Polymer Clay Easter Basket Charm: How To

As seen on CraftGossip.com

This week I decided to challenge myself by coming up with a polymer clay Easter basket.  I think real Easter baskets are so fun, so I decided to combine this with my love of miniature! Below is a step by step guide on how to make this festive clay charm.

(btw, sorry if the pics aren’t the best—my light was being super funny, plus it’s pretty tricky trying to take photos of yourself doing something like this…not enough hands! lol but I hope there are enough decent pics to get the point across)

Start by using two small amount of white and light brown clay. Combine until you get a light tan basket color (or it would be fun to do colored baskets as well! Just remember to paint your toothpick supports to match, or use a contrasting color.) But for now, a plain tan basket will have to do…

Roll out thin snakes, and cut about 1-2 inches (it doesn’t really matter about size here, since you will roll it out more later)

Using wire cutters, cut a couple toothpicks into small pieces. The height of the pieces should be the height you would like your basket to be.

Take three of your snakes and roll them out a bit thinner. Then pinch them together at one end, and twist into a braid.

Form a circle and squish down a bit to form the bottom of the basket.

Stick about 8 toothpick pieces around your base.

Roll out a piece of clay snake until it is your desired thickness. Beginning at one side, weave the clay strand around the toothpicks, alternating in front and behind. When you get back to where you started, trim the excess clay.

Repeat with as many strands that will fit. (Remember to alternate the strands as well, so you get that basket weave look). When you get to the top, repeat the steps on making the base, and add to the top of the toothpicks.

At this point you can roll out a small piece of excess clay and cut it to fit in the bottom of the basket. In retrospect I should have done this when I made the base, but it still worked out doing it here.

Roll out a piece of clay and shape in a “U” to form the handle.  If you would like, place your jump ring or split ring on now. (For strength I used a split ring, so I had to put it on now as opposed to after the handle was attached. If you are  going to use a jump ring, however, you can add it later).

Place handle on top of your basket, pinching the ends to adhere it to the top of the basket. You can also use some TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) to glue the handle on before baking. *This seemed to give it extra strength, which I would recommend.

Bake according to package instructions, depending on the type of clay you used.

After my basket was baked and cooled, I glazed it with a glossy glaze and let dry. I also made a few little eggs out of scrap clay (baked and glazed). I cut up some Easter grass into smaller bits, and stuffed it in the bottom of the basket, then glued in the eggs with Weldbond glue.

This would make a perfect little Easter accessory for some-bunny special! (sorry, had to get at least one cheesy Easter phrase in here somewhere! I feel better now… )

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9 Responses to Polymer Clay Easter Basket Charm: How To

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  3. Jane Raymond says:

    So cute and clever! I am going to make these for my granddaughters. Thanks for the direstions.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks! I’m so glad you like it. What lucky granddaughters to have a grandmother willing to make them a handmade gift! My grandmother was a big influence in teaching me how to craft, and I think that kind of creative relationship is so special! :) Good luck!

  4. Sara K. says:

    I just found your blog after Googling “Clay Crafting Tips” :) I have never made anything with clay, but would like to start making some jewelry just to see what I can make. I would love to pick your brain LOL! I have so many questions about clay crafting! This is something I have been wanting to do for quite some time now, I just don’t know where to start. This little Easter basket is adorable, and you made it look so easy! Maybe I will try this as my first experiment! I have already bought several different clay colors (I bought the Sculpey brand, and 2 that say “Bake Shop”), and that’s it…what else do I need?
    I am going to explore your blog some more :) So glad I found you! Thanks so much for the post!!
    ~Sara K.

    • Jessica says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you found my site useful. Believe it or not, I just started working with polymer clay a few months ago—I’m proof that anyone can do it! If you haven’t already seen them, I also have a post about some Birthday Cake Stitch Markers (http://www.jessicaserra.com/2011/04/birthday-cake-stitch-markers-moms-b-day-part-1/), and in my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/jaserra) I have a ‘Veggie Seedlings Necklace’ in which all the little veggies were made with clay. Feel free to send me an email (me@jessicaserra.com) and I would be happy to help you as much as I can! Happy Crafting!

      P.S. Is your blog The Sweet Life? It’s so cute—I’ve been experimenting with some baking/cake decorating too!

  5. Storm Silvermane says:

    Hello,
    what a cute idea. I am glad I found this (via twitter) I am going to try and make this, I just recently started playing with clay and sculpting. I love giving my friends and family handmade gifts. Thanks so much for great directions.

    Storm

  6. Cute project! That was very clever to use toothpicks for strength and clay the same color to hide them. I was wondering how you were able to weave the sides like that without it collapsing. Great job!

  7. Awesome Basket!

    I’m your newest follower. Saw this basket on Craft Gossip.

    I would love for you to come over and share this and anything else you would like to share at our “Show Off Your Crafty Side Blog Hop.” Runs all week long, starting on Tuesdays.

    http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/2011/04/show-off-your-crafty-side-blog-hop-week_12.html

    Have a great weekend!

    Cindy

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