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Quick Clay Cutouts Tell You Which Plant Is Which

Magazine article Sunset

Quick Clay Cutouts Tell You Which Plant Is Which

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TURN YOUR GARDEN into a curiouser and curiouser wonderland with these Alice-inspired plant labels. The labels are made from self-hardening clay--no kiln-or oven-firing is necessary.

Just an hour's efforts yield these functional garden decorations. Under appropriate supervision, they can be a good project for a child's imagination and skills.

Materials. To make the labels, you need self-hardening clay--available at hobby shops and art supply stores. It comes in red and gray, and costs $4 to $7.50 for a 5pound box.

You also need a piece of canvas, a rolling pin, paper templates and a sharp kitchen or utility knife (or cookie cutters) for shaping, a nail for lettering, mat-finish acrylic varnish, brass dowels (each about 1/8 inch in diameter and 12 inches long) for label stands, and waterproof epoxy. Hobby shops sell brass dowels in 12-inch lengths for less than $1 (as an alternative, cut coat hangers for stands). …

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