Dazzle your decor with STYROFOAM! This glorious garden-lover's clock and welcome sign make ideal gifts too if you can bear to part with them.
Completion time – 4 hours
Blocks, 18" x 12" x 1"
Acrylic paints: cream; terra cotta; dark green;metallic gold; metallic green patina
Matte-finish acrylic sealer
Fresh geranium leaf
Terra cotta air-dry clay
rolling pin; woven placemat or textured fabric
Clock movement and hands
Alphabet/number stickers of choice
Flat-backed glass marbles, 21
Wooden garden stake
Candle stub or paraffin
Fine-line black permanent marker
Medium flat paintbrush
Small natural sponge
Soft, lint-free cloth
Sissors: regular; serrated scallop decorative-edge
Sawtooth picture hanger with nails
Glue for STYROFOAM
Optional: Large cardboard box
1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Measure
and cut one 9" square (clock) and one 6-1/2" x 9-1/2"
rectangle (sign) from foam block. Frimly press foam sides
against hard work surface to smooth cut edges and round
corners. Push pencil tip through center of clock to create
hole for clock movement.
2. Roll clay to 1/8" thickness. Cover entire surface of each
foam piece with clay, piecing seams as needed. Gently press
out air bubbles while working. Use rolling pin or work surface
to smooth any visible fingerprints, then press placemat or
fabric into clay to create unique texture.
3. For sign, insert top of garden stake into center bottom
edge and remove. Apply glue to end of stake before inserting
into hole; let dry.
4. Roll clay to 1/8" thickness. Press geranium leaf, vein
side down, several times into clay; designer used seven leaves
on sign and ten on clock. Use regular scissors to cut clay
shapes apart, leaving border around each leaf. Use scallop
scissors to cut each leaf from clay, creating signature
ruffled edge and trimming to desired size.
5. For leaf stems, roll thin ropes of clay. To attach stems
and leaves to surface, use fingertip to lightly coat back of
clay shape with water before gently pressing to surface. Refer
to photo for placement. Add each leaf and its stem individually.
6. Roll clay to 1/8" thickness. Use flower cutter to cut
several shapes from clay. Use scissors to snip clay between
petals, amost to center. Pinch center to gather petals,
moisten back with water and press to surface. Repeat as
desired, overlapping blossoms. Refer to photo for placement.
7. Let dry overnight, turning shapes periodically to be sure
each side dries. Color will lighten as clay dries. If any clay
pieces come loose, gently remove and re-glue to clock or sign.
8. Paint garden stake with two coats terra cotta; let dry.
Thin cream paint with water and brush over all surfaces of
clock and sign, including stake; remove excess with soft
cloth, leaving paint in crevices. Let dry.
9. Follow manufacturer's instructions to sponge paint raised
clay areas and garden stake with gold, then green patina,
paint; let dry between colors. Repeat as desired. Let dry.
10. Place clock and sign inside large cardboard box. Spatter
paint surface of both pieces with dark green; to spatter
paint, barely dip toothbrush bristles into paint before
dragging thumbnail acress bristles. Let dry.
11. Apply two coats of matte sealer to each piece; let dry.
12. Following manufacturer's instructions, insert clock
movement. Adhere number stickers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock or
as desired. Glue marbles on top of stickers; let dry. Apply
glue to tips of picture hanger nails before inserting into
hanger at top center of back of clock.
13. Adhere letter stickers to sign, spelling "Welcome to my
garden" or desired message; allow extra room between letters
to accommodate marbles. Glue marbles on top of stickers; let dry.
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