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How to make cute garden stakes with Sculpey

Updated on May 29, 2013

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

Materials Needed

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

Craft wire

Aluminum foil

Sculpey glaze

Step One

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.

Step Two

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.

Polyform Sculpey Original Polymer Clay, 1.75-Pound, White
Polyform Sculpey Original Polymer Clay, 1.75-Pound, White

Buying white in bulk is good if you prefer to paint instead of using individual colored clay.

 

Step Three

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.

Step Four

Push the inch of exposed wire of the foliage into your base. Lightly pinch the two together so that it sticks firmly in place.

Step Five

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.

Step Six

Add the Cheeks

Next make two small balls out of the pink clay and squish them into place just below the eyes.

Step Seven

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!

Step Eight

Bake it!

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.

Step Nine

Glaze it!

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

Polyform Sculpey Glaze, 1-Ounce, Glossy
Polyform Sculpey Glaze, 1-Ounce, Glossy

I prefer the glossy look, so this is the kind I use

 
Polyform Sculpey Glaze, 1-Ounce, Satin
Polyform Sculpey Glaze, 1-Ounce, Satin

Satin gives a more matte finish.

 
SE 4PT11 11-Piece Set of Pottery & Sculpture Tools
SE 4PT11 11-Piece Set of Pottery & Sculpture Tools

Basic tool set - excellent for the beginner

 

In the Garden

In the Garden
In the Garden

Other Veggies in the Garden

Other Veggies 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.

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      NekoIchi 4 years ago

      @Paula Atwell: Thank you for stopping by! I think I shall take you up on your advice.

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      Paula Atwell 4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Cute idea! And a great way to recycle old silverware.

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      NekoIchi 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: Definitely - these little guys are cute enough to have around the house too. I have to watch my kids because they are always pulling them out of the garden to play with them.

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      NekoIchi 4 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you! I hope you try it out soon!

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      NekoIchi 4 years ago

      @hntrssthmpsn: Absolutely! I bet they'd do quite nicely.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      So adorable! We use a lot of found and repurposed items in the garden, and most of our "stakes" are old tent poles, portions of dead furniture items, etc... All of them could benefit from a decorative touch!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love this idea! I've got lots of sculpting clay I could use. Great article. :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      We used to have bamboo in the garden, and it made great stakes. But I think it would be very cute to have a kawaii carrot to stick on top. Perhaps you could even make a whole set of fun garden veggies just to play with. They might like to live in a blueberry basket? What fun.

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      NekoIchi 4 years ago

      @yarfodg: Indeed - you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make something cute!

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      yarfodg 4 years ago

      So cute... I need to try this with my little kid! Thanks