Pinning with Autumn: Leaf-Imprinted Clay Necklace

Autumn Granza, Editor-in- Chief

Fall is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but fall makes my fashion senses tingle. I love homemade jewelry, so when I saw this particular Pinterest Pin, I had to try it. The Pin, by “Happy Hour Projects” allows you to create a great DIY necklace using the best part of fall, the leaves.

What you will need:

1. 1 small-medium leaf that is not too crunchy

2. Polymer clay

3. A rolling pin

4. A sheet pan

5. A paint brush and acrylic paint (optional)

6. A chain for a necklace


How to create it:

Step 1– Take the Polymer clay and roll it into a small ball.

Step 2– Put the ball of clay on the sheet pan, take the rolling pin and begin to roll out the clay. Make sure not to make it too thin, it should be about 1/4 inch.

Step 3– Take your leaf and put it vein side down on the clay.

Step 4– Turn the clay over and roll, leaf side down. This insures that the leaf imprint is prominent on the clay

Step 5- Turn the clay over and peel back the leaf.

Step 6– Take a circular object (such as a cookie cutter), choose the part of the leaf to include in your necklace and put the circular object around it to cut out a small circular pendant. Also, punch out a small circle at the top, this can be done with a needle. This is where your chain will go.

Step 7– Put on the sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. Once it’s done, let cool.

Step 8 (optional)- If you want to add some color to your necklace, grab some acrylic paint and paint the pendant. Make sure to get in the cracks so the veins of the leaf show on the clay. Take a wet paper towel and dab off any excess paint. Once the paint dries, put on the chain and enjoy your homemade necklace.

Now you have an interesting handmade necklace that shows your love for fall and crafting, so show it off.


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