How To Make A Polymer Clay Fairy Cottage Gift

Adorable Polymer Clay Fairy Homes and Cottages make perfect gifts for enchanting young children or for adults who still believe in magic!
DIY Fairy Cottage Gift polymer Clay
I believe in magic and as a fan of all things Polymer Clay I am beside myself over these wonderful Polymer Clay Fairy Cottages which fellow crafty people have made (see pinterest for more). I’ve had a go at making fairy doors from polymer clay and this is my next project!! Let’s do it together.

fairy door fairy home polymer clay mould setI have seen fairy cottage moulds for creating these (see left) but another way of making them is to mould the polymer clay around an oven proof jar. The glass jar holds the shape and creates a great base and perfect round cottage shape. It also lends itself well to being adapted with LED fairy lights (inside) or a tea light. These make great lanterns.

Youtube tutorial re how to make a fairy home using a jar!

If you want a more structured way of crafting your fairy home, you there are many wonderful fairy home craft kits available from Amazon, including DIY fairy garden kits.


fairy door cottage cobblestones wall cladding mouldsEnough talk, let’s get started!! I’m going to try out the jar method myself. I do have a fairy door mould which I shall use in conjunction with the jar. I will post pics when I’m done 🙂 I hope you do too via comments below. You can also email them to be via creativeblogger@aol.com.

What do we need?

There are two approaches regarding the Polymer clay colors. You can buy individually colored clays and combine as required or use a single block of white polymer clay for the entire project and then paint it and varnish afterwards to add the color.

how to make fairy door polymer clay
My fairy door!

Featured below are both options along with Polymer Clay tools which make life a LOT easier. I have all of these things from previous polymer clay projects.

Get yourself a nice storage container (I use a tin garden tools box) to keep everything tidy and accessible.






Super cute ready made minitaure polymer clay beads that you can use to decorate your fairy home. Imagine a fairy home covered in sweets!!

How To Create Gifts From Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay Gift Ideas, Tools and Guides

polymer clay gift ideasPolymer Clay such as Fimo and Sculpey is a wonderful creative mouldable clay that you can use to create wonderful unique gifts, jewelry and other personalized items. To get started pick up some inspirational ideas and tutorials from some great polymer clay gift making guides and youtube tutorials.


polymer clay gift ideasFeatured here to get you started with these great gift making projects are some of the best selling books on Polymer Clay Gift making techniques and ideas. Also featured are clay, tools and other items. Just buy the basics to start with as there is so much out there including great moulds, ready make embellisments and accessories that it is easy to get carried away. Decide on a project first then buy the minimum of what you might require to make it. If you proceed this way you’ll never find yourself with a lot of impulse Polymer Clay buys that you find you never use.


Polymer Clay Gift Making Tutorials on YouTube

If you want to learn how to create gifts with Polymer Clay a convenient way to do so is by watching YoutTube tutorials. I’ve had a look at the Polymer Clay Gift making videos for you and listed some which I feel you’ll enjoy and find useful. As a big fan of Polymer Clay myself, I have both books and videos for instruction and gift making ideas. I find they compliment each other well.

Gift Box with Polymer Clay RoseTutorial



DIY easy clock – Polymer clay tutorial.

DIY: Polymer Clay Christmas Gift Tags or Ornaments

Readymade Polymer Clay Beads and Decorations for Gift Making
If you want to create great Polymer Clay Gifts but don’t want to sculpt everything yourself you can buy  readymade Polymer Clay beads and cute little decorations. Check these adorable Polymer Clay decorations from PandaHall and Amazon.



Polymer Clay – How to make an Apple Ornament Teacher’s Gift

Polymer clay:kawaii Teddy Bear Photo/note holder Valentines Day gift idea tutorial

If you've made gifts using Polymer Clay please do share your ideas and pics here in comments, we'd love to see them!

Apple Princess made from Polymer Clay – doll making

Make Your Own Cute Girly Gifts for BFF’s and fans of all things Kawaii.

apple princess

I made this cute Polymer Clay doll ornament yesterday and I’ve called her ‘The Apple Princess’.

I was able to create this after watching a really helpful YouTube video re ‘how to make Chibi Girls‘.

