In this step-by-step guide, I will show you how to use Crayola Air Dry Clay to create unique terra cotta pots by adding fun butterflies and knobs and white wax and make them look vintage!
Every month my friends and I in the Handcrafted Society share a fun project and this month we all made something with air dry clay.
If you want to see all the creative ways you can use air dry clay to make beautiful things, they are all linked at the bottom of this post!
- Terra Cotta Crayola air dry clay
- Terra cotta pots of all sizes
- Iron Orchid Designs Butterfly Mold
- Scenery Products blended turf, fine green powder from the model section at Hobby Lobby
- Amy Howard at Home Liming wax
How to use Crayola air dry clay to make vintage pots
- I used Crayola air dry clay in the color terra cotta
Rather than using white and painting everything to match, Crayola has this terra cotta color and it is so good.
I used such a tiny amount to make this entire project, but I suggest you only do one small scoop at a time rather than getting a big scoop out and working fast to get it into the molds.
- Work the clay
Work the clay around in your hands to warm it up and make it pliable.
It will get your hands orange but it washes right off and didn’t stain my hands.
I worked the clay into a shape that would fit along the lines or size of the spot in the mold where it was going.
- Work the clay into your mold
Press the pliable clay into the mold and push firmly to make sure your air dry clay is going to get all the details.
- Lift the air dry clay out of the mold
I make my molded design and immediately remove it.
Do this by lifting the mold and gently working the clay out
Then I laid it over the terra cotta pot so that, as it started to dry but before I was done making molds, that it would be drying in the right shape of the terra cotta pot.
- Use polyacrylic to adhere the molds to the pots
I used polyacrylic to “glue” my molds onto the pots. It worked great! I went in after it dried and sealed the entire pot and the air dry clay mold with the polyacrylic because they are going to be outside.
- White Wax
After my sealer dried, I went in with Amy Howard at Home Liming wax to “age” the pots and molded clay to make it look aged and vintage.
I added a generous amount all over and used a cross-hatch pattern (verticle strokes and then horizontal) and I wiped any excess back with a lint-free cloth.
- Green Turf
I found this green turf when I was looking for flocking and I wanted to see how it would work as “moss”. It turned out so good!
I got it in the model section at Hobby Lobby where the War Scenes, airplane and car model things are.
- Use Polycrylic or glue to adhere the “moss” as well
I poured it into a small cup and then added polyacrylic exactly where I wanted it to be. Sprinkle it on over a paper towel to make it easy to put back into your package when you’re done.
Aren’t these pots precious?
They turned out so adorable!
What can you do with Crayola air dry clay?
I have used lots of brands of air dry clay and Crayola is my favorite. Just like their crayons, they just have the formula perfected. It dries hard and the color choices are really great.
I love terra-cotta so I have several more projects to make with this tub.
You can check out all of the projects my friends did to get some great ideas for what to make!
Really the sky and your imagination are the limit!
Handcrafted Society Projects
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