Accessory Tree

Crafts Holiday crafts Tu B'Shvat crafts

Duration: 30 minutes Toolbox
  • 4 (2-ounce) packages of polymer clay
  • Aluminum foil
  • Metal washer (2 1/2 inches wide)
  • Forked tree branch, dry and clean with a base about 3/4 inch wide
  • Tacky glue
  • Felt
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush
How to:
  1. Working on a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, knead the clay and shape it into a mound (about 4 inches across and 1 1/2 inches thick in the center.)
  2. Press the metal washer into the bottom of the clay to add weight.
  3. Trim the branch to a suitable size for your stand (ours measured about 1 foot tall and 15 inches wide) and remove any loose bark.
  4. Use the base of the branch to make a hole centered in the top of the stand. Turn the branch slightly as you push it into the clay fairly deeply but not all the way.
  5. Remove the branch and bake the clay (with the foil under it) on a baking sheet at 275 degrees for about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
  6. When the baked clay has cooled, glue a circle of felt to the bottom. Finish up by reinserting the branch (adding a dab of glue if it is loose) and painting the tree any color you like.

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