Thursday, September 3, 2020

DIY leaf trivet

I have the funnest project for you today! 

It is a DIY leaf trivet/dish that you make from air dry clay, and a leaf from your yard!

Couldn't be simpler. 

Fun craft to do for fall doing Covid.

I hope you find this project as fun as I do. If you love it, I'd love for you to Pin it to your Pinterest boards!

You will start with simple air dry clay. This is the exact one I used.

Slice off a piece and roll it with a rolling pin to about 1/4" thick.

Lay the leaf of your choice on the center of your rolled out clay.

I chose a hydrangea leaf because it was the largest leaf I could find in my yard, but you could do any type.

I am going to try it with a maple leaf next.

Using your rolling pin, roll and press down on the leaf to make the impression.

Cut around the leaf.

Gently peel away the extra clay {you can reuse for another leaf!} 

On a piece of foil to prevent sticking, shape your leaf into a "bowl" or "trivet" shape using items you find around your house. 

You want the leaf to have a natural shape to it. Think about what a leaf looks like when it is drying out. The edges tend to curl up and they don't lay flat. 

I used a combination of items from my kitchen to achieve this look. This is where you can get really creative.

Let dry overnight or longer. Mine took longer, it just depends on the thickness of your clay. Do not rush this part. Let it dry completely.

 Then you can paint any color you'd like! 

Spray paint is the easiest way to paint these. 
Do not forget to spray the backside too.
 I sprayed mine white which just brightened them up a bit.

These are great jewelry dishes, but also great decor pieces on their own.

Ready for more DIY projects involving leaves? 

Check out these 13 Fall Leaf Project Ideas!

How to Make a Paper Quilt Leaf - Happy Happy Nester
Fall Craft Ideas - Jennifer Maune
DIY Gilded Leaf Pumpkins - Tatertots & Jello

Fall Craft Ideas for Your Table - My 100 Year Old Home
Pressed Botanical Art - Craftberry Bush

DIY Leaf Pillow - Thistlewood Farms
DIY Leaf Trivet - My Sweet Savannah
The Worst Project Made with Leaves Ever - Jennifer Rizzo

If you make one, please tag me on Instagram so I can see!

xoxo, Melaine 


Ashely said...

Love this Melaine! And love that you and Jennifer had the same idea.

Jen @ said...

Such a gorgeous idea for fall. I pinned it to my fall board :)


Happy Happy Nester said...

Your clay leaves are gorgeous! They are so elegant and such a great project. Thanks for joining us!

Krista Aasen said...

These are so pretty - I love this idea! Now you've got my creative juices flowing! What can I do with modelling clay?!

Farm House Faire said...

What an amazing idea!! Perfect for fall

vicky said...

Such a gorgeous idea for fall. I pinned it to my fall board :)

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