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Shell Encrusted Clay Decorations

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This is a simple activity for young children to make a pretty hanging shell decoration. It would make a lovely Mother's Day, Christmas or Birthday gift.

Time: 20 minutes plus at least 24 hours drying time
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Level: Easy

Materials
Air drying clay
Shells
Ribbon
Skewer
PVA Glue



squishing clay kids craft
Starting materials ready to go


Method
Take a small lump of clay and warm it in your hands, squishing and squeezing it.



squishing clay kids craft


Roll into a ball then flatten by rolling with a rolling pin until you have a disc of clay about half a centimetre thick



placing shells on clay disc




shells clay hanging decoration, easy kids craft


Pick out shells and press them into the clay disc. Let children think about whether they will pick a theme (e.g. colours and shapes of shells) or just random shells



placing shells on clay disc
Lovely spiral shapes




shells clay hanging decoration, easy kids craft
Different shapes with the same colour


Using the skewer, make a hole where you want to attach your ribbon



shells clay hanging decoration, easy kids craft
Don't go too close to the edge otherwise it may crack when dry


Allow to dry for at least 24 hours
Carefully lift the shells, add some glue into the indents then press the shells back into place



gluing shell onto shell encrusted clay decoration
Add some glue to secure the shells


Tie ribbon through the hole



shells clay hanging decoration, easy kids craft


Your shell encrusted clay decoration is now ready to hang. This could look pretty on a Christmas tree or homemade decorative tree. You could also try buttons or other embellishments instead of shells.



hanging shell clay decoration easy kids craft activity idea


To extend the activity you can have fun pressing ridged shells into clay to make a textured impression.



placing shells on clay disc




placing shells on clay disc
Impression of shell in clay


Categories
#Under 5s
#5 to 10s
#Easy
#Mothers Day
#Christmas
#Birthday
#Decoration
#Clay
#Shells
#Fine Motor Skills
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