Clay is one of the few craft mediums I’d never worked with. I had a few good years with play dough (around years 4, 5, and 6…) but now that I’m a little older I thought I would try grown up play dough – oven bake clay!
I’ve seen tons of tutorials on creating a marbled look with clay (which is totally on my to-do list) but I wanted a simple project to start with so I can get the feel of working with this product. This tutorial for DIY plant markers is perfect for someone (like me) who has never used oven bake clay before.
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Begin by rolling out your clay. It’s much more firm than playdough but same general idea. You can roll it into a ball with your hands, then use a nonstick rolling pin to roll it out flat until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. I created these DIY plant markers with one package of blue oven bake clay.
After you’ve rolled the clay flat use the xacto knife to cut out a long rectangle with a pointed end. You could measure this out to make sure the size is exact, but there’s no reason to. I just eyeballed it and mine were fine. If for some reason you mess up, just roll it back into a ball and start over! I cut mine on the silicon baking mat, but that’s not recommended on the mat’s package. What can I say, I’m a rebel 🙂 Just be careful if you do this not to cut your mat.
After you’ve got your makers cut, you are ready to stamp them! I put the names of herbs on the ones I made. I used small alphabet stamps.
Next up, it’s time to bake. Follow the baking instructions on your clay package. I put mine on a silicon baking mat so they’d be easy to remove. Side note: does anyone have a clean oven? Is that a thing? Because mine is never clean.
After they’ve “cooked” let them cool before handling them. Then you’re ready to add paint. I added paint to fill in the indents from the stamps on each of the letters and wiped off the excess with a paper towel. This made it much easier to read! I used DecoArt patio paint since these will be outside!
Your last step is to put them in your garden and enjoy! I gave these as a gift and they would be a perfect housewarming or hostess present!