One of my favorite cut flowers is the arum lily. They always look stunning on their own or in a bunch. grouped together in an unusual vase. We have some beautiful cultivars in our garden ponds and they flower profusely for most of the Summer. Sadly, when Autumn rolls around my homegrown supply of fresh arums dwindles to nothingness, which is why I decided to make myself these clay arum lilies.

Quick and easy to make, these clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

Now I can use them all year round and IMHO that curly wire spadix gives the flower such an unusual twist too.

Quick and easy to make, these air dry clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

Not only are they easy to make, but each arum only takes about 10 minutes to put together (excluding drying time).  Worth every second in my humble opinion.

Quick and easy to make, these clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

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What you need

  • Airdry clay
  • Jewelry wire 14 – 18 gauge depending on the size of your flowers
  • Galvanized wire
  • Florist tape
  • Wax paper
  • An empty bottle or rolling pin
  • Round tube. I used an effervescent tablet bottle
  • Toothpick
  • Sharp pencil or skewer
  • Clear matt varnish or Paint

What you need to make a clay arum lily with a wire spadix

How to make clay arum lilies with wire spadix

Watch the action-packed video down below to see just how easy it is to make these beauties or scroll down for the step-by-step instructions and pics 😉

How to Make a Clay Arum Lilly

Grab a handful of airdry clay and knead it. Kneading removes air bubbles and makes it more pliable and easier to shape or join.

Knead the air dry clay to remove any air bubbles and soften it up

Place the clay on the wax paper and cover it with another piece of wax paper. Roll it out so it’s about 1/2 cm (¼”) thick.

Use a glass bottle or rolling pin to roll the clay flat

Use a sharp craft knife to cut a teardrop shape in the clay. Remove the excess bits and smooth the cut edges.

Use a craft knife to cut out a tear drop shape

Use your fingers to flatten the sides of the teardrop form.

Flatten the edges of the form by lightly squishing the edges

Carefully bend the bottom edges together so they overlap a little.

Use your hands to shape the arum lily

Gently press the bottom edges together.

Use your hands to shape the arum lily

Use a toothpick to make a hole in the bottom. We’ll be adding the wire spadix here once the clay dries.

Insert a toothpick in to the bottom

Bend and form the arum into shape, smoothing the clay with a little bit of water as you go.

Use your hands to shape the arum lily

Once you’re happy with the shape, drape the arum lily over an effervescent tablet bottle to cure overnight or however long it takes in your neck of the woods.

Place the arum lily over a tube form to dry

Seal the clay arum with one or two coats of clear matt varnish or craft paint.

Once the clay dries, paint and/or seal the air dry clay

Making the wire spadix and adding a stem

If you’ve seen the tattooed wall art I’ve shared, you’ll know how much I enjoy combining wire and clay. The wire adds a quirky factor to the whole look, which I love. The clay arums are also ideal for using up any jewelry wire scraps you’ve saved. To make the spadix, cut a length of wire about 30 cm (12″) long. Wrap one end of the wire around a skewer or pencil and curl it down and around the skewer until it’s the right length.

Wrap the wire around a pencil or skewer

Remove the curled wire from the skewer and pull it slightly apart. Twist the bottom of the wire spadix so it goes straight down.

Bend the wire under the spadix to straighten it out

You should end up with something like this.

A close up of the curly wire spadix

Jewelry wire is really soft and won’t hold the weight of the arums on its own, so we need to strengthen the stems with some galvanized wire.

Insert the wire spadix and wrap the galvanized wire and jewelry wire together with florist tape

Measure how long you want the stem to be a cut a piece of galvanized wire. Insert the straight edge of the wire spadix in the arum lily hole.

Insert the wire spadix and wrap the galvanized wire and jewelry wire together with florist tape

Place the galvanized wire next to the spadix stalk and wrap the two wires together with florist tape.

Insert the wire spadix and wrap the galvanized wire and jewelry wire together with florist tape

Pop the clay arum lilies with wire spadix in a pretty vase.

Quick and easy to make, these clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

Not bad for a few minutes of rolling clay and wire 😀

Quick and easy to make, these air dry clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

What do you think?

Quick and easy to make, these clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

Do you like the addition of a wire spadix to the arum lily?

Quick and easy to make, these clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

If you like the idea of creating making clay arums with wire spadix, don’t forget to pin it for later.

Quick and easy to make, these clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

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Quick and easy to make, these clay arum lilies with a curly wire spadix are striking on their own or grouped together in a bouquet. Detailed tutorial on the blog with of step-by-step photos and video. #acraftymix #arum #calla

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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