The one thing I can't say no to is stationary. I love it. I probably have far too much but whenever I spot a new colour of washi tape or a pretty design on a notebook I can't help but buy it.
You might remember the other month when I mentioned I'd fallen in love with all those diy clay plant pots that were popping up all over the internet. I don't have much use for tiny plant pots. I only have two houseplants and they're both quite large but the one thing I can always use is more storage for my ever growing stationary collection so I grabbed my favourite stamps, some left over air dry clay I had from making these and got to work making these Diy Stamped Clay Pots. I hope you like them as much as I do.
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1. The first things you need to do is make some clay slip. Slip is watered down clay you can use to glue your clay pieces together. Break off a few small pieces of clay into a bowl and cover with water. Leave for about 30 minutes to dissolve.
Remember, the smaller the pieces of clay the faster it will break down. You might need to give it a stir now and again.
2. Take some air dry clay and knead it until it is soft and pliable.
3. Roll out the clay to about 3 mm thick. If you find the clay is sticking to your work surface try rolling it out on some greaseproof paper first.
4. Stamp your design onto the clay.
5. To make the sides of your pot use a knife to cut a rectangle out of the clay. You can use a template if you want but I just cut mine free hand as I don't mind the wobbly edges. For the base of the pot cut around a glass to make a circle.
As the air dry clay isn't food safe I used a disposable plastic knife so I wasn't using anything that would later come into contact with food.
6. To help the clay stick together you need to score the edges first. This gives the clay something to grip on.
Flip your clay rectangle over so the stamped side is on the table and score a cross-hatch pattern about 1 cm in on any edges where the clay will touch. In this case I scored along the bottom edge and the right hand side.
7. Apply a layer of slip to the parts you've just scored to help glue your pieces together.
8. Now comes the tricky part. You need to wrap your clay around the circle base and overlap the sides. Make sure the part you've scored is on the outside and the unscored clay is on the inside.
The taller you make your pot the more trouble you can have with this part. My pots were around 8 cm tall and I did have a bit of a problem with them bending and buckling. If you want to make your pots taller you may need to experiment with thicker clay.
9. Carefully turn your pot upside down and blend the edges of the clay sides and base together. You can use some more slip or water to help.
10. Leave to dry. It's quite warm here at the moment so mine only took a couple of days to dry. You may need to allow more drying time depending on the weather where you live.
Remember if you've used slip or water on the base of your pot you may need to leave it upside down to begin with. You don't want the clay drying and gluing itself to your table. I've done this before and trust me it wasn't fun to remove.
11. To finish sand away any rough edges.
As I've said before I really like the matte white finish you get with this clay so I decided to leave mine as they were but you could paint them or varnish them any way you like.
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