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Father’s Day Book Ends: Clay Crafting Made Easy

Father’s Day Book Ends: Clay Crafting Made Easy

Project title

Is your dad is an adventure lover? Then give him a gift from the heart this Father’s Day, with these mountain-inspired book ends! Perfect for dads who love the great outdoors, dads who love adventure… and even dads who love nothing more than being tucked up indoors with a good book! We’ve got them all covered with this fab DIY gift idea; check out Penelope Quinn’s step-by-step tutorial below and learn how to create your own.

You Will Need:

Step 1:

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First, cut out three rectangles from air dry clay, each measuring 1cm thick. The first should be 15 x 15, the second 15 x 12 and the third 15 x 8 cm in size.

Step 2:

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Cut mountain shapes out of each triangle, keeping in mind that you’ll be layering them – so think about this with your placement of peaks.

Step 3:

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Use the end of a skewer to carve snow lines out of the mountains.

Step 4:

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Roughly score the back of each of the two smaller panels and, using a paste made of clay and water, fuse the mountains together, the largest at the back, the smallest at the front. Smooth out rough edges with your finger and some water.

Step 5:

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Leave 24 – 48 hours to dry, and then use some sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges.

Step 6:

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Paint the mountains different shades of blue, and fill the grooves of the snow lines with gold paint.

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Step 7:

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Finally, paint some wide lolly sticks blue, and stick these to the bottom and the side of the mountains. This will make sure it doesn’t fall over!

Finished project

Now your Father’s Day book ends are complete, and ready for gift-wrapping!

Looking for more Father’s Day craft ideas? Check out the rest of our projects, tutorials and articles right here.

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