Bring the beauty of autumn leaves indoors. Theis warm, colorful maple leaf mobile will brighten even the cloudiest day.
What You'll Need
- 7 packs of polymer clay (2 ounces each): 1 crimson, 2 red, 3 yellow, 1 green
- Waxed paper
- Rolling pin
- Maple leaf cookie cutter, 3 inches wide
- Clay modeling tools
- Medium nail
- Aluminum foil
- Baking sheet
- Cardinal red acrylic paint
- 1/4-inch flat paintbrush
- 6-inch wood hoop
- 5/8-inch round wood bead
- Hand drill, 1/16-inch bit
- 5 yards satin cord, 1mm
- 1-inch S hook
- Craft glue
Step 1: Combine 2 colors of clay for each leaf (crimson/red; yellow/green; yellow/red).Condition 1/2 ounce of light color clay and 1/4 ounce of dark clay.
(To condition, roll and squeeze clay until it is soft and pliable.) Put 2 clays together, and mix them until marbled. Do not over mix!
Step 2: Place clay between 2 sheets of waxed paper and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut out a leaf. Use clay modeling tools to draw veins on both sides of leaf. Use nail to make a small hole in a leaf point for hanging.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all leaves; make 5 of each color combination. Add clay scraps to next leaf, but do not overknead. (Keep color combinations consistent.)
Step 4: With leftover clay, make 15 beads. Use nail to make a hole through each for hanging. Make 10 half beads, each with 1 flat side.
Step 5: Place clay items on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Let cool.
Step 6: Paint wood hoop and wood bead red. Let dry. Repeat for complete coverage. Let dry. Drill 5 equally spaced holes in hoop.
Step 7: Cut cord into five 1-yard lengths. Tie all cords onto S-hook, and thread through wood bead. Add glue to hold bead on cord. Thread each cord through a hole in hoop twice, making a loop on top of hoop. Hold up S-hook, and even out all cords. Place glue on each cord at hoop. Glue half beads evenly around hoop. Let glue dry.
Step 8: Starting with beads, thread 3 beads and 3 leaves on each cord. Knot to hold objects in place. Space beads and leaves evenly on cord. Place a dab of glue on each knot to prevent slipping. Trim cord ends.
For something a little more in the Halloween tradition, try the next project: Jack doorknob tassels.