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Project

Clay Flowers

Sure to fool anyone's eye, these breathtaking hydrangea bouquets are actually created by manipulating pieces of ClayCraft -- air-dried clay that is soft, durable, and lightweight -- into beautiful flower shapes.

Materials

  • ClayCraft clay (white, yellow, blue, red)
  • Thin blade scissors
  • Small detail sticks or toothpicks
  • Cookie rack
  • 24-gauge floral wire
  • Craft glue
  • Floral tape
  • Vase
  • Green clay-covered Styrofoam
  • Leaves or plastic floral fillers (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by mixing the clay to achieve your desired colors. To make green, take a baseball-size portion of white clay. Take about a dime-size ball of yellow clay and a ball of blue clay about 1/3 the size of the yellow. Mix the yellow and blue together to make a classic green. Then, use about half of the ball of this green clay and mix it with the white until it is evenly blended and you have a light green color. To make periwinkle blue, mix white clay with blue and just a little bit of red.

  2. Step 2

    Make 12 small even-size balls of clay in any color you choose. (Martha used the pale-green color described in step 1.) Using the rounded base of your palm, roll ball into a teardrop. Repeat for all 12 balls.

  3. Step 3

    Take scissors and cut the larger end of the teardrop in half, then cut each side in half again to make 4 petals.

  4. Step 4

    Using your index finger as a base, roll a toothpick over the newly cut petals to flatten out and create a petal-like shape. Repeat for all 12 teardrops.

  5. Step 5

    With your index finger and thumb, gently twist the top edge of each petal to create more of a dimension. Repeat for all 12 blossoms.

  6. Step 6

    Take a tiny teardrop of the clay and with a toothpick, place in the center of the blossom. Repeat for all 12 blossoms.

  7. Step 7

    Attach three blossoms to each other by sticking the damp clay together to form one cluster. Repeat process until you have four clusters of three. Let dry on cookie rack for 24 hours.

  8. Step 8

    Attach 24-gauge floral wire to each cluster by dipping the tip of the floral wire in glue, and sticking into bottom of cluster. Repeat process for all four clusters.

  9. Step 9

    Wrap floral tape around the base of cluster and floral wire. Tape 4 clusters together to form one hydrangea flower bunch.

  10. Step 10

    Stick hydrangea flower bunches into vase with green clay covered Styrofoam to create arrangement. Add leaves or plastic floral fillers if desired.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Reviews (36)

  • Pinkycat 15 May, 2011

    This may seem like a stupid question, but how do you keep the blooms dust free? With silk flowers you can use the spray, what do you do for clay blooms?

  • iris9434 23 Nov, 2010

    +i+love+making+the+clay+flowers+and+have+been+doing+it+for+many+years%2C+and+then+i+found+the+website+www.pattyclayflowers.com.+I+bought+tools+and+many++cutters+as+well+as+th...

  • pushaw32 17 May, 2010

    The air dry clay is as light as aa feather, so the whole blossom would not be very heavy!

  • DebbieDurham 13 May, 2010

    This calls for AIR DRY CLAY, has anyone ever tried it with OVEN BAKED CLAY? Do both types of clay turn out about the same? I have lots of oven baked clay, but I've never used the air dry type. I wonder if it matters. Would love to hear from someone who has worked with both.

  • DebbieDurham 13 May, 2010

    This calls for AIR DRY CLAY, has anyone ever tried it with OVEN BAKED CLAY? Do both types of clay turn out about the same? I have lots of oven baked clay, but I've never used the air dry type. I wonder if it matters. Would love to hear from someone who has worked with both.

  • rock63roll64 13 May, 2010

    WOW! LOVED THIS TECHNIQUE!! THANKS DIANE AND MARTHA. I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH HERE. YOU ARE GREAT!!

  • marycost 23 Mar, 2009

    Crayold makes a couple of air-dry clay products. My favorite is called MODEL MAGIC. It is very easy to use and is not sticky. The other air-dry class Crayola makes is hard to work with, in my opinion. Kids love Model Magic and the clean-up is minimal. It may be easier to find than some of the other brands mentioned here.

  • loe 22 Mar, 2009

    My goodness give her a break. She was concentrating on making the blossoms. She was very appreciative and complementary of the young lady.

  • Starbuxgal 18 Aug, 2008

    also a class from Sumi Fu in Costa Mesa, CA - once I learned basic tech I was able to make flowers from Clay Art book!

  • Starbuxgal 18 Aug, 2008

    cont....

  • Starbuxgal 18 Aug, 2008

    I took a private instr class fr Diane Phillips

  • JayEl 19 Jun, 2008

    To Spiritinmind:
    This website might be of help. Magic Dip Kit will marblize anything that can be dipped in water.

