As much as I’ve enjoyed creating my Christmassy decorations, I decided to take a break and concentrate on some cute gift ideas.
Most women like scented candles, but it can feel a little boring to give a pack of Yankee candles another year round (despite how delicious they smell!). So here is an easy tutorial explaining how I made this lavender inspired tea light holder, which I then wrapped up with some lavender scented candles as a personalised, thoughtful gift for a friend! It’s far easier than it looks, so even if you’re a complete beginner there’s no reason you can’t give it a go.
What you’ll need:
- Polymer clay (light purple, black, dark purple, dark red, green, pink)
- Acrylic paints (very dark purple, black, dark orange)
- Liquid clay
- Rolling tool
- Cutting tool
- Paintbrush x2
- Varnish (I use regular Fimo gloss)
- An oven
- A very clean surface
- A small butterfly mould
- A regular tea light holder
Use your tea light holder as a guide to create the main part of your holder. Place the original one on top of some rolled out light purple clay (around a 1/2 centimetre thick) and cut around it. Peel your clay off the holder and use your fingertips to very gently smooth out the edges. Put it to one side.
Roll out a big sheet of the same clay and whilst rolling the side of your holder across it, score lines all around. Cut along these lines and again smooth the edges.
Attach the sides of your candle holder to the base so that it is standing upright. Gently press the base on, ensuring you don’t lose the shape. Use some liquid clay to stick it on securely. Smooth out the seams as much as possible.
Use something small, round and hollow to cut out some circles around the sides, placing them randomly. I used my rolling tool but if you can’t find anything, a ballpoint pen with the nib clicked inside should work. Your holes can be as small as you like- it is just to let light out once the candle is inside.
Roll out some long, thin snake shapes out of your green clay. Place them onto the sides (running vertically), so that they look like stems. They can wrap around each other, twist off to the sides, whatever you think looks good. Just don’t place them over the holes you poked earlier!
Stick the stems on using some more liquid clay.
Now take your dark purple clay and roll out some shapes similar to the photo above. They’re kind of sausage shapes with the two ends becoming thinner. Bunch four together at a time and stick them onto the stems using some more liquid clay. Space them out evenly.
Use your butterfly mould to make 4-5 pink butterflies. Stick them onto your holder using liquid clay, spacing them out and making them face different directions.
NOTE: I decided to paint my butterflies later because I wasn’t a big fan of the pink, but it’s completely optional)
Now for the ladybirds. First of all, roll out some small red ovals of clay, then press them down a little so that the underneath is flat. Lightly score a line down the middle to show where the wings are folded in. Now use Some very small balls of black clay to use as the head and spots. And you guessed it- stick everything down with liquid clay.
Bake until hard. This should take approximately 30 minutes on gas mark 4 (180 degrees Celsius). Check every ten minutes to ensure it is not burning.
Once the clay is hard and has had time to cool down, use your acrylic paints to add some shading. As I said earlier, I painted my butterflies, which is completely up to you. I also added some dark purple paint to the sides of the flowers. Leave to dry.
Step ten: Now just paint on an even layer of varnish (make sure you use a small brush so that you can get into all of the little gaps), leave to dry completely and you’re finished!
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Have a great day, and have fun creating!