I’m thinking ahead to spring with an easy to make DIY air dry clay carrots project. To be more specific these are air dry terra cotta clay. Keep reading to see how to make a cute little bunch of your own.
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DIY Air Dry Clay Carrots
I’ve been playing around with clay a bit, but only shared one project on the blog so far. Now I’m ready to share one of my more successful projects which is creating mini clay carrots.
Just think how cute these mini carrots will be in your spring vignettes with bunnies.
- air dry clay in terra cotta
- sculpting tools or pottery tools or
- bowl of water
- green raffia ribbon or green raffia
- craft glue
Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Yay me too!
Making Air Dry Clay Carrots
Start by covering your work surface with plastic, cardboard or paper. My craft table is metal or I’m working on a sheet of paper.
Scoop out a small portion of air dry clay at a time. I keep plastic wrap over my clay to keep it from drying out and if I need to walk away I replace the lid too.
Using your hands work the clay into little cone shapes. Slightly round the big end and the narrow tip to make it look like a carrot.
Once you make as many carrot shapes as you wish. Use a pointed wood sculpting tool to create a hole in the big end of the carrot about an inch deep.
With flat edged wood sculpting tool make small line indentions, staggering them sparingly, around the clay form. This will add dimension and a bit of character to the carrots.
Now let the clay air dry for at 3 or 4 days. Turn them a few times each day during the drying process. You’ll notice as the clay drys it becomes lighter in color.
When the carrots are dry make the stems.
Raffia Carrot Stems
To make the carrot stems I’m using green raffia ribbon, however you can also use tissue paper or construction paper.
Unfold or flatten the raffia paper and cut four pieces that are about 5 inches long. Stack the pieces and make three cuts about 3/4 of the way down. Pinch or roll the ends together so the stem is small enough to fit into the end of the carrot.
Add a dot of glue inside the hole and insert the raffia stem. Scrunch the paper a little bit to make it look fuller.
Thanks to the natural color of terra cotta clay these carrots don’t require paint. Although if you want to use white air-dry clay you can paint or decorate them as you wish.
Decorating With Mini Clay Carrots
Waiting for the clay to dry is seriously the hardest part of the whole project. I’m only mentioning that so you can make some now, and use in spring or Easter arrangements.
I think I’m truly smitten with these mini clay carrots, and I guarantee you’ll be seeing them very soon in a spring vignette I’m planning. They could also end up on my my kitchen shelf display or tied to the outside of a jar holding flowers. So many possibilities!
For more spring air dry clay projects click on my post, DIY Clay Flower Garland.
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Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed reading about my DIY air dry clay carrots. There’s plenty of time for you to make a bunch of your own to decorate with this spring.
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