diy ornament drink stirrers
Hi all! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! What a fun time to get some family and friends together and host a crafting night (stay tuned for a post coming soon about a fun craft night!) Pick a couple of my posts, or just this one, get the girls together, and get crafting!
I found this project on one of my favorite blogs, A Kailo Chic Life. I had never delved into the world of clay before, but boy am I a believer now! I decided to take her creation and just slightly tweak it for the holidays by adding the ornament topper, but you can absolutely leave that part off! I think these are such a cute addition to a cocktail - so lets get crafting - and cocktailing!
ALSO - As a note, I tried two different types of clay (as shown in my supplies picture). The souffle type of clay did NOT work. Every time I tried to roll it out, it would crumble. I tried this with about 3 different colors of that type of clay, and all of them had the same result.
Okay, so let’s get started on how I went through this project (but also check out A Kailo Chic Life for her original project!
You will need to gather your supplies, which are just clay, acrylic drink stirrers, a hot glue gun, and cheap ornaments if you’d like to add the ornament topper. I have a linked list towards the end of this post.
First, you will break of one third of the clay block and roll this into a long string that is approximately 1/8”. Just put the block down on your table / countertop and use your hands to roll roll roll. See the picture below.
Now you need to make a small ball, about the size of a marble. Maybe a little larger. So break off 1/3 of another one of the clay block thirds (that’s confusing!) See the picture below. Again, you will just roll this around on the table to form your ball.
Now you are going to combine these two pieces - the ball and the longer “string”. First, you will start by wrapping the “string” around the ball three times. Start from one outside edge and work your way towards the other as you wrap. Once it is wrapped around the ball 3 times, pinch off the string. You should still have a decent amount of the “string” left after this.
You will now repeat Step 3 two more times, going in the opposite directions. So now go perpendicular to the wrapping you already did, then do it one more time in the same direction that you did the first wrapping layer. At the end, it should look like this.
You will now want to create a small hole for where the acrylic stirrer will go once the yarn ball is baked and finished. So, take your stirrer, and shove it into the clay about 1/4”.
Now it’s time to bake! Set your oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit. Bake for 15 minutes. Then let sit out until cool - about 15 minutes.
Once the clay is cool, you will place some hot glue on your acrylic stirrer (or probably easier to put it in the hole that you created in the clay) then stick the stirrer into the clay ball, let dry, and you now have a cute stirrer! You can stop here, or you can go on to step 8 and make them into ornament-style drink stirrers for the holidays.
If you would like to add the ornament topper, it is as easy as grabbing an ornament (I got a pack of 12 at the dollar store!), pulling off the topper, and hot gluing it to the top! That’s it!
Get crafting! Tag me in your creations @confettifridays