This is my tutorial on how I make my Clay Cottages!
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Step 1: Item's Needed
- Clay Pot and clay saucer
- Clay (various colors)
- Garlic Press
- Super Glue
- Small tools, like a tooth pick, a nail (to help attach clay)
- Acrylic Paints
- Pledge Floor Wax
- Small soft Paint Brush (like 1/2 inch or so) to apply wax
Step 2: Making the Cottage Roof
Step 3: Cottage Wall Design
Due to the ring around the pot, I added the white layer of clay (shown in the photo) to accommodate for the ledge in the pot (glue will be required for this step).
Then I took about 3 packages of clay to make the ground/base of the pot and glued as well.
After that I started making the walls/doors and window after which I started making the frames. The white cottage walls are about 1/4 of an inch thick. The walls don't need to be perfectly smooth due to the rocks that I will be adding later.
Step 4: Adding Grass and Rocks
On this step I started pressing different shades of green through the garlic press to add texture in the grass. I put pressed green clay (grass) all of the way around the Cottage to make it look like grass.
Then I started adding rocks. I used different shades of grey swirled together to make different shades of rocks (don't over mix). I laid a layer of rocks in the grass to make a walkway.
Step 5: Making Clay Figurines for the Cottage
In this step I started making small figurines that I wanted outside of my Cottage. Like, Flowers, pumpkins, turtles, mouse, bails of straw and a scarecrow just to name a few.
Step 6: Adding a Grass Rim for the Roof
In this step I made a straw rim for the straw roof (Straw and Grass made by pressing through the Garlic Press). I used super glue to attach it to the pot rim. I trimmed the inside pot opening with a knife to remove the excess straw.
Step 7: Baking the Pot
In this step I laid parchment paper on a cookie sheet and Baked the pot at 230 Degrees for about 45 minutes. Then I turn the oven off and left it in there until the oven is completely cool, then I took it out.
Step 8: Painting
Paint any details that you want on your pot, like eyes, highlights etc.
Next, I painted the inside of the lid and pot with the acrylic paint (what ever color that you want). After the paint is dry I took the floor wax and coated the inside of the painted pot, lid and let it dry. After which I coated the outside of the pot with wax and let it dry too.
When the pot was dry to the touch I smeared white Elmer's school glue on the base and set it on a sheet of felt. After it dried I trimmed around the base with a pair of scissors.
**If by chance anything breaks... Just add a drop of super glue to reattach it.**
That's it!! Enjoy making a Clay Cottage!
I have made and sold more than 50 Clay Cottages so far.