Model Air™ Poinsettia Gift Décor
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Model Air™ Poinsettia Gift Décor

Take your present wrappings to a new level with hand crafted poinsettia gift decorations. Also make great tree & stocking decorations.
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Model Air™ Air Dry Clay – White
  • Sculpey® Push Mold – Flowers & Leaves
  • Sculpey® Clay Tool Starter Set
  • Sculpey® Gloss Glaze
  • Premo! Sculpey® Glitter Set, 6-Pc. – Brights
  • Sculpey® Clay Mat
  • Spray Bottle with Water
  • Acrylic Paint – Red, Green, Bright Yellow
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft Knife
  • Fast Setting Glue – Clear
 

Project Instructions

Step 1

Using about 1/8 of the package of clay, roll the clay into a long snake about ¼" thick. Cut the snake into 15 pieces ½" long.

Step 2

Lightly mist the mold with water before pressing in the clay. You will be creating a total of 15 petals (10 large and 5 small). Only create one shape at a time in the mold. Press the clay into the petal shape, making sure to press the clay completely into the mold. Remove the excess clay that does not fit in the mold cavity. The clay should be flush with the top of the mold. To release, gently nudge the clay away from the edge of the mold toward the center of the molded piece and pop it out. Repeat this process for each of the 15 pieces.

With the remaining clay make 5 tiny balls for the center of the flower.

Step 3

Set the pieces on a nonstick flat surface to dry for 24 hours.

Step 4

Once the flower petals and leaves are dry completely, it’s time to paint them. Start by painting 5 of the large petals green to create the leaves for the poinsettia. Paint the remaining 5 large petals and the 5 small petals red. You may need to apply two coats of paint for a nice finish.

Step 5

Paint the small balls for the center yellow. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 6

Apply a light coat of Sculpey® Gloss Glaze onto the red petals only. While the gloss is still wet, sprinkle a light coating of red glitter on top. Blow off excess. Allow the gloss to dry and then apply another coat of gloss to all the petals including the green leaves.

Step 7

Once the gloss is dry, it’s time to assemble the poinsettia. Take the 5 large red leaves and arrange them in a circle so the sides are touching. To glue the petals together, apply clear fast setting glue to the sides of each petal. Next, glue the green leaves in between the large red petals. Set this aside to dry.

Step 8

Take the 5 small red petals and arrange them in a circle so the sides are touching and then glue them together. Apply a small amount of glue in the center of the small petals to adhere the 5 balls. Once the pieces are dry, stack and glue the small flower on top of the large flower to create the finished poinsettia.

 

 

Tips

To keep clay fresh, store in an airtight container. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper or disposable foil. Wash hands after use.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Phoebe Doehring.