Bookworm Note Holder

Materials

  • Recycled CD
  • Darice Craftwood Chalkboard with Frame, 2”x3”
  • Polyform Sculpey II Oven Bake Clay: Ballerina, Beige, Chocolate, Emerald, Granny Smith, Red Hot Red, Silver, Yellow
  • Black plastic-coated wire, 11” length
  • Black seed beads, two
  • Pink powdered blush

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Light Cinnamon, Warm White
  • Wooden dowel or clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Old or promo credit card (for cutter)
  • Oven
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Adhesive

Basic Supplies

black marker, ruler, toothpick, cotton swab, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

  • Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

STEP 2

  • On covered work surface, paint chalkboard frame Light Cinnamon. Let dry. Write teacher's name with Warm White. Let dry.

STEP 3

  • On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

STEP 4

  • For base, roll 1-1/2” Emerald clay ball. Flatten clay into 3"x3" mound. Press chalkboard into base, creating indentation in clay. Remove chalkboard.

STEP 5

  • For apple, roll 1-1/2” Red Hot Red clay ball, 1/4” Chocolate log (stem), and 1/4” Granny Smith log (leaf). Press stem into top of apple. Flatten leaf; press leaf on top of apple. Use toothpick to add leaf lines and details. Press apple on one side of base.

STEP 6

  • For pencil, roll 3/4” Yellow clay ball; flatten into 1-1/2” log. For eraser, roll 1/4” Ballerina clay ball. Press eraser on end of pencil. Roll 1/4” Silver clay ball; flatten and wrap around area between pencil and eraser. Use toothpick to add details. Press pencil on base.

STEP 7

  • For worm, roll one 1/2” ball and four 1/4” balls from Granny Smith clay. Press balls together, forming body. Push seed beads (eyes) into larger ball. Press worm on top of chalkboard, then remove.

STEP 8

  • For note holder, cut 10” wire length. Curl one end into spiral; insert other end in base.

STEP 9

  • Position note holder and worm on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay items in oven. Let cool completely.

STEP 10

  • Use cotton swab to blush worm’s cheek pink. Use black marker to color in pencil point and write "No. 2" on center of pencil.

STEP 11

  • Glue chalkboard on base, worm on chalkboard, and base on center of recycled CD.
by Pam Sicely
Bookworm Note Holder
Bookworm Note Holder