I recently came across this adorable project on Almost Makes Perfect (if you aren't familiar with this site, check it out! It's amazing!), and it has quickly become my go-to gift for friends. I knew there could be no better DIY for Women's History Month.
I made both white and black marble pieces as examples. The recipe below is for black, but get creative with it...you can use any colors you choose!
- BLACK POLYMER CLAY (2 PACKAGES)
- WHITE POLYMER CLAY
- COOKIE CUTTERS (ROUND, OVAL + SQUARE) *I did't have cookie cutters, so I just found something round and used it as a guide. I say, no need to buy, improvise!
- in which case, you will need an EXACTO KNIFE
- STRING / NEEDLE + THREAD
- A ROLLING PIN *I put wax paper in between the rolling pin and clay...just for food safety, ya know?
1. Soften clay with your hands, roll into balls. (you can use each slice of the package as a separate ball.
2. Take some small pieces of white and add to one of the black balls. Mush it around with your fingers to create marble effect. Careful not to blend too well...you will loose that organic marbling you are striving for.
3. Roll out using your rolling pin (and wax paper).
4. Use your cookie-cutters, or in my case top of a tea tin, to cut out your shapes. See image below for a guide.
5. With a toothpick, make holes at the top and bottom of each shape. For the crescent moon that will be at the very bottom, you only need to make a hole in the top (unless you want to hang a bead as I did for the white marble version)
6. Bake according to package instructions.
7. Once cool, use your needle and thread to tie your pieces together. This part is hard to explain, but you will tie a knot at each hole.
8. Hang somewhere or gift to a badass woman in your life!
If you have left over clay (and you probably will), make beads! I strung a necklace on leather and it is a total hit! Just roll into balls (I made my a bit oblong), use a toothpick to make a hole, and string on cord. It is light as a feather and will make an adorable summer accessory.