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Clay Christmas Decorations

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Air-dry clay is simple to use and doesn't need any glazing or specialist kiln to fire. The white variety can be used to make simple but effective Christmas decorations, imprinted with Christmassy stamps.



Air-dry clay Christmas decorations


Time: 10 minutes (plus 24-48 hours drying time)
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's, Over 10's, Any Age
Level: Easy



Air-dry clay Christmas decorations


Materials
White air-dry clay
Damp cloth
Small rolling pin
Pastry cutters in various shapes (e.g star, heart, Christmas tree)
Stamps or other items to make an impression e.g. leaves
Decorations e.g. plastic jewels, glitter
Wooden or metal skewer



Air-dry clay, damp cloth


Method
Lay out the slightly damp cloth on a worktop.
Roll out the clay to the desired thickness. I like a very thin decoration, but this makes it more brittle and difficult for younger children to work with. 0.25 - 0.5 cm should work. The thicker it is, the longer it will take to dry.



Air-dry clay, damp cloth


Cut out the shapes you want from the clay with cookie cutters. I liked the heart best, but anything would work. A bauble shape would be particularly nice.



Air-dry clay, damp cloth


Using the skewer or stick (I just used a wooden skewer) make a hole in the top of the decoration.



Air-dry clay, damp cloth



Christmas tree, air-dry clay, stamps


Using your stamps or leaves, make the impressions you want on the clay.



Christmas tree, air-dry clay, stamps


You can alternate the flat and the pointed end of the skewer to make interesting dotty designs.



Christmas tree, air-dry clay, stamps


Impress the jewels or other items into the clay in interesting patterns.



Christmas tree, air-dry clay, stamps


Leave to dry, you'll know when it is dry as the colour will have changed from grey to bright white.



Air-dry clay Christmas decorations


If you are painting the decorations, do it now. Acrylic paint will give a very vibrant colour.
Thread brightly-coloured ribbons through the holes.



Air-dry clay Christmas decorations


Tie the ribbons and hang the decorations on a tree.



Air-dry clay Christmas decorations, ribbon, heart, Christmas tree


Categories
#Christmas
#Any Age
#Easy
#Under 5s
#5 to 10s
#Over 10s
#Parent Craft
#Craft
#Natural Materials
#Clay
#Air Dry Clay
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