MOON PHASE WALL HANGING

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Add a touch of celestial inspiration to your home with this pretty moon phase wall hanging. There are tons of ways to make this DIY unique to you—with color or your choice of sizes for each moon phase piece. Feel free to experiment and see what feels most special to you!

 

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

-Tape

-Cellophane or cling wrap

-Self-healing mat

-1 (1.75-pound) package white polymer clay

-Rolling pin (optional)

-Round cookie cutter, 1–4 inches in diameter (or cut a piece of paper in the shape of a circle to use as a template, see page 150)

-Star-shaped cookie cutter, 1–4 inches in diameter (or cut a piece of paper in the shape of a star to use as a template, see page 150)

-X-Acto knife

-Toothpick or diffuser stick

-Ovenproof glass baking pan or baking sheet

-Oven

-Metallic acrylic paint (optional)

-1 (6-inch) piece malleable wire (you could also try using a yarn needle, or use a tooth-pick or diffuser stick to push the twine through the holes)

-Scissors

-Baker’s twine (if you’d like the shapes to appear as if they’re floating, use a thinner material like fishing wire or brass wire; I prefer the chunkier, rustic look of the twine)

-Nail and hammer

 

STEPS

  1. Tape a large square piece of cellophane onto the mat.
  2. Break off a piece of polymer clay about the size of a fist and roll it into a ball in your hands. Repeat this with four more balls of clay.
  3. On the cellophane-covered mat, roll out the clay balls with a rolling pin into circles or, for a more organic look, use your hands to flatten them evenly. They don’t have to be perfect, just big enough to t the round cookie cutter.
  4. Use the round cookie cutter to cut out four circles of clay, or place your paper circle template on top of one of the circles of clay and, using an X-Acto knife, cut the circle shape out of the clay. Use the star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out one star, or place your paper star template on top of one of the circles of clay and, using an X-Acto knife, cut the star shape out of the clay.
  5. Keep one clay cutout circle as your top “full” moon.
  6. Take three clay circles and, using the X-Acto knife or cookie cutter, cut a different-sized crescent-shaped moon out of each to represent the waxing/waning phases of the moon, from a half moon to a smaller crescent. To get varied crescent moon shapes, just press the cutter in a little lower into the clay circle.
  7. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  8. Let the clay shapes cool for a few minutes after being worked with your warm hands.
  9. Use a toothpick or diffuser stick to poke a hole in the top and bottom of each clay moon and the top of the star. This is where you will attach the twine between each moon shape, so make sure the holes are big enough to t the twine through.
  10. Bake the clay shapes on an ovenproof glass pan or baking sheet, following your polymer clay package directions (my Sculpey clay called for 15 minutes at 275 degrees F).
  11. Let the clay pieces cool for at least 30 minutes after baking.
  12. Paint each piece however you like. I prefer to keep mine in the original white because I like that rustic, natural look. If you paint them, let the paint dry for about 3 hours before adding the twine.
  13. Wrap a piece of wire around the end of the twine. It will act as your needle.
  14. Cut a 6-inch piece of twine and loop it through the holes in the clay pieces, first connecting the full circle and the half circle, tying it o with a knot in the back. Allow about 2 inches between the shapes. Repeat, connecting the rest of the moon shapes in descending size, with the star at the bottom.
  15. Cut an 8-inch piece of twine and, using the wire to thread it, create a loop through the top of the round circle (the full moon), tying it o with a knot in the back. This is the loop you will use to hang it vertically from a nail in the wall.

 

VARIATION: PLAY WITH COLOR

Mix black and white polymer clay to create a mar- bled effect, or fold in different metallic acrylic paints. once your clay has baked, you can paint directly onto it using a paintbrush. the color options are endless with mixing clay or painting!

 

 

Photo Credit: Marrisa Maharaj

 

 

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