Special thanks to Sculpey for providing product for this post.
A new family just moved in next door, and I’ve been meaning to run over and say hello. Kind of hard to do with the seemingly endless springtime snow storms we’ve been dealing with here in Colorado, but I think the worst of it is over. Fingers crossed! I whipped up some Sculpey Polymer Clay springtime plant stakes to stick in a little “Howdy, Neighbor!” potted ivy. I love how they turned out!
Making them was so super duper simple, too – but before I go into all that, I want to show you what my sweet Lexi did. Lexi is one of my 11-year-old daughters, and she is a SCULPEY MASTER. She makes the most amazing little charms, figurines, and tiny little collectibles out of Sculpey. Her creations are so much better than mine! She makes stuff literally every day, so she took it UPON HERSELF to organize our huge stash of clay and tools. Isn’t this incredible?
She took a rolling cart from World Market that wasn’t being utilized in a great spot in the house, and organized all of our clay by color on one level, and sorted all the tools, texturizers, cutters, and accessories on the other two shelves. It’s the best thing ever, for real. We can roll the cart anywhere we want to and just get busy making fun stuff. Lexi loves doing Sculpey stuff with her friends, so it’s just perfect for playdates…or CLAYDATES! (Ha, see what I did there? #momjokes) If you use Sculpey a lot, I highly recommend organizing it this way!
Okay, so here’s how I made my sweet springtime plant stakes. I LOVE birds, bet you already knew that, so I decided to make a couple of cute little birds. Here are my supplies, and a little guy from my desk to give me some birdy inspiration.
I grabbed a couple shades of blue and got to work making my birds. Now…I don’t know how to tell you how to do this, except to say, mess with the clay until it looks like a bird. Seriously, that’s all there is to it. A bird shape is pretty basic. Kind of oblong. A little round head. A flattened out end for a tail.
I made a little flower to go along with my birds, too. I did this by pinching out a bunch of little balls of white clay and shaping them into petals. I used a bit of green clay as my flower base and just placed all the petals around it, with a bit of yellow clay in the center. I poked wooden skewers into each finished piece, and into the oven they went!
I think they turned out pretty cute! I found a tiny potted ivy plant at the supermarket and my little plant stakes added just the right neighborly touch, don’t you think? I think it says, “Feel free to borrow sugar from me” and maybe even, “I’m sorry my dog barks so much.”
And there you have it. Super simple, really cute, and it added such a fun little touch on a gift. I want to make a whole bunch more for my pots of geraniums now!