Christmas Clay Sticks (for kids to make)

  • Prep Time
    1 hour
  • Total Time
    24-30 hours
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Small festive air drying clay pieces attached to wooden skewers that you can place in pots or planters around the house during Christmas. Fun to make and something everyone can do -no matter skill or age. He are very festive, decorative and of course colorful. They make great Christmas presents too.

I use fevicryl Shilpkar for this as they dry quickly and don’t break as easily as clay. The packs are available in the local stationary shop for 20 rupees and it isn’t toxic compared to the ones you can get in hardware shops. Those are not suitable for kids to use

You can make around 3-4 small clay shapes per pack. You cannot save the remaining clay for later.

My kids shape them straight on the granite table but if your table is wooden, make sure to keep a plate or something underneath. If the plate is ceramic, make sure to wash it immediately after use to avoid stains.

Tip: Do not water down the paint. Acrylic paint does not need to be watered down before use. It will only make it messier and you will need 2 layers to cover the white clay.

Ingredients

Directions

Step 1

Start by mixing the two clays inside the box until they get a very light grey uniform colour

Step 2

Put a small piece of clay on the stick. For kids it might be easier to wait until after shaping to insert the stick, but there is always the risk that the stick will tear the shape. So mums, please help here!

Step 3

Shape your clay into a Santa hat, Christmas tree, present, snowflake, star, heart, snowman etc. To make an easy Christmas tree, form a cone shape on the stick and cut into it using a pair of scissors.

Step 4

When all the clay is used, let the sticks dry in tall glasses for about 24 hours until rock. Make sure they don’t touch each other. The clay will turn almost white when completely dry.

Step 5

After drying, paint them with acrylic paint.

Step 6

I recommend dipping them in matching glitter afterwards. So pretty! BUT glitter can get everywhere really fast when kids are involved, so our rule in the house is that I handle the glitter for kids below 8 –or at least take an active part. The kids decide the colour and where of course, and we put it on together over a piece of paper or paper plate. That way the glitter stays in one place and can be easily returned to its bag. Remember to turn off fans before starting with the glitter.

Step 7

Shake off excess glitter and let the paint dry fully and your Christmas Clay Sticks are ready!I hope you enjoyed this post. Please let me know how you and your kids got on with the Christmas Clay Sticks and if you made any changes. We can all benefit from your experience. Merry Christmas.

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