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DIY Home Decor: Make Your Own Geometric Paperweight

Just when we thought we didn't have any use for paperweights, this adorable DIY home decor project came along. These little paperweights are perfect for adding dimension to your office or bookshelf. Plus, they're the easiest project you'll ever do: just mold, bake, and decorate!


Gold accessories may be a mainstay in office decor this season, but these geometric clay paperweights are the perfect contrast. They're clean, modern, and totally customizable. Make this DIY home decor project all your own by painting each side a different color, or keep it monochromatic in any color of your choosing. I chose to leave mine unpainted. Not interested in a paperweight? Make a name card or a business card holder from a smaller shape with a slit or indentation in it. Cut a circle in the top and make a small candle holder, or go bigger and make a geometric vase! The possibilities are endless.


Materials: polymer clay; razor, sharp knife or plastic clay tools


1. Remove clay from packaging. Knead it with your hands for five minutes until it's soft and pliable. Roll the clay into a ball with your hands.

2. Using a clay knife, sharp knife, or razor, cut off various slices from the clay shape. Use firm pressure when shaping edges. Sawing through the clay will leave you with uneven edges. Continue cutting until you're satisfied with the shape. Tip: If you don't like the shape, simply knead the clay back together and start over.


3. Following the package instructions, bake the paperweights. This particular brand called for 15 minutes at 275 degrees for every ¼ inch of clay. I baked mine for roughly an hour.

4. Let the clay cool, and decorate your new paperweights as you like!

For more DIY home decor ideas from Samantha, go to The Brunette One.


Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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