5 fun stoner crafts to keep you busy this winter

Published Feb 13, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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The months are long, cold, and for the most part, pretty boring once Christmas and New Years have passed, but that just means that you’ll have to find something to do to keep yourself entertained. Now some people like rhythm and consistency, and for them, something like knitting or crocheting might be more suitable, but for the hands-on kind of folks who like to wing it and work their mind to come up with unique ideas and designs, this stoner crafts list is going to be the best there is.

There are, of course, thousands of weed art ideas out there to choose from, but today we wanted to keep things simple with some easy DIY pot leaf projects that don’t take special skills or prior experience to pull off, and they help to pass the time quite nicely on a budget.

1. A clay vase with pot leaf decals

No, we aren’t going to suggest that you buy one of those spinning clay tables, though the idea might sound intriguing at first, there is a much simpler way to create your very own weed art using only two or three materials and a little bit of imagination.

You will need:

  • 3 packages air dry clay
  • Pot leaf (or buds)
  • Knife (or another pointed tool for carving

Instructions

  1. Empty all the clay onto a clean and dry surface.

  2. Press the bricks together and then shape them into a vase, using your fingers to gently press into the middle to create a hole that is deep enough for the flowers and water to sit.

  3. Now take out a pot leaf or two and press them into the sides of the vase as a sort of trim or use the plant materials in pretty much any other way that you could think of. Grind it up into a powder and press it into designs or carve beautiful images or traces of cannabis leaves. The decorating portion is entirely up to you, so do whatever you need to make this piece into the weed art of your dreams.

  4. Leave the clay to set according to the directions on the package. Dry time can vary anywhere from 30 minutes up to 8 hours, so it is important to go by the product instruction manual.

2. Pressed and framed weed art

This is another excellent way to celebrate the natural beauty of marijuana plants, as it allows you to frame and display literally anything that you find visually appealing. That could be one or several fan leaves, fair-sized colas, or kief either alone or in combination with a splash of color with the addition of paint.

You will need:

  • 1 photo frame
  • 1 pot leaf (or other cannabis plan material
  • Clear Elmer’s School Glue
  • Paintbrush(es)
  • Paint (optional)

Instructions

  1. Any old frame that you have lying around can be used and if it doesn’t fit the color of your décor, don’t worry, as you can always paint the frame later. Once you’ve settled on a photo frame, start by removing the back.

  2. Now clean the inside and the glass to the best of your ability, as once this weed art gets pressed together, it will be challenging to go back to make adjustments if you notice it later on.

  3. Decide on the kind of design you are going for, and then use the dry glass surface as a practice guide for the real thing by laying out the leaves or buds and adjusting them to positions that you like.

  4. Once you’ve settled on a basic design, you will need to get out the glue and start sticking everything into place piece by piece. With larger heavier cannabis materials, it might be easiest to apply a thin layer of glue to the entire glass surface so that you’ll have a good base to work from, and with small leaves, a tiny dab of glue on the front might be best. Use your best judgment and work accordingly.

  5. When all the pieces have been glued down, wait for a while, allowing it to dry. A minimum of 30-60 minutes is recommended before moving onto adding paint. If you aren’t adding paint, then you can skip over this step and the next one.

  6. Add a splash of whatever colors that suit your preference using small brush strokes and paint to ensure an even tone throughout.

  7. Now that your beautiful weed art piece has finally come together, it’s time to seal the deal by gently placing the backing onto the photo frame.

3. Cannabis gems

The term ‘Cannabis gems’ sounds almost magical, and they truly are, which is why they’ve made it onto our top of ‘weed art for winter’ list. Though they might sound like something from out of this world, cannabis gems are easy to make and is a perfect way to celebrate the true beauty of marijuana plants. Encase of the most glorious buds from your harvest as a memento to the glorious year behind you and the many that still lie ahead.

You will need:

  • Clean Elmer’s School Glue
  • Bath bomb mold
  • Cannabis buds
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Spray a thin layer of cooking oil to coat the outside of the bath bomb mold.

  2. Fill the bottom half of the mold with clear glue.

  3. Gently placed your prized cannabis pieces just into the glue so that half of
    them still remain above the fill line.

  4. Leave the mold for 6 hours to set.

  5. Pop the half of a sphere out of the mold and then spray it with cooking oil and fill it again with the clear school glue.

  6. Gently place the hardened half on top of the glue and press down as firmly as you can. If a little bit pours out now, that’s ok, as its best to have too much rather than too little which can create air pockets.

  7. Leave the gem to harden for at least 6 hours.

  8. Pop the gem from the mold and then you will finally have a perfectly shaped see-through window to a perfectly preserves cannabis leaf or bud.

4. Cannabis snowman

Since it’s the middle of winter, it’s an excellent time to use the free materials that mother nature gives us to build a snowman, but this isn’t any regular snow creature, as this one is going to be really happy to be decorated with cannabis.

You will need:

  • 2 large fan leaves
  • 2 cannabis branches (or stalks)
  • A mixture of buds and or leaves
  • Scarf
  • Hat
  • Snow

Instructions

  1. Start with the base by rolling up the biggest snowball that you can manage. This way, everyone can see your creative weed art. Once it’s ready, roll it on over to its final resting place so that you can work on the rest of the pieces.

  2. Now you need a second middle body snowball that is just slightly smaller than the first. When you are satisfied with the ball, then you can set it on top of the base. Sometimes it helps to flatten the top of the base a little bit so that there is a ledge that adds support.

  3. Finally, it’s time to make the head, and ideally, this one should be at least large enough to comfortably hold your chosen hat.

  4. Add the decorative hat and scarf to your snowman.

  5. Grab the cannabis branches and insert them into the sides of the snowman for arms.

  6. This is where things get interesting, as you can go with a few different ideas to make your snowman weed art unique. Use one large pot leaf for each eye or install a couple of busty cannabis buds instead. Go with the flow and use the bright green cannabis materials to create a masterpiece that’s perfect for winter.

5. Pot leaf earrings

These pot leaf earrings are a fantastic way to show off your love for marijuana plants with style, and the best part is that they hold up well short term, leaving you looking stunning for a few events before providing a clean slate to work for next time. That way you can keep your look changing by adding or alternating between a plan look or paint with some glitter here and there.

You will need:

  • Clear enamel
  • 2 large pot leaves
  • Earring hooks
  • Superglue
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Coat each pot leaf using a paintbrush with a thin coating of enamel and leave them to dry for approximately 5 minutes, even if it says that it’s fast drying.

  2. Check to see if the enamel is dry. If it is, flip them over and proceed with coating the other sides, but if it isn’t, then you might want to wait until you can handle them with confidence without them sticking to your fingers.

  3. Now you want to add a second layer of enamel with another 5-minute wait time between layers to ensure that they are set. This adds extra strength and is necessary if you want them to last for more than one night.

  4. Locate the tiny loop at the end of the earring hook and place a small dab of superglue there before pressing the encased pot leaf onto it.

  5. Hold the leaf in place for one full minute so that it has time to harden completely.
    That’s it! that’s all! You’ve just made your very own set of cannabis earrings!

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