DIY Clay Wall Hangings

With Pinterest seemingly becoming less and less relevant (is anyone else having an issue where no matter who you follow or what you do your feed feels like it is all ads and no good crafts?) I have taken to scrolling Urban Outfitters apartment section when I need a dose of inspiration.

It’s perfect because it’s always too expensive to consider buying no matter how much I like (#journalismpay) but usually capable of being DIY-ed with a little bit of thought.

I have this beautiful set of French doors into my dining room, and I needed something to flank either side of them. I had some antlers but really they were too small, and I wanted something different (and cheaper to make) than a weaving.

That’s when I spotted these guys.

I love them. They’re textural but not fuzzy, so they won’t collect dirt the way a macrame I made seems too. I haven’t seen them everywhere yet. And they are just beautiful.

The second one I deemed too hard to DIY well.

The first one however was perfect. The Urban version uses metal, clay and and stone, but I used sculpey oven bake clay, gold foil, chain and a dowel. This is how it came out.

Here’s the step by step.

1. A rolled out the sculpey clay using a marble rolling pin, I like because it’s heavy and then used a cup as a cutter to cut out the circles. They’re about three inches across. I made three “flesh colored circles, 4 white colored ones, 4 all while half circles and three ‘marbled’ half circles.

2. I used a toothpick to cut out the holes and then on the “flesh” colored ones, I used a popsicle stick to add a bit of texture.

3. Bake per package instructions.

4. While baking, screw in eyelets to the dowel. Two on top for the chin it will hang from, and three off the bottom for the different strand to hang from.

5. Cut the chain. To make sure everything hangs evenly, the chain has to be cut pretty precisely. I counted links, but essentially I did 2 in, 2in, 2 1/2in, 1 1/2 in and 1 in for the two sides and  and 2in, 2in, 1 1/2 in, 1 1/2 in and 2in for the middle strand.

4. When the clay gets out of the oven and cools, gold foil the four white circles to add a bit of interest.

5. Lay them out in the pattern seen above. Attached a jump ring to each hole and use that to attach the chain to the disks.

6. String them all together, attach the chain across the top and hang them up.

I love how they turned out. It fills the space and it cost me under $20 to make the pair.

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