This nature craft is one that children and adults will enjoy in equal measures and it’s one we’ll definitely be repeating over the school holidays.
Here’s what you need…
• Air dry clay (in my experience the cheaper stuff cracks when drying, so it’s worth buying the decent stuff, I recommend this one)
• A selection of leaves, thicker leaves with pronounced veins give better results
• Cookie cutters
• A rolling pin
• Varnish (we used this which is in a spray and easy to apply)
• Greaseproof paper
Cut a piece of greaseproof paper and roll out a piece of clay. The clay needs to be about a centimetre thick at this point. If it’s too thin it’ll be fragile when dry. Check that the piece you have rolled out is about the size of your chosen cookie cutter.
Find a leaf ensure it is free of bugs and place it on the clay. Use the rolling pin to press evenly and firmly until it is embedded in the clay
Peel the leaves or branches away from the clay gently and use a cookie cutter to trim off any excess clay.
Place your coasters to dry on another sheet of greaseproof paper. It’ll take between 36 and 48 hours for the clay to dry completely. During this time the edges can start to curl up, so keep an eye on them and either gently push the edges back down or place something like a book on top to keep them flat. Don’t add anything too heavy though, you don’t want to obliterate the prints!
When they are dry they are ready for painting. We used a selection of tester pots we had in the garage and even some Annie Sloan paint. All worked well.
After the paint dried we finished with a spray varnish to waterproof and protect the coasters.
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