Rustic DIY Photo Display with Air Dry Clay

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It’s another Challenge for another month… and I feel like I say this every time, but this month’s challenge item, Air Dry Clay, gave me a run for my money! After days of humming and hawing, I finally decided to try my hand at a Rustic DIY Photo Display with Air Dry Clay.

Here are the supplies I used:

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I started working with this tub of Crayola Air Dry Clay. The quality seems really great and the re-sealable tub means no clay goes to waste. PLUS, it’s non-toxic and relatively easy to clean up.

Air Dry Clay Monthly DIY Challenge

I grabbed a handful of clay and balled it up. Then I rolled it out so it was even and about 10mm thick (or so). It says right on the tub that thin clay will be much more delicate – so I tried to keep it fairly thick.

Rolling out Air Dry Clay

With a metal cookie cutter, I created small round discs from my clay. I let these dry in my studio for a couple of days. Air dry clay is great and all – but it’s not a good craft if you’re in a rush. It really does take a while to dry and cure properly. Use a Cookie Cutter with your Air Dry ClayThen of course, I used some metallic gold paint to give them a little personality.

Clothes Pins with Air Dry Clay

I’ve had this old wooden board for a while. We ‘inherited’ it when my in-laws were cleaning out a crawl space in their house. They found tons of great old wood and we took some home. Until now, I hadn’t the foggiest clue what to do with the board.Glue Air Dry Clay to make Photo Holders

I wrapped some braided twine around it and secured it with brass tacks. I glued my clay discs to some regular clothes pins...

Et voila! A rustic DIY photo display!Make a photo display with air dry clay Air Dry Clay Rustic Photo Board

I really love how this project turned out! It actually inspired me to completely redecorate my living room fauxdenza for spring. I used to have a big gallery wall there, but I wanted something with a bit more texture and brightness for spring. Don’t you love when a small project creates a larger inspiration?Photo Vignette with Air Dry Clay Clips Wood, Twine and Air Dry Clay

I have to also tell you that as I was finishing up this May Monthly Challenge, Dan was getting started on next month’s challenge! I know, right?! All I’m going to say is that it is happening in a room in our house that has NEVER been on the blog 🙂 Dan is helping me with a bit of the heavy lifting in the first stages and then I’ll be brought in for the finishings. This lil’ lady is going to have to hustle to make it happen! Anyway, stay tuned for that. Vintage Rustic Photo Display

And DON’T forget to check out what everyone else got up to this month with Air Dry Clay!! Spread the project love and inspiration!

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