It’s been a while since I’ve worked with clay, so I thought it was time to give it another go. I ended up making these super simple kidney shaped clay rings and the minimalist in me is jumping for joy right now. Of course, the other side of me is screaming, “Add a tiny painted pattern or do a color block kidney ring“. But I do like the simplicity of these guys. Maybe next time on the patterns and color blocking? What do you think?
Here’s how to make your own clay jewelry…
Materials: Sculpey Oven Bake Clay // Ring Blanks // Craft Glue
How To: Warm up a small ball of clay in your hands and break off a small piece about the size of a dime. Roll it out with your finger to a cylindrical shape. Bend over the ring blank to get the proper curve. Bake in the oven according to instructions on the packaging. Glue the clay pieces to ring blanks. And enjoy! Super easy.
Take it Further: If you’re looking to make a version of these a little less plain, here are some ideas…Mix several different colors of clay together for a super easy marbleized look. Or paint patterns, like polka dots or stripes, on the finished kidney shapes before glueing them onto the rings blanks.
Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff // Modeling by Jordan Brantley
What do you think? Will you be making any of these little bean rings?
I’m not 100% sure, but I may have a thing for decorating sweet treats. First it was the ombre + color block donuts and now it’s watercolor meringue cookies!
These would be a perfect addition to a Mother’s Day care package. And super affordable too! All you need to make your own are some meringue cookies (store bought or homemade) and gel food coloring.
Well…there are a couple of additional supplies, actually, but those are the main ingredients. Full supply list and tutorial here.
Since I used food coloring, instead of real watercolor paint for these cookies, they’re 100% food safe. AND they taste exactly the same as they wood without the added food coloring. No difference in taste…believe me, I taste tested a lot of these.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Check out the full tutorial right here on Project Wedding.
Think you’ll try these for a Mother’s Day treat? Or maybe just as a fun snack/ dessert at a dinner party?
P.S. Today is my brother’s birthday! And I kind of think he has the coolest birthday ever…being born on Earth Day and all. Happy 27th birthday Brandon!
Good morning! I hope you had a happy Easter yesterday! I’m back at it this morning, sharing some photos from a recent trip, but I hope you’re having a relaxing start to your week…
A couple of weeks ago, I flew into LAX and headed down to Ventura with Kelly and Kelly (Studio DIY and Design Crush) to speak at Craftcation. It was such a nice day for a drive AND I got to sit next to buckets of fresh flowers because that’s how I roll, apparently. Actually, I taught a flower workshop at Craftcation and Kelly was SO amazing to pick up all the flowers I needed from the LA flower market before picking me up from the airport. Is she the best or what? I can’t even begin to tell you what a huge help that was!
Once we got to the hotel and settled into our rooms we had a work powwow, which may or may have included pizza and a whole lots of giggles.
The next day, I taught a crash course styling workshop and a flower workshop. Emily, the photographer behind Anna Delores, taught the photography portion of the crash course and I set up some mock styled vignettes for students to photograph and play around with afterward. Like this Easter-inspired one, below, featuring a DIY letter shaped box that Kelly made…
photo by Anna Delores
Immediately after the styling workshop, I taught a flower workshop, which was probably my favorite part of the trip. I had 30+ students in the workshop and every single one of them created something completely unique from the next. It was great.
We made fresh flower rings, like these, and hair accessories – with ranunculus, peonies, roses, thistle, and more.
first three flower photos by Matthew William Photography
That night, we went to the opening party and Lisa Congdon was the keynote. Loved her talk.
The next day, pretty much flew by – I spoke on two panels with friends (which is the best), had an awesome picnic lunch, and went to a crazy Mexican restaurant for dinner (complete with bras hanging from the chandeliers and a very drunk girl wielding a trophy). It was great!
photo by Matthew William Photography
All and all, it was a short trip BUT packed with fun + friends. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.
And I’m hoping to get back on the travel wagon again soon, only this time it will not be a work trip. Yay for a real vacation, in the not so distant future.
So…the day after tomorrow is Easter. Which is kind of crazy. I swear EVERY holiday sneaks up on me. BUT the good news is, there are still two days to get some DIYs crammed in for this egg-hunting holiday. And I have rounded up a whole bunch of them for you to make things a little easier…
P.S. Those abstract expressionist portrait Easter eggs (#1 on this roundup) are in the running for Martha Stewart’s Good Egg contest. I’d love for you to vote for me in the best use of color category, if you feel so inclined.
Hope you have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!
Easter is just three days away and I have one last egg project to share before it’s too late. Naturally, it’s super easy…and may even involve flowers. Hint: It does!
As a last minute way to decorate eggs, I picked out some baby’s breath and a hydrangea from a bouquet I already had and made these flowery polka dot eggs (along with some striped options).
If you’re looking for something simple and pretty, versus campy and kiddish, this is the way to go. They’d look great as decoration for an Easter dinner party as well – as a centerpiece or nestled into each napkin as a pretty treat for guests at the table.
Here’s how to make your own…
Materials: Hardboiled Eggs // Craft Glue // Baby’s Breath + Hydrangeas (Aster and Button Poms also pictured above, but not used in the tutorial)
How To: Cut small flowers off the stem and glue them onto hardboiled eggs in a random pattern. That’s it! It’s really that simple. If you’re really in a hurry, you can use a hot glue gun instead of regular craft glue, as well.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Admittedly, I’m not typically a big fan of baby’s breath or hydrangeas. BUT in this case, the small blooms work well for the eggs, scale-wise, and the fact that they each have a flat back makes them easier to attach with glue.
So, what do you think? Will you try making these polka dot flower eggs for Easter?
For more DIY Easter ideas, visit the Easter project page.