Duration: 30 minutes
- 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
- Acrylic paint and paintbrush
- 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.)
- Press the metal washer into the bottom of the clay to add weight.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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