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by  MaddyLane

“Kick off the Summer with Maple-leaf Lanterns”

Celebrate Canada’s birthday with family picnics, barbecues, and fireworks. To
add to the national celebration, why not show off our maple leaves with pride
and make festive leaf lanterns? Maple-leaf shapes are fashioned out of clay,
decorated with leaf imprints and then placed around plain glassware, votive holders, items
that you already have and transform them into spectacular summer patio lanterns. Make it
a family activity and get the kids involved, its a super cottage or day camp activity!

Hands-on time: Under three hours.
Total time: Plus drying time for the clay, the waterproofing agent and the silicone adhesive.
Skill: Moderate.
Project cost: Under $25.00 for the supplies.
Materials & tools:
•  3 tall cylindrical clear glasses, 4 votive glasses
•  Natural red non-firing (no bake) clay by Gedeo
•  R pin or clay roller, a knife, and clay tools
•  Ruler
•  Bowl of water
•  Maple-leaf cookie cutter (available at specialty cookware stores)
•  A few real maple leaves (to make leaf imprints onto the clay leaves)
•  Large empty bottle wrapped in cellophane paper
•  Damp cloth and a clean cloth
•  Waterproofing agent by Gedeo
•  Paintbrush  2.5 cm
•  Clear silicone adhesive
•  Tea-lights and votive candles
•  3 decorative plates
(Materials for this project are available at arts and crafts stores.)

















Gedeo is a natural modeling clay that air dries to achieve high stability and strength, it
hardens without needing firing. Once dried, a waterproofing agent treatment can be applied
to produce waterproof containers or accessories for decorative use.

Wash the glassware with soapy water, rinse and towel dry.

On a clean surface such as a plastic placemat, cut the clay brick into three equal parts.
With clean hands, knead one part until it is soft and smooth. With a rolling pin, roll out the
clay into a 30 cm diameter circle, about 5 mm thick.

Use a knife to cut one strip measuring 7.5 cm wide by the circumference of your glassware.
Use the cookie cutter to cut out two maple-leaf shapes within the strip. Use the remaining
clay to cut several more maple-leaf shapes with the cookie cutter. Add leaf texture to the
strips and onto the leaf shapes by pressing real leaves into the clay for a few seconds. Roll
the strip onto the bottom half of the tall glass, bonding the join with water and your finger
tip. Bend clay leaves to take the shape of the glasses and votive holders.

Knead another section of clay, and repeat the above steps.

Knead the last section of clay, and make a larger, wider lantern band by following the steps
above, only make the strip bigger and roll it around a larger bottle wrapped with cellophane
paper.

Cover your work with a slightly damp cloth to avoid cracks. Set aside to dry for 10 to 12
hours.

Apply a coat of the waterproofing agent (an acrylic resin-based product) which is ideal for
waterproofing containers made from non-firing clay. The agent has a yellowish colour which
makes it easy to see areas that have not been coated. The colour disappears and
becomes transparent within a few days in full light. Drying time is about 10 hours. Clean the
glasses again after applying the waterproofing agent, if needed.

Apply clear silicone adhesive to the back of the clay maple leaves, and gently press them
into place around the glasses and votives. Let cure for 6 to 8 hours.

Place the clay lanterns onto decorative plates, and simply add candles to enjoy the festive
glow throughout the whole summer season.



Tips: If you can’t find a maple-leaf cookie cutter, you can use a stencil with a maple-leaf cut-
out as your guide.
If cracks appear in your work, simply place small pieces of clay over the cracked area and
smooth with a bit of water on your finger tip.
Prior to applying the waterproofing treatment the clay pieces can be painted if desired
using acrylic paints or Ceramic paints by Pébéo and let dry. For clay items to be used as
decorative accents onto frames, mirrors, and boxes a regular varnish or glaze can be
applied over the clay painted pieces.




















Variations: This is an ideal project to do at the cottage or summer camp. Let children make
clay shapes of their choice using assorted cookie cutters, then let them paint the shapes as
they wish. You may be surprised with what they come up with!

Make extra maple leaves to place around a festive table. Write your guests’ names or mark
the names of assorted cheeses with a paint marker. Make napkin rings or embellish a plain
wine bottle holder using leftover clay.
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Stylish clay leaf accents;
Gedeo clay is a natural
modeling clay that air dries
to achieve high stability and
strength, it hardens without
needing firing.
• Make extra maple
leaves to place around a
festive table. Write your
guests’ names or mark
the names of assorted
cheeses with a paint
marker. Make napkin
rings or embellish a plain
wine bottle holder using
leftover clay.
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