With the holidays over it’s time to settle back into a routine, and for me that means getting some projects done that I had put on hold while working on gifts for friends and families! If you have picked up a crochet hook, you know how easily they can tire out your hands, especially the smaller the hooks are right? My hands would ache after crocheting for a few hours and I knew I had to find some sort of solution if I was going to make it through the holiday season, so I decided to try my hand (pun intended) at these DIY Clay Crochet Hooks! They are super simple to make, can be customized using whatever colors you like, and add much needed girth to your standard hooks that will really take some of that pressure off of your hands when working on a project. Bonus, they also make great gifts for the crocheter in your life! Want to check out how to make them? Let’s get started!
Here is how easy it is to make your own DIY clay crochet hooks
You Will Need:
- Aluminum Crochet hooks in preferred sizes
- Oven bake clay in desired colors
- Parchment paper
- Optional: Sculpting tools
Step 1: Choose your clay color combination! You can use as many or as few colors as you would like. You will want to warm up your clay by taking it out of the package and rolling it into your hand until it is soft and malleable. Also go ahead and preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.
Step 2: Once you have your colors nice and soft it’s time to roll them out into thin strips, about 2 inches long. You will want to make as many as you want to use for 1 hook. Once they are are about the same length and width go ahead and lay them next to each other and pick them up.
Step 3: Begin to twist your colors around each other (it will look similar to a candy cane) until well combined, then fold the newly formed strip over (like in the photo above) and roll it in between your hands until the colors start to marble and are well combined. There is no wrong way to do this, just keep twisting and folding until the colors are how you like them.
Step 4: Once your colors are well combined its time to make your handle! You will want to make sure that your handle doesn’t cover the size of your hook! So I go in right under that number and press my hook into the clay and then begin to fold up the clay around the hook. You can use your sculpting tools to smooth our the area, or you can use your hands, both work well!
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for each crochet hook you want to make, and when you have all of them done and ready to go, go ahead and transfer them to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and pop them in the oven at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes. Pull them out and leave them to cure for 24 hours before attempting to use them.
And that’s it ya’ll! I told you it was so easy to make your own DIY Clay Crochet Hooks! 5 simple steps and you have some beautiful and practical crochet hooks that are perfect for every day use!
What color combo would you use for your crochet hooks? Let me know in the comments below!
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- 10 quick and easy crochet holiday gifts
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