This post was written by Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade. Enjoy!
A big floral splash with just a few stems, that’s what this nifty little craft allows you to do. Perfect for all the sweet solitary sake cups and dessert glasses you may find at the thrift store. Make a simple flower frog top for the cup, out of clay. The holes in the frog hold the flowers upright and in place. A pretty Mother’s Day table display that the young ones can help make. Turn them into place cards by using a stick and washi tape flag stuck through the middle hole.
Flower Frog-Topped Mother’s Day Flowers
- Sake or ceramic cups, small dessert glasses or pottery bowls from the thrift store
- White oven baking clay (I was able to make 2 frog tops from one 2oz. package, on average the diameter of my cups was 2 ½”)
- Rolling pin
- Straw or chopstick
- Supermarket bouquet
- Optional: Craft paint and a brush
1. Rinse and dry the cups/glasses. Break off half of the 2oz. block of baking clay and knead to warm it up and make it pliable. Roll out the clay to about ¼” thickness (no thinner, but a little thicker is okay).
2. Turn your cup over and press the opening into the clay to leave an impression. Remove the cup. Evenly trim the edges of the clay. The frog top should just sit on top of the cup.
3. With a straw or chopstick, evenly space holes through the clay, inside the circle. I made 7 -9 holes in mine. Each hole will hold one flower or stem.
4. Bake the clay in the oven according the package instructions. Allow to cool before proceeding.
5. Optional, but you can paint the clay tops to match the vessel. I gave mine a quick coat of cream colored craft paint.
6. Arrange the blooms by sticking one in each hole (or more if you can fit them). To add water to the cup, gently lift the top, add water, and the arrangement stays in tack!