Easter Basket Centerpiece
Bring on Easter! You'll be ready with this colorful centerpiece blooming with colorful clay flowers. I cut mine on my Silhouette Curio™, but you can also cut the flowers with a craft knife. The flowers are baked then attached to the "basket" with adhesive. I found the glass container at my local 99 Cent Store. Similar ones are also available on Etsy and eBay. Substitute other types of containers like metal or plastic pails for interesting variations on this centerpiece.
You'll find the instructions below designated for the Silhouette Curio™ (SC) users and craft knife (CK) users. Instructions without initials apply to both crafters.
This project can be cut with the Silhouette Curio machine, the Cameo 3, and other machines. Download the cut file above that's right for you or the pdf file which includes instructions and the template.
Before you begin, condition clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 2 - There are eight flower colors (see them below). Create each by mixing the package color with white. Because these are soft colors, add colored clay to the white a little at a time until you achieve the shade you like.
step 3 - Roll out each color on the conditioning machine’s #3 setting. The sheet of clay for each color should measure approximately 4” x 4” which will make two complete flowers.
step 4 - CK – Print the flower templates on card stock. Cut out the shape to create a stencil. Place the card stock on the 4” x 4” clay sheet and trace around the stencil with a craft knife.
step 6 - Release the cut pieces from the clay sheet and transfer them to your work surface. Placing them on deli film will make them easier to maneuver and pick up later.
step 12 - Bake the flowers in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow them to cool completely before handling.
step 14 - Fill the container with fake grass and colorful eggs.
Premo Clay Colors - all mixed with white
(left to right) Burnt Sienna, Orange, Wasabi, Fuchsia, White, Rose Gold, Purple, Yellow
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- clay conditioning machine
- Silhouette Curio Machine or craft knife
- SC - deep cut blade
- deli film
- Etch N' Pearl Tool
- Premo Burnt Sienna, Orange, Wasabi, Fuchsia, White, Rose Gold, Purple, Yellow
- E6000 adhesive
- fake grass and eggs
- CK - printer & card stock
- SC - freezer paper
- cookie cutters
- masking tape