    Try: http://www.magicdip.com/

    Hope this helps. I have a friend with MS and shie is an inspiration to me.

  • ovestobake 18 Apr, 2008

    I love this craft, and I agree, it's probably one of the best you're featured! It also has good instructions with it. Thank you for featuring it!!

  • crlove 15 Apr, 2008

    Some asked where to buy the product. I ordered mine from www.decoclay.com online and I received it really quick. I have been having so much fun!

  • spiritinmind 15 Apr, 2008

    Paper clay sounds neat, love to do it, how do your do that or the web site?
    Thanks bunches!. I ordered Clay craft and love paper craft so much!
    I am in search of how to marbleize paper. I did it years ago but do not remember?
    Information on how to make the solution to put the paint in is hard to find?
    Anyone that knows I would appreciate it. I have Muliplte Sclerosis and these carfts from Marhta Stewart and her show have really helped me physically and I feel good making something! Thanks!

  • rabbithorses 14 Apr, 2008

    TRY PAPER CLAY THAT'S WHAT I USE IT WORKS GREAT.

  • keani 8 Apr, 2008

    You can check out www.etsy.com. This web site sell all handmade items.

  • keani 8 Apr, 2008

    This product does sell in US.

  • keani 8 Apr, 2008

    The online store tthat sell all handmade items is www.etsy.com. Check it out!!! There are lot of handmade and unique items.

  • bemerson25 7 Apr, 2008

    During this episode they spoke of some on-line resouce for selling your craft projects. Does anyone know about that site? Thank you.

  • deefoley 6 Apr, 2008

    Are these products sold in the US?

  • lilleilei 4 Apr, 2008

    Sorry, my earlier comment was cut off. I've taken DECO classes w/Diane and just wanted to mention, so it's no surprise, that flowers

  • judijudi 4 Apr, 2008

    OOPs...I'm sorry it 's more like the CRAYOLA COLOR MAGIC clay...also a favorite!

  • judijudi 4 Apr, 2008

    OOPs...I'm sorry it 's more like the CRAYOLA COLOR MAGIC clay...also a favorite!

  • judijudi 4 Apr, 2008

    WOW.
    t's wild that they are made out of SCULPEY...hard to believe it's the same stuff my kids play with!
    Nice job with the POLYMER CLAY Diane!

  • judijudi 4 Apr, 2008

    WOW.
    t's wild that they are made out of SCULPEY...hard to believe it's the same stuff my kids play with!
    Nice job with the POLYMER CLAY Diane!

  • judijudi 4 Apr, 2008

    WOW.
    t's wild that they are made out of SCULPEY...hard to believe it's the same stuff my kids play with!
    Nice job with the POLYMER CLAY Diane!

  • LazyTcrochet 4 Apr, 2008

    Well done! Beautiful flowers. Congrats Diane!

  • lilleilei 3 Apr, 2008

    I've taken DECO classes with Diane Phillips, who is wonderful

  • lilleilei 3 Apr, 2008

    I've taken DECO classes with Diane Phillips, who is wonderful

  • yank 3 Apr, 2008

    What was the web site that they talked about for craft supplies?

  • punkin42 2 Apr, 2008

    I don't know if you have a Hobby Lobby where you live; but they have the clay.
    I got some there about a month ago. I make Roses, and decorative Christmas collectable ball ornaments with it.

  • crlove 1 Apr, 2008

    I don't think you can find it anywhere but the Deco Clay Co. I called around and nobody has it. I'm ordering online or they gave a phone number you can call and order by credit card. It's not that expensive! That stuff they used for paw prints was probably that real heavy stuff that dries and feels like concrete. This clay product is light and airy. I know because just recently I was given an angel made from it (awesome!). I fell in love with it. I can't wait for my order and book to arrive.

  • Bree13 1 Apr, 2008

    I live in Toronto Canada, what other product that is similar to this clay, that I can use for this craft, what is the paw print product that was used. Can anyone give me any tips that Michaels may carry that is close . Thankyou from Bree in T.O.

  • cristielove 1 Apr, 2008

    This is so beautiful I loved this project so much that I got on-line and ordered everything I needed to get started I have soo many uses for this idea its gonna be a clay everywhere....

  • DianeLPM 1 Apr, 2008

    We have used a product similar to ClayCraft to make paw imprints of our beloved cocker spaniels over the years because it is so quick and easy to use with the dogs. This way we will always have an imprint of their paw just as we used to do with a child's hand print in clay. Diane Martin, Wheaton, Illinois