Egg Coaster

Hello friends! I come to you today with a strange but fun DIY which I think is also really easy to make.

I like strange home-ware, which often goes completely against my original ideas on how I want to decorate my home or desk area, and have therefore acquired some strange pieces popping up around my home among my less strange and more fitting home-ware pieces. (An example of this is two small bowls I have painted to look like a watermelon cut in half and of a grapefruit cut in half. Do they match my kitchen set? No. Do I like them anyways? Yes.) So here I am today adding yet another strange idea for a home-ware item to my home with a DIY egg coaster! Why an egg you might ask? I don’t actually have an answer for this other than because why not.

For the first part of this craft you don’t need a whole lot of materials except for the materials shown below. I would also like to note that you don’t necessarily need to use air dry clay, you could use polymer clay or any other clay you prefer, I personally feel like air dry is the best for this project though. The pen and paper are also not vital but I am a person who likes to have a template so that I don’t spend a whole lot of time looking for the shape I want for my egg.

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First, roll out your clay to your desired thickness, I was going for a rather thick coaster so I made mine about half a centimeter but if you want it to be thinner then flatten it to the thickness you want. As I mentioned I drew out my egg onto a piece of paper and cut it out to help with this next step. Using the template I placed it on the clay and cut out my egg shape.

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Now, you can skip this next step if you want but I wanted to give my egg some more dimension to it so for the yolk part I made a smaller circle using the excess clay, being sure to make it a lot thinner than the larger shape I made because you still want to be able to put glasses comfortably on your coaster. I then carved out a small portion in the main body of the coaster where the yolk goes and placed the circle I made earlier inside of it.

Using water I removed the rough edges and smoothed the circle into the rest of the area and was left with what you see below. If you don’t want to do this then I suggest just drawing out a circle where you want the yolk to be or simply paint it on later.

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I let mine dry over night and didn’t end up touching it until later in the afternoon the next day because I wanted to be sure it had dried completely since I had made mine so thick.

Now it’s time to paint it! For this next part you will need white and yellow (or orange) paint, and used some mod podge to seal it all in. For the paint I did two coats for both the white and the yellow just to be sure that there would be no thin patches or holes or streaks in the final result. I let the paint dry for about 15 to 30 minutes  (or two episodes of adventure time) and then I went over it with two coats of mod podge just to be sure it was well sealed because I didn’t want the paint washing off were I to put something wet on it.

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And that’s it! It’s as easy as that! I think it would also be cool to paint the yolk different colors just to be different and spunky because why not. I hope you enjoyed this and if you do make this I would love to see it, tag me on instagram or use the hashtag #craftingwithaleck!

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Mini Spring DIY

Spring has finally arrived, although you wouldn’t think so with the weather we’ve been having but that’s Canada for you, always the last to get the memos about change of season. Either way there’s a lot less snow on the ground, the days are feeling longer, tulips are popping up in every shop and I’m definitely starting to get into the mood of it all. In the spirit of spring I thought it would be fun to share a little DIY with you guys!

I recently visited my local Micheals for spring craft and home decor ideas and I stumbled into their clay section and fell in love with some of their pastel colors (obviously). I found three that I thought would best suit the scheme I was looking for and made a really cute statement necklace! This DIY was really fun to make and I hope it’s easy enough to understand for you to be able to create for yourself (I also filmed the process so if you want me to put that all together and post it to YouTube for a sort of tldr then let me know!).

What you will need for this project:

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Other things you might need that I didn’t include here are a ruler, thick needle, and scissors. The clay roller is also optional, I use it to warm up the clay.

Cut a section of your clay and knead it to warm it up then roll it into a ball to your desired size. I wanted mine to be about 2cm (about half an inch) and I repeated this for each of my three colors.Animated-balls

Use your needle to poke a hole through the middle of the ball, making sure not to dent or squish it, to create the bead. Do this for all three. Once that’s done put them on some aluminium foil on a baking tray and put them in the oven for 30 minutes at 230 degrees Celsius. Something to note: I used the Fimo baking clay, some other brands might call for different baking instructions so be sure to double check before popping them in the oven.

Once their done baking it’s time to put it all together. I changed the color of my thread at the last moment because I also thought the lighter string looked better with the color combination than the darker one I originally planned. I was also kind of disappointed because the green came out looking darker than it originally was in the package, but oh well.0534 sg

Cut your thread to your desired length, I chose 36 inches but you can make it longer or shorter. Choose the pattern you wish to have on your necklace, thread on the beads and tie it off and you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed this mini DIY and gave you a cute new addition to your spring wardrobe, I know it did for me.(I especially like it paired with this new blue dress shirt I got and honestly wish I could wear this outfit all day every day.) If you would like me to do more DIY’s then just let me know, I’m always crafting up something and would love to share!

Happy spring!

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