I am always super brave when it comes to enduring winter. Then we’ll make ourselves comfortable inside for a few more weeks or clean up the house properly! But when the sun shines as gloriously as yesterday my heart starts beating and I just can’t wait until you can finally get out without a jacket, dig in the garden and stick your nose in the sun! In keeping with the beginning of spring (not the calendar ones in the heart;)) I have made small flower pots as souvenirs, which I will give away as a small spring greeting together with a pack of cupper tea, e.g. the varieties Flower Power, Be Happy or Zen Balance.
This time I used extra air-drying clay because not all of you can burn real clay. The mass is very different compared to clay, but can also be processed well. Since air-drying clay is not waterproof, I recommend that you put your flowers in a pot and take them out before watering.
- air-drying clay (also called air-drying modeling clay, is available in the craft store)
- Rolling pin
- Underlay (cutting mat or wooden board)
- Duct tape (washi tape or something)
- a thin bottle or another narrow cylinder (here the mass is formed around it)
- Spray paint in spring colors
How to do it:
First you roll out part of the modeling clay with the rolling pin about 0.5 cm thick and then cut a strip from the mass. The height of the strip depends on the thickness of your bottle, it must somehow fit together in terms of the proportions (my strip was about 15 cm long and 6 cm high).
Then you wrap a piece of newspaper around the bottle and stick it with tape. The modeling clay would stick to the bottle, but you can get it off easily through the newspaper.
Now you wrap the strip of modeling clay around the bottle and smooth the seam with your fingers.
Place the cylinder on an approx. 0.5 – 1 cm thick piece of modeling clay and cut off all around with the cutter. Spread the soil on the edges of the cylinder.
For the feet you first roll three balls of the same size, which you then roll out in a cone shape. In order for them to adhere properly to the ground, it is best to use the blade of the cutter to spread the edges of the cones.
Let your flower pot dry for about two days.
Then you can embellish it with spray paint as you wish. It is important that you also spray paint inside, that makes the compound at least a little more resistant to a few drops of water.
In addition, my loved ones get a pack of my favorite tea, because Cupper not only contains fair trade organic tea, but also a good mood on each of the beautiful packaging! Currently in February there are even three types of cupper tea at DM with a limited banderole around the packaging so that you can write a small greeting to loved ones. By the way, I gave up bending my hand in order to somehow still learn hand lettering, even if the greeting would have looked nicer (but hey, I can make flower pots :)).
And this is what it looks like when I invite you to tea time – the sun in the photo is real, isn’t that wonderful ?!
My fingers are really tingling to make the flower pots all over again with the right tone. I could also show you a few techniques for making pottery, for example how to connect two plates together. Would you be interested in it?
I wish you a wonderful weekend with lots of sun and spring feelings!