Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thrift Store Canister Clay Embellishments

It's that time again for The Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge on the fourth   Thursday of each month! Here, a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item. Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!  

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Presently, the world is going through a health crisis and for those of us who are not on the front lines either providing healthcare or essential needs, we are sheltering at home and practicing social distancing. Crafting for me has always been a calming effect and healing pastime which I'm grateful for. 

 Luckily, I've collected a few items from the thrift stores well before this crisis.  One of them is this awesome canister I found at the Goodwill a couple of years ago for $4. What a bargain! Although I didn't have a clue what I would do with it other than to use it for storage. I loved the color - but not so much the painted-on flowers. Fortunately, I was able to sand them off. 

I've been playing with clay lately - something I didn't like doing as a child. I could never make anything decent with it. But now there seems to be some amazing things you can do with clay!  Like make flowers and even a decorative leaf dish! I've made clay flowers before - you can find the tutorial here. But these clay flowers are different in that I used fondant plunger cutters to make them. It's a great way to create embellishments and add dimension to items.

Here's how:

  • Knead a small piece of air dry clay until soft and pliable and place on a sheet of parchment paper.

  •  Next, use a rolling pin to flatten out the clay.

  •  Then use fondant cutters to make the flower. They are similar to cookie cutters except they have a built in plunger that pushes the clay out of the cutter. 

  • Next, apply E6000 glue to the underside of the flowers and sti them on the top of the canister to dry.

  •  Then glue a few more on to the front of the canister, too.

  • After drying, pain the flowers using  Plaid Metallic Plum Paint. 

  •  And for a cute effect, place a white dot in the center of the flowers after the plum paint has dried.

What a fun way to update a thrift store find!

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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  1. Such a cute idea. Working with clay sounds fun with lots of different molds out there. Take care Gail.

  2. Your clay flowers are just beautiful! What a pretty makeover.

    1. Thanks, Jenny! There are so many designs available in the fondant plunger to make lots of different flowers! I'm hooked!

  3. Oh, I love this, Gail. I haven't used those plungers, now I want to!

  4. Que bonito reciclaje, me encanta tu imaginación y lo que siempre llevas a cabo.
    Cuídate mucho mucho más estos días tan difíciles que estamos pasando todos.


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