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Crafts: Honeybee Tea Set

Honeybee Tea Set

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Sweeten things up with a miniature service set that's perfect for a tiny tea party.

Materials

  • A wooden bead with a 1-inch or smaller diameter
  • Cornstarch
  • Polymer clay (such as Fimo or Sculpey III
  • Toothpick

Instructions

  1. TEACUPS: Dust the wooden bead with cornstarch and stick it to a tabletop with a ball of clay. Next, use your hands to roll some clay into a long, 1/4-inch-thick rope and coil it around the bead, spiraling about halfway down. Remove the clay from the bead, then shape the cup by gently pressing the coils together and flattening the bottom. Next, attach a rolled-clay handle, using a toothpick to press on the ends. (To turn a cup into a creamer, just pinch one side to form a spout.) Then bake the cl
  2. TEAPOT AND SUGAR BOWL: Follow the directions for making a cup. Once you've removed the bead, add two more rows of coils, decreasing the diameter of the opening as you go. Attach a teapot spout (hollow out the end with a toothpick) or sugar bowl handles. For a lid, top a coil disk with a ball-shaped handle or a bee fashioned out of bits of clay.
  3. SAUCERS AND PLATES: Press some clay into a 1/4-inch-thick sheet, and use a bottle cap or a jar lid to cut out saucers and plates.
  4. LAYER CAKE: Create the layers. Then, frost the whole cake with a thin sheet of white clay and decorate with mini clay flowers. Use a sharp blade (adults only) to cut it into slices.