Bring your herb garden Inside!
Stamp these decorative pendants with your own fresh herbs!
How about having a ladies night out where you stamp clay with your herbs
while learning how to use the herbs in new recipes? The project might even
be ready to take home at the end of the night! Sound like a party?
At ACTÍVA Products, we are all about art and having fun doing it!
This project is rated kid friendly!!
ACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kit or rolling pin and two paint sticks
Small cup of water
Wooden skewer or needle tool
Different fresh herbs to press in clay
Three small colored jars (Michael’s $1.50 each)
ModPodge or clear nail polish
Acrylic paint in a darker color such as raw sienna or burnt umber
Aleene’s tacky glue
Cut off a piece of Plus clay about the size of a pecan. In your hands, roll
clay to a narrow cylinder about an inch and a half long.
Place wax paper over your work area, and begin using rolling pin to roll out clay.
The clay should be about 3/16” thick. If the clay is thicker, it will take longer to dry.
With your fingers, take water and smooth out the edges if there are any cracked
edges. Take the herb you would like to press in and arrange it the way you would
like it to look. With rolling pin, roll herb into the clay.
Carefully remove the herb without disturbing the clay. With wooden skewer
or needle tool, poke a hole in the top to thread twine through. Let this dry.
To speed up drying, put on cookie sheet in oven on 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
This should take about an hour depending on the thickness.
When dry, water down the dark acrylic paint and make a wash for the pendant.
Paint the wash over it and then wipe it off with a clean tissue.
Let dry. Brush ModPodge or clear nail polish to seal it. With black marker
you might want to label the type of herb. These pendants are for decorative
use only, so keep them away from water.
To assemble jars, cut two pieces of twine about 18” long for each jar. Wrap
one strand of the twine around the neck of the jar and glue the ends down.
Thread twine through the hole in the pendant and tie this at the pendant.
Wrap the extra twine at the end of the pendant around the back and then
front and then tie at back of the jar. Glue the ends of the twine down.
Place fresh herbs in your jar with water and sit on a window sill. Enjoy
the fragrance of fresh herbs!!!
Photography and Artwork created by Karen Lowrey