Monday, December 24, 2012

Clay Christmas Decorations -Holiday Art Activity

Suitable for: Age 3-12
Difficultly: Easy
Time: Part A = 15-30mins plus + overnight drying time, Part B = 30mins

  • Baking Paper (non stick)
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter shapes, use scone cutters, egg rings
  • Air-dry clay (I have used Mont Marte brand -500g for approx $10-$15)
  • Clay tool set (can be found in discount store that sell art supplies for approx $9.95) includes; 
    • Wire toggles -to cut clay
    • knife
    • needle
    • and other tools not required for this activity
  • Non toxic paint (I have used Finger paint) for older kids Acrylic will be fine too
  • Water pot
  • fine synthetic brushes
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon 
Part A: Creating the Christmas Decoration Shapes
  1. Cut the clay by using the toggles or the clay knife (Adult supervision)
  2. Between two sheets of non-stick baking paper roll out the clay to desired thickness -I have made it about 0.5cm
  3. Choose your cookie cutter shape and push down using the palm of your hand
  4. Lift and pull away excess clay. Shape with finger if necessary to smooth edges. Scratch into with the needle to create patterns if desired.
  5. Place all the shapes on the non-stick baking paper and allow to dry -approx 24-48 hrs. 
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Note: As clay is drying it still appears wet and cold to touch. 
Wet Clay half dry


Part B: Painting the Christmas Decoration Shapes
  1. Set out paint on a palette (I have used a lid of a takeaway container. Ice-cream lids work well too). Put an apron on. Set down newspaper or a plastic sheet to cover the table. Get water pot ready and brushes.
  2. Start painting.
  3. While the decoration is still wet, shake glitter over and allow the shape to dry
  4. Spray a light covering of hair spray or fixative (art product) or spray varnish to help seal the decoration.
  5. Cut ribbon to size and put on the tree or give as a gift
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