet
  • embossing tool
  • metallic bronze acrylic paint
  • fine paintbrush
Directions: 1. Remove the polymer clay from the packaging, set it on a hard surface and begin rolling flat with a rolling pin. You may want to use a rolling pin designated for crafts, one that no longer comes into contact with food. Roll the clay out until it is about 1/8" thick.
2. Position your leaf cookie cutter over the clay and then firmly press it down. Once pressed down, slightly move the cookie cutter around side-to-side. This will ensure a cleaner cut.
3. Lift up the cookie cutter and pull away the scraps of clay from around the leaf. Carefully pick up the leaf and place it on a cookie sheet.
4. Combine the scraps back together and again roll them out flat. Cut out another leaf with the cookie cutter and continue this process until you have used up all of the clay.
5. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees (or follow the specific directions provided with the brand of clay). Arrange all of the leaves on the cookie sheet. Use the embossing tool to punch holes into the stems of each leaf so that a ribbon or piece of string can pass through later on. Bake the leaf tags for about 15-20 minutes.
6. Remove the leaves from the oven and let them cool down.
7. Once cool, use a fine paintbrush to write out guest's names in bronze paint. Go over the names with a second coat if necessary. Let the paint dry.
8. String ribbon or twine through the leaf tags and display at each place setting on Thanksgiving.
I hope this autumn project inspires you to get crafty this holiday season. Are you making any Thanksgiving decorations by hand this year?

1 comment:

  1. Love these! I am always itching to craft with clay around the holidays, and I love the look of plain white pieces. I have a Pinterest board just for clay, and I am adding this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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