|Image and Idea: Clayful Impressions|
My kids and I used the following clay recipe for ornaments that we cut out and decorated for a fundraiser. The clay is white which is a great starting point for projects such as this.
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup water
Directions for making the clay:
- In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water.
- Stir over medium-low heat.
- The mixture will begin to thicken.
- When it begins to take shape, remove the pot from the heat.
- Place the ball of dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth until it's cool.
- Once cooled, knead it on a smooth surface, adding a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky.
Direction for making ornaments:
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch.
- Have your child press their hand firmly in the clay to get a good imprint.
- Using a knife, cut around the shape of their hand leaving about a 1/2" border. Smooth the edges if necessary.
- Transfer the hand print to the prepared baking sheet.
- Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration.
- Place the tray in the oven at 175 degrees for about an hour, turning the ornaments over halfway through cooking.
- Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
- Once cool, paint the heel of their hand and thumb red for Santa's hat and use white paint for his fur trim, and beard.
- A fine tip permanent marker works best for the details.
- Thread a piece of ribbon or twine through the hole.
* I bought a can of glossy clear spray paint at the local hardware store. I sprayed our ornaments when they had dried which gave them a really nice professional look. You might want to do this too!
Do you have any ornaments that you made as a kid still hanging on your tree each year?