How to make cute garden stakes with Sculpey
When Kawaii meets the Garden
Bring something cute into the garden by crafting up some of these adorable, kawaii garden stakes. They are low cost and easy to make and add just enough whimsy to the garden. If you have kids, this makes for a great craft project and helps them to really get involved in gardening. You can make up one or several in an afternoon and bake them all at the same time. The polymer clay stays workable until you are ready to bake it.
photos by chibikitty
To make these garden stakes you will need:
Sculpey III or any polymer clay.
Stainless steel forks - I get mine from Goodwill at $0.25 a piece
Make a Basic Shape
Sculpt out the basic shape of your vegetable. For this tutorial, I'm making a carrot so I rolled the clay into a ball and then squished one of the ends into a cone shape.
Add the Details
If your vegetable has any little details, add them after you are satisfied with the basic shape. Carrots have little grooves on them so using my fingernail, I made some light indentations into the clay.
Buy Sculpey Online
Sculpey III is an easy medium to find. It can be found in almost any craft store, and it can easily be found online.
Buying white in bulk is good if you prefer to paint instead of using individual colored clay.
Make the Foliage
If your vegetable has distinctive foliage you can make it by taking a little green clay, rolling it out flat and then pinching it around some craft wire. Leave about an inch of wire sticking out. Use your fingers to shape the clay into a leaf shape.
Make about 2 or 3 leaves for your garden stake.
Push the inch of exposed wire of the foliage into your base. Lightly pinch the two together so that it sticks firmly in place.
Make the Eyes and Mouth
The best feature of the kawaii garden stake is the face. Make two little balls with black clay for the eyes and lightly squish them into face. If it doesn't come out the way you want, you can always take them off and try again until you get it how you like it.
For the mouth, roll a small ball of black clay between your fingers until it stretches out long and thin. Curl it into a mouth and lightly press it into place.
Add the Cheeks
Next make two small balls out of the pink clay and squish them into place just below the eyes.
Stick a Fork in it!
Almost done! You'll want to stick the fork through the thickest part of the base and go in at an angle so that if you are holding the fork straight up, your veggie is looking right at you. Be very gentle or you might end up with a misshapen vegetable!
No spare utensils to be found?
You can always find 'em on ebay!
Your garden stake is now ready for the oven. Follow the instructions on the Sculpey III package. It is usually 15 minutes at 275 F for every 1/4" of thickness. Your foliage might be thinner than your veggie so take this into consideration when calculating the time needed and keep checking on it to make sure it doesn't burn.
You'll want to add a nice layer of glaze to protect your veggie from the elements. Use an air-dry glaze and a paint brush to apply a thick coat of glaze. Allow 15 minutes to dry and apply an additional coat if desired.
Where to buy scupting extras
I prefer the glossy look, so this is the kind I use
Satin gives a more matte finish.
Basic tool set - excellent for the beginner
In the Garden
Other Veggies in the Garden
What kind of stakes do you have in your garden? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.