I got an idea to make this wall charm a few weeks ago after looking at pottery for too long on my Pinterest. Pottery kind of wows me, it’s something about the process from earth to art that is truly astonishing. As it turns out, working with clay is also therapeutic.
I spent about an hour last Saturday putting these together and I think they turned out great. With the amount of clay I had, I could’ve made three of these but I decided to make two and gift the other one to a friend. Here’s how I did it:
- assortment of polymer clay, I used about 4 pkgs
- 2 pieces of rope each 1 yard in length
- cylindrical object like a paint brush to punch holes into the clay
- First things first, roll out your clay. Make sure it’s smooth and crease-free. Form several balls of clay in various sizes. Mine were about 1in-1.5in in diameter.
- Next, make your beads. You can use real clay tools or just use what ever you have around the house. I used the end of a paint brush to make the holes and a knife to cut out the squares. Use your creativity to make any kind of shaped bead you want.
- Use some kind of tool to punch holes through the middle of the shapes to turn them into beads. You can gauge to see if the hole is large enough by running your rope through the hole and making sure they fit.
- Once all of your shapes have been made, follow the directions on your clay and bake the beads in the oven. Mine were ready in 30 minutes at 275° but this might vary depending on the clay.
- Take the beads out and let them cool. Once they are cool start spacing them out the way you want them and keep this spacing in mind for when you start tying the rope.
- Tie a knot at one end of the rope and let some of the rope hang down, mine was about 2in. Make sure the opposite end of the rope is taped off so that the rope won’t unravel while you work with it. Start adding beads and tying them off as you go so that they stay in place.
- When you get to the last bead, take the remaining rope and form a loop above the last bead. Add a bit of glue from the hot glue gun to the backside of the rope and seal the loop together.
And there you have it! A fun and easy DIY that perfect to spend doing on a cozy day inside. Share your results with me if you decide to make one yourself!