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
- 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
- Cut the clay by using the toggles or the clay knife (Adult supervision)
- Between two sheets of non-stick baking paper roll out the clay to desired thickness -I have made it about 0.5cm
- Choose your cookie cutter shape and push down using the palm of your hand
- Lift and pull away excess clay. Shape with finger if necessary to smooth edges. Scratch into with the needle to create patterns if desired.
- Place all the shapes on the non-stick baking paper and allow to dry -approx 24-48 hrs.
Note: As clay is drying it still appears wet and cold to touch.
|Wet Clay half dry|
Part B: Painting the Christmas Decoration Shapes
- 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.
- Start painting.
- While the decoration is still wet, shake glitter over and allow the shape to dry
- Spray a light covering of hair spray or fixative (art product) or spray varnish to help seal the decoration.
- Cut ribbon to size and put on the tree or give as a gift