If you are a long-term reader then you will know that I have a real passion for clay crafts with kids. These DIY festive clay and cork trees are a really simple make and you do not need any special tools to make these. In fact, all you need is a rolling pin, knife and cardboard, which makes then perfect for making with kids or for your first clay project.
We are a big fan of using air drying clay to make Christmas decorations and festive keepsakes and I am delighted at how these kid made clay mittens Christmas decorations turned out. From experience, I know that as long as we pack them away carefully we can bring them out year after year to decorate our home.
One of the best things about Christmas is getting out our Christmas decorations and the things we have made over the previous years. This is why I love making things with clay as they last for years and years. We have selected some festive and beautiful Christmas Clay Crafts for you. Whether they are made out of polymer clay, salt dough or air drying clay they will stand the test of time and look amazing.
These DIY Clay Star Cadle Holders were inspired by some we saw when we were on our recent holiday in Holland. I knew then that we could recreate them using our FIMO Air Light (microwavable) clay and finally got around to making them this week. We made our DIY clay star candle holders the perfect size for an old box of red Christmas tree candles which were my mum’s (the size that does in our twirling angel. We have had these candles for the last five years but never used them as we didn’t have ant suitably sized candle holders for them. 30 minutes with the boys and we have more than enough and more »
How cute are these Polymer Clay Monsters? Polymer clay is a fantastic crafting material and one that both of my boys enjoy using at 10 and 11 and as a Mum I love that I can bake the clay in my oven at home and then we have a lasting creation. So when we were asked by Slumberdown to create a #MiteyCreation it was what the boys wanted to use.
We have another fantastic valentines keepsake for you today with these beautiful heart cutout tealight holders made with microwaveable clay. Yes, clay that you can dry in the microwave. We are totally in love with this stuff and it is perfect for things that are vertical as it is a lot lighter than standard air-drying clay, so there is no droop!
We first used microwave drying clay with our Christmas fingerprint decorations and we totally fell for it, so decided to give it a try for the microwave clay heart shaped ring dish. The microwave clay is much lighter weight that standard air drying clay, in fact is has almost no weight to it, but it is easier to work with for smaller children and it isnt as fibrous as standard air drying clay. A big bonus is it dried a beautiful bright white too.
One of my favorite things about the festive season is trimming the tree. I love going through all of the ornaments and decorations, especially the homemade homes and hanging them as I reminisce about when we made them. This adorable white clay christmas fingerprint ornament is a take on our valentine fingerprint heart ornaments.
We have made corn flour dough before, but using salt, however, I was keen to find a different recipe with more of a smooth texture that was a bit more malleable for the boys to use. We have tried Nurturestore’s 2 ingredient white dough and love it, but we also tried the following white clay recipe and the boys decided that this is their favorite go to salt dough replacement. How to make white clay:
These DIY name key fobs are paid collaboration with Sugru. I am delighted to share with you a fabulous DIY name key fob made from Sugru, which is a fab mouldable glue that turns to rubber, which means that the key fobs are really hardwearing and look amazing. Plus they are so much fun to make with the kids.
We had so much fun with last years month of kid-made Christmas cards that we decided to host a month of kid-made Christmas decorations this year. I am delighted to be sharing with you a 30 days of fantastic Christmas decorations all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.
Summer holidays, you either love them or hate them. I am never sure about which camp I am in. I love spending time with the children but do worry about the cost of summer activities. I relish not having to get up each morning and giving up the school routine, but I don’t like hearing the words “I’m Bored” That is why I came up with the bored jar (about four years ago).
Buttons make a great craft material and these 20 adorable button crafts for kids are a great way of recycling them. There is something magical about Buttons. I remember spending hours when I was young with my Mum’s button tin. I used to sort them and play with them and just love looking at them, wondering where they had come from. Lots of them wee her mums before her.