I'm always looking for the perfect shelf and/or coffee table decor. Something that's simple, easy and gives you something interesting to look at! I tend to buy small faux plants or small statue-like things. I find such things aimlessly walking the aisles of Homegoods!
The last couple of months, however, while on Instagram, I saw some home decor accounts where they made their own paperweight! Now paperweights also make great decor items, as you can easily place them in a pretty tray on your coffee table or even use them as a book-end on a shelf. I don't think I ever really knew what "polymer clay" was, but I saw that these decorative items were made from this type of clay. While in Michael's Crafts one day, I decided to pick some up!
Now if you don't know what polymer clay is, it's a clay (duh) that can be manipulated and rolled and kneeded and made into something! They come in a variety of colors too! After you've made whatever the item is that you're making, you then put the item in the oven (yup, you're regular ole' oven) for a few minutes and let it "bake." You then take it out, let it cool, and voila! You can then paint the piece or leave it as is if you purchased a specific color. All polymer clay brands are different too. There's some that you can actually just let it air dry and it hardens.
So now that I purchased my own polymer clay, I decided to make one of those cool, modern knots. I've actually seen some on home decor websites where they sell for $100+!
It's a super easy DIY and you what's great is that you can make it look however you'd like!