I’ve been struggling trying to figure it out myself. I found I couldn’t get very far without squishing every item I tried to attach! There’s a real knack to that. I am now confident that I am on the right track finally with my Polymer Clay sculpting efforts. Top Tip – watch the You Tube tutorials! Makes life a lot simpler.

Below is the polymer clay chibi girl tutorial that I followed and found so useful!

The experienced polymer clay artists do seem to use a lot of tools, and so I am finding myself buying yet more items to enable me to pursue this new crafty hobby.

Tools I am waiting on presently are some ‘wire’ – this is for sculpting the doll form around for stability. I have ordered a precision cutting tool for cutting out delicate shapes. And I am waiting on some teeny tiny shape cutters. All of these things make life that bit easier. Tools I already have are detailed here.

For my next project I will be making a Polymer Clay mermaid!

I have created a niche Amazon store for you to easily source all your Polymer gift making clays, tools, how to books and any needed accessories. Making things from Polymer clay is somewhat addictive – you have been warned 🙂

I have also handpicked some items specific for sculpting and making Dolls from Polymer Clay.


How to Make Fairy Doors for gifts from Polymer Clay

how to make fairy door polymer clayAs followers of this blog may already know, I have recently taken up learning the art of Polymer Clay sculpting.

It’s harder than it looks 🙂 .You need patience, a keen eye for detail and clean,steady hands. I myself have none of these things, but I have the ‘desire’ to sculpt and so I am plodding on in the hope that with practice comes skill. And to be fair I am getting better. It’s like all things, you get out of it what you put in.

 

What do I need?

To get started you need a Fairy Door Mould (or you can sculpt freehand if you have the skills) Polymer Clay and a Basic sculpting tool set. I have found some Best Selling basics from Amazon to get you started. If you’re on a tight budget meanwhile, there are recipes online for making your own Polymer Clay and even for making your own silicone moulds! If you’ve ever made your own clay or moulds, please do tell us about it comments.


Let’s get started!

fairy doorsThis is my fairy door 🙂

The first thing I do when learning something new is see what everyone else is doing. I as such have looked at images of fairy doors, checked some out on Amazon, eBay and Etsy and seen many fab ones on image sites such as Deviant art and Pinterest. After having a good browse I opted for buying a basic fairy door silicone mould like the one shown below.

fairy door mouldMy aim re using this mould is to use it as a basic template and then sculpt my own embellishments and add my own unique twist. . I don’t want my fairy doors to mimic existing fairy doors, so I will be doing my own thing. Use the mould as per instructions! My first attempt re the fairy door mould was ambitious. I attempted to add all the detail in different coloured Polymer Clay. This is VERY fiddly, but I found with practice it gets easier.

Meanwhile using a small round tipped tool to poke the finer details into place helps a lot. When the clay was popped out of the mould, it wasn’t too bad. There was some ‘bleeding’ re colors beyond their intended fill area however. So my intention for Fairy Door two will be to create it in one color and then use acrylic paint and a tiny fine tipped brush to paint on the detail. This means my ‘sausage fingers’ won’t have to work so hard!!

You will also find a method that suits you with some trial and error.  

Adding embellishments

I sculpted some stone walling to surround my fairy door and added a creeping vine to one side with polymer clay. I also hand painted various elements to give a more authentic appearance.

For example: I dusted the black fairy door hinges with silver metallic paint. I also added a few silver beads to act as ‘studs’ which you may find on an old wooden door. Unlike other fairy doors I have seen, I also aim to add an actual fairy.

I may be breaking the fairy door mould in doing so! (Pun intended 🙂 ) re Paint – I am using acrylics (without mixing with water) straight onto the hardened clay.

polymer sculpey clayI am using Sculpey modelling clay in the various forms it comes in. This is one of the more expensive Polymer Clays and I use it as I find it softer than others, doesn’t seem to dry out and is easy to work with. I bought all the items shown here via eBay.

I bought a large block of white Polymer clay to mix with primary coloured clays to give softer shades. I calculated this was cheaper than buying many different shades. I love the ‘super sculpey’ it’s great for doll modeling. I use tiny blades (with safety side) to ‘saw’ off excess clay when I’ve popped it into the mould. These little blades are quite invaluable!

