Brighten Up Your Summer with a New Medium!

Brighten Up Your Summer with a New Medium!

Summer is the perfect time to dive into something new be able to create with a novelty craft medium! We've found two that we can't wait to dive into this summer! 

Crafting with polymer clay and needle felting are perfect activities for summer. Both mediums offer endless possibilities for creativity, and they’re a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Let’s dive into some exciting projects you can try with these versatile materials and bring some summer vibes into your creations. 

Polymer Clay Projects

Polymer clay is a fantastic medium for creating colorful and durable crafts. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

1. Miniature Garden Accessories

Create tiny planters, garden gnomes, or even miniature animals to decorate your indoor or outdoor plants. Polymer clay is weather-resistant once baked, making it perfect for garden accessories.

2. Custom Jewelry

Design your own earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. You can make beads, pendants, or charms in any shape or color. Consider making a matching summer-themed jewelry set with motifs like flowers, seashells, and fruits.

3. Decorative Bowls

Make small decorative bowls using a simple mold. Roll out the clay, press it into a bowl-shaped mold, and bake it. Once it’s cool, you can paint or varnish it for extra flair. These bowls are perfect for holding jewelry or small trinkets.

4. Fun Magnets

Create cute and colorful magnets for your fridge. Shape the clay into fun summer designs like ice cream cones, flip-flops, or sunshine faces. After baking and cooling, attach magnets to the back.

5. Personalized Keychains

Make personalized keychains with initials or tiny figurines. These make great gifts and are a practical way to keep your keys organized.

Tips for Working with Polymer Clay

  • Condition the Clay: Knead the clay well before shaping it to make it soft and pliable.
  • Use Tools: Invest in some basic clay tools like blades, rollers, and shaping tools to help with detailed work.
  • Bake Carefully: Follow the baking instructions on the clay packaging to avoid burning. Use an oven thermometer for accuracy.



Needle Felting Projects

Needle felting is a fiber art that involves shaping wool roving with a barbed needle. Here are some beginner-friendly projects:

1. Felted Animals

Start with simple animals like birds, rabbits, or foxes. Use basic shapes and add details as you gain confidence. These cute creatures make lovely decorations or gifts.

2. Felted Jewelry

Create unique felted beads for necklaces or bracelets. Combine different colors of wool to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.

3. Wall Art

Design a piece of wall art using a felt canvas. You can create landscapes, abstract designs, or any image that inspires you. This is a great way to add a personal touch to your home decor.

4. Pincushions

Make practical and adorable pincushions. Shape the wool into a cushion and add decorative elements like flowers or animals.

5. Keychains and Bag Charms

Create small felted charms to hang on your keys or bags. These can be simple shapes like hearts or stars, or more complex figures like tiny felted animals.

Tips for Needle Felting

  • Start Simple: Begin with basic shapes and projects to get the hang of the technique.
  • Use a Felting Mat: Always work on a felting mat or foam block to protect your surfaces and needles.
  • Be Patient: Needle felting is a slow process. Take your time to build up the shape and density of your project.

Are you worried about space in your crafting area for your new hobby and the supplies that always come with it? Then look no further than the simple, functional, and versatile organization of the Hobby Locker!

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