I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing six fun crafts you can bake in the oven!
6 Simple Crafts You Can Bake in the Oven
Do you find yourself doodling on your notepad throughout the workday? Is your house lacking in personalized decorations that add a unique and customized sense of flair to your home? Or do you need a quick last-minute gift you can construct by hand? For all of the above, a simple do-it-yourself craft is always the answer!
While you may not consider yourself to be the next Vincent van Gogh, compiling a few crafts allows you to engage your artistic side with a sense of exploration actively. Don’t let the fear of intricate directions and unknown materials keep you away from crafting. If you have an oven and a few artistic materials, you’re ready to go!
Looking for a fun way and simple craft you can make this weekend? Get your oven ready — here are five crafty pieces you can prepare in your oven with ease.
- Record Bowls
Not sure what to do with that scratched Thriller album sitting in the back of your closet? Turn it into a useable bowl you can admire daily! While there are endless ways to transform your vinyl records into renewable pieces, this craft offers the perfect functionality without requiring too much artistic capability in the process. Record bowls provide an aesthetic interest that gives retro vibes and a sense of modernity to any room.
To create your dish, choose the albums you don’t mind upcycling. If you don’t have any records laying around your house, a quick trip to the thrift store or flea market will offer you some quick finds for a relatively low cost. Once you have your albums ready, preheat your oven to roughly 250° F. Place an oven-safe bowl upside down on a baking tray. Lay the record on top of the bowl, bake the record for a few minutes, and set your dish aside to cool before use.
2. Sharpie Mugs
Drink your morning cup of coffee inside a glass you’ll want to show off with pride. Sharpie mugs allow you to showcase your art in an everlasting way. If you need a last-minute gift and find yourself short on the amount of time you can dedicate to the present, opt for a simple yet unique mug your loved one is sure to enjoy, too.
Using a variety of sharpies, craft your design onto a solid colored ceramic mug. Pop your cup into a pre-heated oven set at 350° F for 30 minutes to stain your masterpiece onto the front of your morning drink. Who says art is just for the walls, after all?
3. Jewelry Pendants
Do you want a specific jewelry charm but can’t seem to find your favored design anywhere on the market? Why not make unique and customized pendants instead! Whether you intend to keep your jewelry or give your charms as a gift, baking clay jewelry pieces provides a fun and affordable activity even the most beginner level do-it-yourselfers can fulfill.
Using an oven-safe polymer clay, carefully place your materials into a silicone mold or shape them into your desired form. Bake the pieces according to the clay’s package instructions or the pieces’ dimensions and set them aside to cool once fully cooked. Add paint, glitter, and glaze to give your pendants a little-added oomph.
- Stamped Clay Ornaments
You can never have too many ornaments — especially ones you can craft yourself! Spend a night bonding with family and friends while making unique and fun stamp-print decorations you can hang on your Christmas year with a sense of sentiment every year.
Using a rolling pin, flatten your polymer clay onto a hard surface until you obtain an even layer. Using cookie cutters of various shapes, carve each clay piece and transfer the ornament to a baking sheet. Gently place stamps into the surface to create slight indents. Bake the decorations at roughly 200° F for several minutes and allow the ornaments to cool. Decorate your ornaments with paint and hang them around the house for added artistic interest.
5. Melted Bead Magnets
Let out your inner child with a perler bead craft that’s as simple as baking your shapes and sticking them to the outside of your fridge. Crafting should be therapeutic — not a call for hopelessly sticky fingers and tables full of glitter and paint. Melted bead art requires a simple vision and a set of beads you can arrange into your desired pattern. Once you stick them in the oven, the heat takes care of the rest and transform your beads into your artistic creations.
Glue a magnet onto the back of your perler bead image and stick your new craft on the fridge for an artistic display. If your fridge is already overloaded with your masterpieces and artwork, add a keychain to your melted beads instead.
Craft With Safety
While stoves are made for more than just food, there are a few materials you’ll want to omit from your baking supply list. You’ll want to set plastic and flammable materials aside and incorporate them into your crafts separately. However, that doesn’t mean your options are limited. There are quite a few bakeable mixed media materials you can use. You can carefully bake glass, metals and other non-flammable materials next to your polymer clay for added interest and versatility in your crafts. Other additions such as inks and stamps are oven-approved as well.
You don’t have to own an art studio to compose your next favorite art piece. With a few baking-safe materials and an oven to bake them in, you can quickly create a fun and crafty treasure worth sharing.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.