I’m all about that southwestern life. I’m obsessed with cactus and succulents, tee pees, and anything western. So it’s no surprise that I would create something that incorporates those things.
I remember the first time I stumbled upon these darling cookie cutters! I remember thinking “I could totally make something with these.” Since I’m not the best baker, I would have to use them for something else creative.
So that’s when I started brainstorming to make a wind chime. That’s what it started off as and then I realized that using this polymer clay wouldn’t make any noise like a chime.
This dilemma turned my cute chime idea into a wall hanging or mobile…call it what you want. It’s something that you can hang on your wall haha.
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DIY Southwestern Wall Hanging
- Southwest Cookie Cutters. I bought these and these.
- Oven Bake Polymer Clay
- Wooden Dowel. I used a 3/8″ x 12″ dowel.
- Acrylic paint. I have this set so that I can customize my own colors instead of just basic colors.
- Skewer, straw, or something pointy to poke holes in hanging pieces and beads. You can buy skewers for super cheap and use them for all types of crafts and even barbecuing.
- Monofilament Invisible Cord. This will be used to tie all the pieces together.
- Jute Twine.
- Sculpey Satin Glaze. Use this if you want a shine finish instead of matte.
- Mini Hot Glue Gun.
First I used my polymer clay and rolled it out to about 1/4″ thick. I picked out which cookie cutters I would use. I used the cactus, coyote, feather, and teepee for my wall hanging. Once you choose what design you want, cut the clay with cookie cutters and create a hole at the top with a skewer or straw.
I also rounded some clay into small balls to create beads and poked a hole through them with the sharp end of the skewers.
Bake according to package. I baked my pieces for about 20 mins at 225.
Once your pieces are done baking. Arrange them so that you can get an idea of how you want them to hang. I didn’t stick to my original layout but it’s ok to change your mind. 🙂
It’s time for the best part. Painting. 🙂 I changed my mind on colors for this so many times. They good thing about painting is once the paint is dry you can just paint over it.
Next you’ll want to tie your pieces together in a way that you want them to hang. I just used basic knots to hold my pieces together. I tried to tie them in the best way so that they would lay more flush. This was a little trial and error but you can always tie and untie to find the perfect lay. Once you get all the pieces tied together with your Monofilament Invisible Cord, attache them to the wooden dowel.
Time to make the hanging piece. This was pretty easy. Just measure out how long you want your jute twine to be from the dowel. I winged it and cut off any excess twine. I used a hot glue gun to attach the twine to both ends of the dowel.
Obviously we wont leave the dowel looking like this so we have to wrap it with some of the jute twine.
WARNING: This is a very tedious process and requires patience.
This took me about 10-15 mins to wrap. You can also use ribbon or something thicker if you want to save time. I personally like how the twine look came out and it’s worth the time. 🙂
You will want to add some glue to secure the beginning of the twine wrap. I add hot glue at the beginning and at the end. There’s no need to add it along the full width of the dowel. As long as you pull it taught it will stay in place.
Once your glue is dried you’re finished! 🙂
Here’s my finished wall hanging.
I hope you enjoy making this.
I have so much fun tapping into my creative side. It’s so therapeutic for me and is quite relaxing. Remember always let your creative side fly free and don’t be critical on yourself if it’s not perfect. That’s what makes art, art. 🙂