All aboard the cactus train! Somehow cacti are all the rage right now, and I’m not really sure how that happened but I’m happy to get on board and start sharing some fun cactus DIYs with you guys. First though, since we’re already on the subject, have you ever had cactus water?! I tried some when I was at Renegade LA and woah, it was surprisingly good. If you ever come across some cactus water, you should totally try it. When I had it, it was pink and tasted a tiny bit fruity, and it was nice and refreshing on a hot day.
So for today’s DIY, I made a clay cactus ring holder for you to store several of your rings! I’m really enjoying working with clay more often, and I’ve gotten a lot better at working with it. An important thing about clay that I learned, specifically polymer clay, is that you need to keep it sealed when you’re not using it because it will dry out. I had that problem the last time I tried to make something, and my clay kept crumbling because it was too dry. Moral of the story: always keep your clay sealed for safe keeping.
- Polymer clay, white
- Green paint (2 shades recommended)
- Clear acrylic spay paint, glossy
First, separate a piece of clay that, when balled, mine was about 3 inches wide. Divide the piece in half and set one aside. With one piece, mold the clay into a cone that is about 2 inches tall, and the wider bottom is about 1 inch wide. Set aside and begin molding 2/3 of the second piece of clay into an arm of the cactus, curving up slightly and rounding at the end. Use the remaining piece of clay to make the other, smaller arm. Carefully attach the arms to each side of the original cone by pressing and shaping the end of the arm into the the cone. Take your time and smooth our your edges as much as you can.
Set the clay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake according to your clay’s directions, generally 275 degrees for about 10 minutes until the clay is firm. Remove and let the clay cool completely before painting.
Paint the entire cactus with your darker colored green paint. Once dry, paint a second coat if necessary. Then use the lighter green and a very thin paintbrush to paint tiny spikes around the cactus. Let the paint dry completely and finish it off by spaying the clay with clear glossy spray paint to give it a shiny that makes it appear more like ceramic.
Once the final coat is dry, display your new cactus ring holder anywhere and hang your rings off the side arms or place on the cone. Enjoy!