I also bought some varnish to add an extra shine to certain finished elements of my creation. Bases My fairy door has a solid base so it can be freestanding. This means it’s not exclusively for attaching to skirting boards but can be an ornament also. I am using real stone tiles I already have about the house. I have sculpted a little magical mushroom – or fairy seat to decorate.

MY WISH LIST 

One of the most painstaking things about polymer clay sculpting is all the squishing and kneading of the clay itself to make it manageable. I broke my left wrist a yr ago and I find all the kneading a little hard on my wrist which is still in recovery. So ….. I want one  of those polymer clay squishing machines 🙂 There are a few here available from Amazon. I’m going to check out the reviews and get back to you re this!


Making Daniela Pupa 'styled' Jewels – a journey of discovery into the art of Polymer Clay doll creation

daniela pupa jewelry how to make

Daniela Pupa is a Polymer Clay sculptress who creates amongst other things adorable Kawaii Lolita doll style pendants, charms and decorative items. Daniela’s facebook page is here.

From what I have managed to ascertain so far Daniela Pupa makes her wares and sells them at local craft fayres. She doesn’t sell online and I haven’t been able to find any youtube videos made by the creative herself re tutorials on how to make these polymer clay doll jewels. If you know of one let me know! 

I have looked online for other Polymer Clay doll style jewelry but haven’t seen anything yet which comes close to the star quality that Daniela Pupa’s creation exude.

The closest I have found are these polymer clay mermaid charms



In the meantime I have taken a leap of faith and decided to teach myself how to sculpt these adorable polymer clay creations. I am recording my efforts so you too may find the confidence to make your own. They won’t be the same as Daniela Pupa’s as she’s in a league of her own, but we can try to do a good job with our own special flavor or twist, taking inspiration from the talent of Daniela Pupa.

DIY Polymer Clay Doll Charms and Jewelry

Equipment for any DIY Polymer clay project includes the clay, tools and a varnish.

Tip1. Read the instructions carefully and follow them properly! 

My first attempt is awful, too big, too flat and ‘too baked!’ 🙂  The suggested bake temp for the super sculpey polymer clay I have is 130 and I set it at 180 by mistake. Ooopsie!

Tip 2. Try, try and try again

I scaled my efforts down and proceeded to ‘sculpt’. I am not a natural at this by any stretch, but I can encourage you to do as I do and persevere because I am noticing with each attempt … gradual improvement. This gives me hope!

Several more attempts later using apple princesscolored polymer clay and acrylic paint I create this.

I call her ‘The apple princess’.

Making the ‘heads’.

I did wonder if Daniela Pupa used a mould for the heads of her Lolita styled jewels or perhaps made her own molds as they are very uniform in shape.  I haven’t been able to find any information online re this. It could also just be the result of ‘practice makes perfect’.

Re the faces, Daniela Pupa seems to paint her dolls faces … I can’t say for sure.

Having looked as close as I can at pics posted online, I’m guessing that she is using a tiny fine tipped brush and using either acrylics or oils to paint on the kawaii anime style facial features. Larger pieces have a white circle with black inside then two-three more dots of white to highlight the eye. Smaller pieces appear to just have ‘black’ with spots of white for light flecks. The lips (given how super tiny they are) appear to have slight relief to them but this may just be an effect of the paint. Either way for such a tiny piece they are quite well painted.

There is also of course the possibility they are polymer clay! Even more incredible given how tiny they are.

Tip 3 – there are NO shortcuts

polymer clay dollI have tried to recreate the look of the manga style eyes Daniela ‘draws’ using a permanent fine tipped black marker and using tiny blobs of white polymer clay for the flecks of light in the eyes. So far, I don’t like the results. I was trying to take a ‘short-cut’ hoping to use marker pens instead of paint, but I feel I will have to give the paint a whirl.

I am not a natural when it comes to working on such a small-scale craft project. However, I am seeing improvement, so while imageI’m not there yet, I am confident I will be … eventually 🙂 This applies equally to you. if you don’t like your initial results, just keep trying until you do. You can save money by making your own polymer clay. I’ve seen a few useful tutorials re this online. However as I haven’t tried any myself yet, I won’t post links until I have. In the meantime, I am using super sculpey and pro sculpey for this project.