Planning a wedding + starting a new calligraphy business at the same time wasn’t one of my brightest ideas, but it’s been incredibly fulfilling to do! So recently I was doing some crafting for my bridal shower and the theme is midcentury modern. I thought that it would be super cool to share my favourite plants, air plants, as party favours. I thought they needed a little nest, so making gold or copper color block air plant pods would be perfect! Right after this shoot I added a little kraft tag with my guests’ names so they also doubled as a place card. How perfect is that! I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous photos from Lani Elias, and I’ll definitely share them when they get back!
What you’ll need:
- Sculpey clay
- Gold or Copper Leafing Pen
- Air plants
- Baking pan
This little project is so easy I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
I love working with sculpey They’re so easy to use!
Step 1: Grab a small piece and start kneading and rolling them with your hands.
Step 2. Roll it into a ball.
Step 3: Press the center of the ball and then start shaping it into a small bowl. The air plants I got were about 1 inch in diameter in terms of their base, so I made these bowls around 1.5 inches in diameter.
Step 4: After forming a whole bunch of them, I popped them into a metal baking pan and into the oven. I just followed the instructions on the box, which is to put it at 275 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. These were a little thick, so I did 20.
Part of where I got this idea was when I saw this unique ceramic Japanese Sake pitcher that looked handmade. So I thought it wouldn’t be so hard to recreate a handmade look to small bowls, where imperfections make it perfect. I must say I did love these little bowls in white, too! The simplicity / minimalism is gorgeous.
Step 5: I picked up my copper leafing pen. These are seriously THE BEST at anything metallic in shade on any surface. I often use my leafing pens for making signs, too! I started to draw and “paint” some random spots on the white bowls. Then, I picked up my gold leafing pen and started drawing, too.
Seriously, have fun with it! There were some that I just did the tips, some I did two color blocks, some I did the bottoms, sky’s the limit! :)
Then, when you’re done, pop in the air plant. I heart air plants because they love light and also are so low maintenance! Soaking them in some water every two weeks? Are you serious? LOVE them.
Got a little too excited and kept shooting away! Because come on, aren’t they just the perfect accent to your table?