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Adding Trimmings One and Two to a Dollar Tree Wooden Door Hanger

Materials: 

Wood Seasonal Door Hanger 

Trimmings 1 or Trimming 2 Iron Orchid Designs (IOD) Moulds

IOD Air Dry Clay 

Tite Bond Quick and Thick or Alene’s Tacky Glue

DIY paints in Greens

DIY Clear and Dark Waxes

Brushes

soft cloth

 

To create your seasonal door hanger you need a seasonal wood shape. I like to get these at my local Dollar Tree. I also have some wood shapes available on my website if you can’t find them locally. For this example I am using a wooden shamrock.But you could use an egg, flower, chick, sun, flag, or any other fun seasonal shape. 

 

Step 1 - Using your Trimming Mould and Air Dry Clay create clay castings. It helps to sprinkle the mould with corn starch and brush away excess. 

I press the clay in with my hand into the mould. Then I use a putty knife at a 45 degree angle to remove the excess clay and get a smooth side.

Turn the mould over and gently remove the casting. 

Step 2 - As you make a casting use Tite Bond Glue or Alene’s Glue to attach your casting to each part of the design. You can completely cover the wood design or leave some spaces open. In this case I am just putting a design around the shamrock edges. 

I use the putty knife to make a clean cut where pieces meet. 

Continue until you have your mould castings glued down. 

If the castings cover the hanging holes in the piece use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to push a hole through the clay. 

Step 3 - Allow to dry overnight or at, least an hour before painting. If there is cracking in the clay you can fill in the cracks with small pieces of clay. 

Step 4 - Paint the sections of your piece with your  DIY paints. Since I am painting a shamrock I am using several green DIY paint colors. Let dry or use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed drying.

Step 5 - Clear wax the piece. Then add dark wax to enhance the details in the clay. Buff with a soft cloth.White wax also looks great on some designs. This Easter egg is waxed with white wax. 

Step 6 - Add a bit of string to hang and use your piece on a door to greet your family and friends. These also look cute on a small easel. 

Clay storage Hint*** Keep your clay in a zip bag when you are not using it. To store your clay when your project is completed place the bag in another bag with a damp paper towel or baby wipe. 

 

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