So it’s been quite a minute since I’ve done this blogging thing! My husband and I started a shop here on my blog at the end of last year, and it’s kept us pretty busy, which is super exciting! Since we’ve all been put under mandated quarantine, our shop has taken a bit of a back seat until we can pick it up again real soon. It’s such a scary and odd time that we’re all facing lately during this pandemic. My thoughts are with those that are struggling, worried, hurting, experiencing loss, and other countless emotions. As difficult as it is for so many, I hope that we can all get through it the best way we know how.
When this all started, I was sure we would be at home for an unknown amount of weeks. I rushed to Sherwin Williams and bought a few gallons of paint to give our master bedroom a fresh new update. I knew I would need a project to keep me busy, and I have been thinking about painting it for a while now. Keep an eye out for the full reveal coming soon! In the process of making these changes, I’ve DIYed a couple of things to share with you guys.
This polymer clay wall hanging is a really fun craft that adds a little something special to any space without being too dramatic. I’ll be laying out all the steps that are really easy to follow along so you can make your own! To start, think about the look and shape you want for your wall hanging. It helps to sketch out your design so you know the direction you’re going with your project when shaping the clay. I wanted to make a mid-century geometric pattern with ombre blush pink colors fading from the bottom up. This combo of shades created such a soft palette that I really love!
Here’s what you need for this DIY:
- White Polymer Oven Bake Clay with colors of your choice
- Rolling Pin or Fondant Roller with guide rings
- Jewelry Pliers
- Necklace Chain or string for hanging and connecting your pieces
- Glasses of various sizes to cut out your shapes
- Parchment Paper
First, roll out your white polymer clay no more than 1/4″ thick. With the glasses you’ve chosen, use them to cut out the shapes you want and lay them out flat on your parchment paper. You may need a knife here if you’re making geometric shapes like I did.
Next, add very small amounts of your secondary color to each section. Since I wanted a blush tone, I mixed hot pink with orange to get the perfect shade. For each piece, add a little more colored clay to create an ombre effect as I’ve placed alongside here. As you can see, my dots of clay get slightly bigger towards the bottom.
Mix each shape with the color until it’s completely blended. Continue down with each section. You may want to add even a little more color to each one as you go until you’re happy with the shade you want.
Roll out your mixed clay sections, and cut your shapes with the glasses again like you see here. Any excess clay I had from each piece, I just mixed it in with the next shape. Be sure to avoid any air pockets as this will cause bubbles in your clay when you’re baking them. Using a thumbtack, carefully poke a hole in the tops and/or bottoms of each shape depending on where you’ll be attaching your chain or string. Be sure you’re making the holes pretty close to the edge or you may have a difficult time connecting the chain loops. They’re already starting to look exactly how I planned! I couldn’t wait to bake them and put these shapes together.
When baking your clay, follow the instructions on the package. You don’t want to bake them too high or too long as they could crack. Our toaster oven can get pretty hot so I baked mine at 250° for about 15-20 minutes on parchment paper, checking on them after the first 15 minutes. Once they’re done, they won’t be hard until they’re cooled so wait a few before the next step.
After they’re completely cooled, you can start attaching them together! Using jewelry pliers, I carefully inserted the loops into the premarked holes. You may need two sets of pliers/needle nose to help squeeze the chain links together.
Once you’re finished, it should look similar to this! I’m so pleased with my pretty blush pink wall hanging! It turned out better than I imagined. I love how the ombre shades fade together as perfect as they do. The orange really helped achieve a nice blush tone. My hot pink clay would’ve been too pink on it’s own.
This DIY is so quick and easy! It’s such a delicate and dainty piece. I couldn’t wait to hang it up in our newly redecorated bedroom!
Tada — and there it is! Since we’re at home more these days, I’ve found myself crafting again with my extra free time. It’s given me a little sense of normal while the world right now isn’t. Start that project you’ve been putting off, go for a walk and get some sunshine, read books, learn a new skill, put some puzzles together! We’ve currently got a 1,000 piece puzzle taking up our dining table. I forgot how fun they are! Find the little things that bring you happiness during the day. And if you decide to make one of these, share it with me! I’d love to see your version. Stay healthy, guys!