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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Kids Krafts Wednesday December 9, 2020

 Salt Clay Ornaments


Supplies

  • Salt Clay (or store bought clay that hardens when dry)
    • Prepare ahead of time: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water. Stir until combined. Store in airtight container.
  • Thick dowel or small rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter(s)
  • Leaves/Fabric/Coins (to make prints)

  • Pencil, bamboo skewer, or small paintbrush (for design and making hole)
  • Butter knife/Spatula
  • Tempera/Watercolor Paint/Paint Makers and Glitter (for painting after dry)
  • Ribbon, string, or ornament hooks (for hanging after dry)
Instructions

  1. Lay parchment paper or plastic wrap on a surface. If clay is sticky, sprinkle flour down as well.
  2. Roll out clay to about 1/4" thick.
  3. Cut any shape with cookie cutter or butter knife.
  4. Press fabric, coin, or leaf gently into surface to make an imprint. Peel gently away.
  5. Using the pencil, skewer, or paintbrush end, press a small hole at least 1/2" from edge all the way through the ornament. Make sure to gentle move the pencil in circle to wide the hold to 1/16".
  6. To smooth edges, dip a finger in water and rub gentle on the clay. Do the same to stick two pieces of clay together.
  7. Make different shapes, Try cutouts, and even layering shapes (reminder that thicker shapes will take longer to dry).
  8. With a spatula gently lift ornament and place on flat surface elsewhere to dry. This may take a week or more.
  9. Once dry, paint! Option to add gloss using ModgePodge. 
  10. Add string/ornament hook through hole and hang to decorate.
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