DIY Mermaid Jar
SURPRISE I have a new mermaid-themed post for you!
I don't need to start this post by saying how much I love mermaids because I'm hoping you already know that, but I will say that this jar is probably one of my favorite mermaid themed crafts to date. These jars look super mer-mazing with all of the different colored scales, and they are perfect for storing all of your dinglehoppers and ocean treasures! You can also use them for cute jewelry storage, so I included some of those pics below too. I know you're probably in a rush to get back to the ocean, so let's get right into it!
DIY Mermaid Jar Tutorial
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Start with your darkest clay color, and use your pasta machine or rolling pin to flatten the clay into an even thickness. I used the lowest setting on my pasta machine so that the clay was still pretty thick.
Use your X-Acto knife to cut scales out of the clay. Go ahead and freehand this and don't worry if the scales aren't all the same size- it makes it more realistic! Once you've cut the first round of scales you can attach it to the bottom of your jar by gently pressing the top end of the scale into the glass.
Once you have attached the first layer of scales it's time to add the next layer on top. You're going to want to attach the next scale in between the other two so that it covers the empty space. It sounds confusing but I promise it's super simple, check out the picture below to see how it's supposed to look.
It's time for some color! Repeat the same pattern as before with all of the different colors, and try to go from darkest to lightest so that you get this cool ombre/gradient effect. Kepp going until you get aaaall the way to the top of the jar.
After you've covered the entire jar, it's time to cover the cap! There are a bunch of different ways to do this so, this time, I decided to use up all of my excess clay from the scales and roll them into thin sausages. After I did that I twisted all of them together to make this awesome spiral pattern and then rolled it out again so that it was nice and smooth.
Start with one end of the colorful clay snake in the middle of your lid, and spiral it outwards. Make sure you push it down gently to ensure that it sticks to the cap.
Once you are totally happy with your fancy new mermaid jar, it's time to set the clay. Turn your oven on to 260 degrees Fahrenheit, and place your jar and lid into the oven and set a timer for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes are over and you've let your masterpiece cool down, you are officially the wonderful owner of a gorgeous mermaid jar! Take a look at some of the pics below to see how mine turned out :)
I seriously hope you love your adorable new mermaid jar as much as I love mine! Don;t forget that this tutorial works for old bowls, mugs, and other glass or ceramic items too- I'm thinking I might make a mermaid ring dish soon. Don't forget to tag me @tesnialys in any pics of your cool new trinket holder!