This great DIY flower vase project is from http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2012/03/clay-petal-vase-spring-craft-link-party/#more-27024
This vase is too cute! Make your own clay flower then attach it to a vase or another item for a truly unique decorative accessory for your home. These lovely vases would also make amazing gifts. The next time you need a housewarming present, make one of these vases and fill it with flowers. I would be happy to receive this amazing handcrafted gift!
How to Make Flowers from Clay – Sculpting your own Flowers
Sculpting clay flowers is easier than you might think. You can use porcelain clay or craft clay and let it air dry overnight. If you like polymer clay, you can also craft a polymer clay flower and then dry the flower in the oven or toaster oven. You can paint your flower using acrylic paints, or leave a natural color. Buy your craft clay at any craft store or online. To attach your flower, you can use a strong adhesive like ES9000, or you can run craft or jewelry wire through the center of your flower, and then wrap the wire around your vase or item to attach it without the need for glue.
To make a rose type of flower, create a base of 5-7 larger petals. Place these petals so they all attach in the center, overlapping slightly. Make another set of 5 petals or so in a slightly smaller size. Begin attaching these on top of the base layer, again overlapping each petal a bit on one side just like a real rose. Finally, make one smaller set of petals for the top layer. Continue overlapping these petals.
Your rose petal shape can be loose and open, or create a tight cone shape for the center if you prefer a flower bud look. Look at photographs of your favorite flower on Google Images and look at how the petals are shaped. With just a little practice you can make all different types of flowers, from roses to sunflowers.
You can accent the center of your flower, too. When the clay is still wet, press a button, beads, or crystal brooch into the center, or run some thin craft wire through button loops and poke the wires out through the center of your flower while the clay is wet: you can then either cut off the wire once it is dry, or use longer wires to wrap the flower around whatever accessory you are decorating, such as the neck of a vase. Make small flowers and wire them onto hair combs or headbands and make a wearable accessory, too!
Here is the link to the great DIY flower vase project with step by step instructions and lots of great photos. This project and all images are copyright Centsationalgirl.com.
“First, grab yourself a pretty vase or vessel and some stone clay at a craft store. I used the Premier version and was happy to find it’s very soft and silky to the touch. Dare I say, sensual? Hmm, maybe too strong a word, but it’s a really soft texture to work with….” READ MORE