If you live anywhere near the northeastern portion of North-America, you’ve no doubt been struck by a series of cold days. So cold that leaving the house requires wearing legwarmers over pants over long Johns; so frigid that you wear gloves under your mittens and 3 scarves at once.
Set aside grown-up responsibilities (like a job), there is really no reason to put yourself through such treacherous conditions. As long as you’ve got carrot sticks in the fridge and an abundance of ground coffee beans, you’d best throw on some slippers and STAY HOME!
I’ve had zero grown-up responsibilities over the past two weeks, which is why the above carrot/coffee scenario bears more truth than you might be able to handle. Since my tolerance to “Netflix and chilling” is minimal, I turned to crafting with whichever supplies I had on hand.
Enter : these darling clay ring holders!
Clay ring holders – A DIY project for a cold winter’s day
What you’ll need:
- Air dry clay ( available at most dollar stores, or craft supply stores)
- Wax paper
- Small bowl of lukewarm water
- Sand paper (120 grit, ideally)
- Acrylic paints
- Small paintbrush
- Varnish or Mod Podge
Step 1 :
Lay a sheet of wax paper on your workspace. Using your hands, scoop up a chunk of clay and play with it. Roll it in a ball, squish it between your palms, smash it on the floor – this allows the clay to become malleable and easier to work with.
Using your hands, form the clay into an approximate cone shape. Tap the bottom of it onto a flat surface to create the base, and roll the cone along its side on the flat surface (ie: your wax paper covered workspace) to create a nicely rounded shape. Have a few rings handy to check that they will fit onto your cone.
Once the basic shape is done, dip your fingers into the bowl of water and massage any area that may have dents or scuffs. The surface of the clay should be relatively smooth.
Repeat as many times as you like. Set your cones aside and let dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 2 :
Clean up the cones using sandpaper. I like to rip off small pieces of sandpaper, fold them in half, and gently rub any areas that are dented or irregular on the cone. After this step, the cone should have a smooth and consistent texture throughout.
I don’t mind leaving the base of the cone “as-is”, but if you’re a perfectionist, you could rub the base of the cone along a sheet of sandpaper that has been taped onto your worksurface.
Step 3 :
Take out your paints and go crazy! For my designs, I painted each cone with a base colour of black or white and let it dry. Acrylic paint dries fast, so within about 15 minutes, I was ready to adorn these precious little things in whichever colour I saw fit. Once your cones are painted and pretty, let them sit for about 30 minutes to dry fully.
Next up, you’re ready to apply the varnish. I chose a matte topcoat, and applied 2 coats following the instructions on the bottle (wait 10 minutes between coats).
Once everything is set and dry, you’re ready to start using (or gifting) your little ring holders!
Thanks for reading!