To Make Ring Cones

     It is definitely the most wonderful time of year around here! I've thoroughly thrown myself into the holiday season, and I couldn't be happier. In years past, I always appreciated beautiful decorations, gift wrapping, and all of the holiday goodness from afar. Other than helping my Dad pick out a Christmas tree from an actual tree farm (my favorite Christmas tradition), I never really got involved with much else. I think the main reason I'm embracing it now is because having a child truly makes you excited for the smallest things. Everything is new to Bailey, even now that she's nearly two. The fact that I get to introduce her to everything makes me want to try my hardest to make it the most fun for her. 

     Having a baby also gave me the urge to start showing more gratitude. While others might do this best using just words, for me, it's always been easier to make something. A handmade gift gets my gratitude across so much better than if I just say thank you, because I can't just say thank you. I babble all day every day, and I feel like the thankfulness just gets lost in there, as do most points I try to make. :) This is why I'm always so happy that I'm actually O.K. working with my hands. While I don't sew, mostly because I haven't really tried, I have tried my hand at multiple arts. Pottery, woodworking, 3-D art, and more, all in the pursuit of higher education. I've loved them all, but the simplest form for me was pottery and working with clay in general. If I work with wood, I have to be careful of dimensions and math things that I don't look for in any kind of pastime. 3-D art was great, but cardboard and similar materials are not nearly as easy to manipulate as clay. It's why most D.I.Y. projects on this blog involve clay, or another forgivable material. This one, is yet another zero skills clay project. It mostly involves rolling and painting. I've always liked a rougher texture on the clay. Smooth, but a few bumps and lines won't bother me. If they do bother you, just keep rolling the clay and smoothing with your fingers until you get your desired texture.

     I won't say who these are for, because they are Christmas presents, but I know plenty of people who need them. We all wear rings, and desire a nice pretty place to put them when we aren't wearing them. So family and friends, if you are reading this (which I sincerely hope you are!) guess all you want, but I'm not telling until the 25th and that's final! Maybe. Like I said, I babble, so it could accidentally slip out if I get to talking. Oh well, happy gifting!

Materials:

- air dry clay (I use Crayola)

- gold spray paint

- painters tape

- gloss glaze and a paint brush (optional)

Step one: Get a good chunk of clay and roll out into a cone shape. Make sure it's slim enough at the top for the rings to fit on!

Step two: Let dry for at least 24 hours, the thicker the cone, the longer it may take.

Step three: Apply a ring of painters tape where you would like the cone to be color blocked. Make sure to tape newspaper around the part you want to stay white!

Step four: Once paint has dried, add a layer of gloss if you'd like, and let that dry. You're ring cones are now complete!