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Crafty Christmas – personalise your gifts

Get crafty with the kids these holidays, using clay to make some easy Christmas decorations or personalise presents with clay tags. Super simple DIY, by Kineta Booker.

Materials:

  • Air Dry Clay and/or Oven Bake Clay
  • Plastic surface
  • Knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Skewer
  • Cookie cutters
  • Clay stamps (optional)
  • String

Step 1

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Cut off a piece of clay. Moisten your hands with a little water so you can warm up the clay in your hands, then roll it out on a plastic surface with a rolling pin. Ensure you don’t roll it too thin, as it will break too easily when it dries.

Step 2

Use cookie cutters to create shapes, and use stamps to give the clay some texture – if that’s what you’d like for your creation.

Step 3

Pick up the piece carefully, and pierce a hole with the skewer so you can thread string through it once it’s dried. (You can also use the skewer to write an initial on the clay tag.)

Step 4

If it’s Air Dry Clay, leave your creations in a cool area for 24-48 hours. Clay becomes hard once it’s dry.

If you’re using Oven Bake Clay, place on tin foil, and bake at 110 degrees celsius for 30 minutes. (Adult assistance is required for the baking). Do not touch the clay until it has cooled.

Step 5

Once all pieces are ready, secure them together with string. Hang them from your Christmas tree, or tie them to Christmas presents.

TIPS

  • Put any excess Air Dry Clay in a zip-lock bag so it doesn’t dry out.
  • Add a light spray of cooking oil to the surface you’re working on, to make it easier to pick up your creation.
  • Use a small amount of water on your fingers to smooth out bits of the clay that may have cracked.
  • Colourful clay will leave your hands and wooden tools stained. The colour will eventually come off.
  • Mix some of the colours together to create funky marbled decorations.
  • If you don’t have cookie cutters, you might find you have Play Doh shapes you can use. Surprisingly, I did!
  • I bought this clay at Kmart. Super cheap, accessible and easy to work with. (The white clay is Air Dry Clay, the colourful Oven Bake Clay.)

Check out some more Christmas craft here.

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