Looking for a fun and easy way to add aromatherapy to almost anything!? These simple and easy clay impressions can be added to things like bookmarks, made into jewelry, added to planters, the possibilities are endless. It's a fun and simple craft for the kids and adults to do this summer. So grab a basket and go collect some nature and have fun creating and trying different plants to make all sorts for fun designs.
Step #1: Collect things from nature
Have fun going around the yard and collect interesting looking leaves and things from nature. My daughter and I have found that leaves and plants with deep veins on the back work the best to make a nice impression. We take a little basket and have so much fun looking for new things to try out.
Step #2: Prepare the clay
We have used both polymer clay and air dry clay. Both work well and come in a variety of colors. Kneed the clay to soften then roll it out using a rolling pin until it is about 1/4-1/8 " thick. Place leaves on clay and gently press in place. Then using the rolling pin apply light to medium pressure and roll over the leaves. Then gently remove leaves. I find using a tooth pick to lift the edge works well to get it started.
Step #3: Cut out design
You can cut out your design using a thin knife or I used a plastic clay knife. You can also use cookie cutters depending on what you are using it for. No need to be perfect when cutting out a shape you can always fix any mistakes after by gently running a finger along the cut edge to smooth or once dry use a little sand paper for rough edges. If you want to hang your piece be sure at this point to add a hole in one end. I found a kabob skewer works really well.
Step #4: Dry the clay
Check the directions on the clay you used for either air dry instructions or baking instructions. Once dry and cooled you can add your impressions to just about anything!
Step #5: Add essential oils!
To add in a touch of aromatherapy simply place a drop of essential oil on your clay impression and rub in gently. Here are some great oils to try.
Add the oils to your impression on a bookmark and then place the bookmark in the back of your book so you can smell the invigorating scent and stay focused while you read.
Lemon has a bright citrus scent that can uplift your mood.
Peppermint is invigorating and refreshing and creates a stimulating and focused atmosphere when diffused.
Tip: Mix both Peppermint and Lemon together to help give you an energy boost!
Lavender has a scent that is fresh, floral, clean, and calm. Lavender may promote feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension and has balancing properties that calm the mind and body.
Stress Away contains a unique combination of Lime essential oil and vanilla extract. It promotes relaxation and a calming environment and has an inviting aroma that helps calm the mind.
These are just a few of my favorites but there are so many more! You can have so much fun trying out different oils on your clay impressions.
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