Here’s how I made it!
Supplies: Empty Pirouline Tin, Sand Paper, Air Dry Clay (I used some Model Air clay by Polyform), Gold Spray Paint (I used Champagne Nouveau by Krylon), Pink or Red Acrylic Paint, Brown Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush.
This is the clay that I’ve had the best luck with-
1. Start by sanding your pirouline tin. This roughs it up and gives it texture so that the air dry clay sticks to it better. Be sure to sand the lid as well.
2. Take a piece of clay and use your fingers to smoosh it and wrap it around your tin, working it and smoothing it until you have your tin covered.
3. Next you need to take something with a pointy edge (I actually used an old clay sculpting tool I had) like a tooth pick and “carve” your tree.
Start by drawing a heart and your initials into your clay and then drawing woodgrain lines around it. I also added “wood knots” and more wood grain patterns around the backside of the tin.
Make sure to do this step while the clay is still soft, before it drys.
4. Repeat step 3 with the lid, only carving a swirl or circles as if it were the end of a stump.
5. Set your clay outside or somewhere it won’t get disturbed and let it dry.
6. Once dry, Give your tree a coat of spray paint and let that dry.
8. Repeat step 7 with a brown paint and going inside the lines of your woodgrain pattern.
I actually used a brown wax paint (The wax paint is meant to go over chalk paint), because I liked that it was sort of creamy, but to achieve the same look with acrylic paint, just water it down a tiny bit before painting the woodgrain.
Let your paint dry completely.
Would you use this as a Valentines project or just make it for yourself like I did? 😉