This clay gnome jar topper can be made with a craft store staple: air dry clay. It’s a fun way to get creative without requiring any fancy tools.
For this DIY gnome craft, you’ll need clay, a jar, aluminum foil, and some paint. Follow along with the written tutorial or the full video tutorial to walk you through each step.
Air Dry Clay Gnome Tutorial for a Stash Jar
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I despise wasting craft supplies. It doesn’t matter if I’ve held onto a tiny little heart button for 6 years, I absolutely WILL find a use for it. I had a bit of air dry clay leftover from another craft and my waste-not mentality kicked into gear.
Months ago, someone gifted me a set of small jars and they’ve been staring at me ever since. This week, I sketched out an idea and combined these two supplies to make this fun gnome craft idea in about an hour. Let’s get started.
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Tips for Learning How to Make a Clay Gnome Topper
- Build the foil base just shy of the finished desired size. The hat base foil should extend over the side of the lid.
- Make sure the foil is sized to the bottom to fit the jar lid without interference.
- Secure those foil pieces with glue to the lid AND to each other.
- Air dry clay is cold-feeling, almost damp but take care not to add too much moisture. I only used it when connecting two pieces of clay or to smooth out once the rough shapes were formed.
- The best part of this tutorial is that you do not need a fancy clay tool: a pair of scissors and a craft knife will be more than enough.
- Create score lines on both the item being attached AND the piece you are attaching it on – it will help the clay grip while you’re blending.
- Watch the full video tutorial to see how I created the paint for the hat. The three hat colors were blended using white and brown – that’s it. Doing so really brings the color palette together.
- Sealing clay is optional, however, on something like this which will be used and handled, I recommend it. You can use a matte or glossy ModPodge®, but for this project, I chose this varnish. It’s my go-to for clay, especially when I want to add shine.
How to Make an Air Dry Clay Gnome Topper
Below are the written instructions. Read through them and le tme know if you have any questions.
I do urge everyone to watch this short gnome jar topper video tutorial here on YouTube. You will get to see how the pieces join and how the paint palette is developed.
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