Looking for a gift idea that anyone would love? Well, you’ve found it. These handmade hanging wall vases are beautiful, one of a kind, easy to make, and would look sweet as can be hanging in any room of the house (or on any wall of the cubicle). Hang them in a group, or hang them solo — next to a favorite painting, near the light switch, or just above the night stand.
They’re small and lightweight, they look elegant hung from a satin ribbon, and you can fill them with whatever you like. We featured flowers, but why not pencils instead? I recommend making several of these at once. They make a sweet housewarming gift, hostess gift, or neighbor gift. And your kids can help make these for Grandma too!
Amy Christie did the crafting for this project. Here’s what she says:
We are at that time of year when I’m already missing the green growth outside. Its absence has me looking for other ways to get color in my life. I love working with polymer clay and found that with a bit of clay, and a bit of gold leaf, flowers can be hung from just about anywhere. These handmade hanging wall vases are a pocket full of happiness!
Ready to make something pretty? Here’s what you’ll need:
– white polymer clay
– pocket shapes PDF
– wax paper
– clay tools
– gold foil
– optional: shape punches
Knead the clay and roll it out. If using a pasta machine, use the thickest setting.
Use the shapes from the PDF to cut out the pieces. (Enlarge or shrink the printable to make different sizes. Our large was printing at 125%, smaller at 75%.)
When the shapes are cut out, use a finger to smooth the cut edge on both pieces.
Add gold details now. To make, roll a piece of clay and apply gold foil to the top surface. Cut into desired shapes and apply to the pocket portion.
To connect the two pieces, first make a snake about 1/4 inch thick and as long as the pocket.
Lay the snake on the back portion, placing right where the pocket will go. Use a finger to seal the seam. Take time to make sure the seam is well sealed so water for the flowers won’t drip through.
Place a ball of wax paper in the middle and then lay the pocket portion over it, matching up the edges.
Use a finger to seal this seam, making sure it it’s well sealed and smooth.
Add a hanger hole.
Bake according to the manufacturer’s directions, making sure to leave the wax paper ball in place for support.
Hang and fill with flowers.
Thank you, Amy!
What do you think, Dear Readers? Wouldn’t these handmade hanging wall vases make the sweetest gift? And you could experiment with colors and textures too! Polymer clay comes in lots of colors and is paintable — so there are no limits color-wise. And you could use a fork or toothpick or really any tool, to make patterns in the clay before you bake. So many options for personalizing and adapting this project to your style. If you make it, you know I’d love to hear (or see!) how it goes.
Credits: Images and styling by Amy Christie.