DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

DIY Mini Mountain Photo Holders

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

I could honestly dream up polymer clay DIY ideas every week for the rest of my life. I, Teri, love this stuff and can’t get enough of just how versatile it is as a material. Even better is that this tutorial doesn’t involve rolling or moulding, so it literally couldn’t be simpler unless a very kind person did it for you instead (ha!). These DIY mini mountain photo holders are a super cute way to display your own snaps, creations, or the sweet momentos you pick up on your merry way. Not to mention they’re perfect for the upcoming holidays!

Have a few dotted along a shelf or one by your bed to create an interesting way of showing off your paper goods, especially those that aren’t quite big enough for your walls but love regardless…

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Materials:

  • 3 Blocks of polymer clay (like this, this, and this)
  • Cutting knife
  • Cutting mat or board
  • Metallic gold nail polish
  • Strong all purpose glue

Preheat you oven to the temperature suggested on the clay packet.

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and clothDIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Start by cutting your clay block in half with your knife to make the whole thing thinner. Then cut triangles from this thickness, about an inch tall. These will be your actual holders. Use your knife to cut down the middle from the top of each, just stopping short of the bottom. This will provide the slit for you photos / postcards to sit in.

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Then cut the remaining clay in half again so it’s left even thinner than before but not so thin that it becomes really flimsy. Cut out medium and small triangles from this new thickness, to be used along with the larger ones later.

Place all of these on a tray lined with foil or baking paper and oven bake for the length of time suggested on the clay packet.

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Once baked, leave to cool so all the shapes have hardened and then paint the tips with the metallic gold nail polish and leave to dry.

Now you can assemble the mountain holders. Squeeze a little all purpose glue on either corner of a large triangle and sit a medium and small triangle against it to create the look of a mini mountain range. Make sure they sit flat against the ground and leave to dry. Repeat with the remaining shapes and voila!

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and clothDIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

I told you there wasn’t even a hand workout required with this clay project. Who needs to exercise their hands after all?

You can easily experiment with different colors and perhaps even use paint to create patterned mountains too. Why not upscale the project to create a bigger DIY mountain range to hold bigger prints?! Plus, these are perfect for the upcoming holiday cards!

teri Teri is a designer, illustrator, stylist, crafter. Originally trained in print and surface pattern design, she has since had five years experience designing in-house for a greetings card company, and now creates The Lovely Drawer full-time from her little London flat.
DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

DIY Mini Mountain Photo Holders

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

I could honestly dream up polymer clay DIY ideas every week for the rest of my life. I, Teri, love this stuff and can’t get enough of just how versatile it is as a material. Even better is that this tutorial doesn’t involve rolling or moulding, so it literally couldn’t be simpler unless a very kind person did it for you instead (ha!). These DIY mini mountain photo holders are a super cute way to display your own snaps, creations, or the sweet momentos you pick up on your merry way. Not to mention they’re perfect for the upcoming holidays!

Have a few dotted along a shelf or one by your bed to create an interesting way of showing off your paper goods, especially those that aren’t quite big enough for your walls but love regardless…

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Materials:

  • 3 Blocks of polymer clay (like this, this, and this)
  • Cutting knife
  • Cutting mat or board
  • Metallic gold nail polish
  • Strong all purpose glue

Preheat you oven to the temperature suggested on the clay packet.

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and clothDIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Start by cutting your clay block in half with your knife to make the whole thing thinner. Then cut triangles from this thickness, about an inch tall. These will be your actual holders. Use your knife to cut down the middle from the top of each, just stopping short of the bottom. This will provide the slit for you photos / postcards to sit in.

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Then cut the remaining clay in half again so it’s left even thinner than before but not so thin that it becomes really flimsy. Cut out medium and small triangles from this new thickness, to be used along with the larger ones later.

Place all of these on a tray lined with foil or baking paper and oven bake for the length of time suggested on the clay packet.

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

Once baked, leave to cool so all the shapes have hardened and then paint the tips with the metallic gold nail polish and leave to dry.

Now you can assemble the mountain holders. Squeeze a little all purpose glue on either corner of a large triangle and sit a medium and small triangle against it to create the look of a mini mountain range. Make sure they sit flat against the ground and leave to dry. Repeat with the remaining shapes and voila!

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and clothDIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

DIY mini mountain photo or card holders - sugar and cloth

I told you there wasn’t even a hand workout required with this clay project. Who needs to exercise their hands after all?

You can easily experiment with different colors and perhaps even use paint to create patterned mountains too. Why not upscale the project to create a bigger DIY mountain range to hold bigger prints?! Plus, these are perfect for the upcoming holiday cards!

teri Teri is a designer, illustrator, stylist, crafter. Originally trained in print and surface pattern design, she has since had five years experience designing in-house for a greetings card company, and now creates The Lovely Drawer full-time from her little London flat.

Comments

  • Sarah

    09.23.15

    These are the cutest! Love the color combo.

  • nancy

    09.23.15

    I love this project..a set of three would be a perfect little Christmas gift…just add your fave photos of the recipient.

  • Hey Fancy Face

    09.23.15

    Wow, I love this!! So pretty!!! Thanks for posting :)

  • Kelly

    09.23.15

    I love this! I’m trying to revamp my room so I will definitely be trying this out.

  • Brett

    09.23.15

    I love these! I am thinking about making them as wedding favors. It seems like it might be a lot of work to make that many, but they are so cute! I wonder how much I’d need for 200…

  • Liv

    09.23.15

    These are unbearably cute! *runs to the shop to buy clay* Liv x

  • Ruthie

    09.24.15

    So cute! I love these, even my lazy self can probably manage to make a couple, so sweet and so effective. As Nancy said, would make a great photo holder gift.

  • Kate

    09.24.15

    So cute!! Are the three links to the polymer clay the exact colors used? Twinkle Twinkle, Gray Granite, and Translucent? The one color looks more peachy-pink. Was there pigment added?

    • Alana kate said:

      Yeah that’s what I’m thinking too- they just don’t look the same :/

    • Ashley said:

      No pigment was added, but Teri is based in the UK and they offer different colors there that are not easily accessible in the U.S. and other countries, so I linked to the closest that was readily available :)

  • Julie Wylie

    09.25.15

    Love this DIY! Totally going to use this for my next art market. Will be perfect to display my cards & prints!

    • Ashley said:

      Love that idea!

  • Kelly

    09.27.15

    These are so cute!! I love the colours and I love how simple it is to make them.

  • Jessica

    09.27.15

    I LOVE these! I’m going to make a couple of them for my husband to put on his desk. Mountains have a special significance to us, so I’m excited for this project. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ashley

    09.29.15

    Why oh why did these have to be so darn cute?! <3

  • Wow!These are so cute.Love the granite one the most
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial:)

  • Aiza

    06.23.16

    This is AMAZING! I’m DEFINITELY going to be making this to display my prints :)