Kids’ Clay Crafts over on Babble Dabble Do

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This is what happens when you send a creative person fun new supplies to experiment with – gorgeous projects any kid would be proud to make! We sent Ana from the blog Babble Dabble Do some fun clay and plaster supplies and let her and her kids go wild! Here are the results:

Polymer Clay Bracelets - Babble Dabble Do

Polymer Clay Bracelets

These colorful bangle bracelets would make a great Mother’s Day gift. There are so many ways to create your own, you’ll want to make a few for every arm! They were inspired by the bright colors of Sculpey clay and used bracelet molds and recycled tin cans to make them.

Sculptamold Fruit Bowls - Babble Dabble Do

Sculptamold Fruit Bowls

I’m thinking about getting my hands on some Sculptamold to try out these pretty and natural bowls for my self. I love the look of the petals mixed in with the clay, and love how messy the process is! Even the mold used is natural – Ana used real fruit to create an imperfect shape with an interesting texture inside.

Thank you Ana for the wonderful inspiration – we can’t wait to get our hands on some clay! Be sure to check out Babble Dabble Do for gorgeous kid’s crafts, design for kids, and science projects!

Paper Clay Snowman Gift Tag

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By Guest Blogger Maria Mercedes

Snowman Gift Tags

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Draw a circle on cereal box with a compass and cut out a circle. Roll out your clay to about 1/4″ thickness and place as the circle template on the clay. Use your X-Acto knife to cut excess clay. With a little bit of water smooth the edges of the circle. Use a chopstick to make the hole and let dry.

Clay

2. Once the clay is completely dry sand the edges lightly. Paint the circle the color of your choice. Use the adhesive to paste book page onto clay.

Book Pages

3. Trace snowman onto tracing paper. I do this by taking a pencil and going over the lines on the back of the tracing paper then place the tracing paper right side up on to the gift tag and go over the lines with a pencil.

Snowman

4. Use coloring pencils, color the sky blue, carrot nose orange, scarf green with red lines and cheeks red.

Color

5. Outline snowman with a permanent black marker. Varnish if desired. Attach ribbon or string.

Outline

Clay Gift Tags or Ornaments

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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

Gold Gift Tags or Ornaments

The holidays are all about adding that special touch and letting the ones you care about know how much you care for them.  These gift tag embellishments that can be used as ornaments will help jazz up any card or gift.

2 - gold spray paint and air drying clay

I started with some gold spray paint and air dry clay.  You’ll also need some ribbon.

3 - rolling clay

4 - using play dough tools

I started rolling out my clay but it was hard keeping it smooth and achieving the thin roll I had envisioned.  There had to be an easier way!  So I borrowed my toddler’s play dough tool.

5 - spelling out words and making shapes

6 - spray painting ornaments gold

Then I shaped my strands into words like “joy” and “noel” and created some fun holiday shapes like a star and candy cane.  I let them dry overnight then flipped them over so the other side could dry equally well.

Clay Gift Tag

Clay Ornaments with Gold Spray Paint

They received a coat of gold spray paint on both sides.  After drying, I tied some red ribbon to each embellishment.  Here they are on a gift bag and a mini tree.

Kids Crafts: Clay

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

seed bomb clay and seeds

Seed Bombs

Clay is a great way to preserve a child’s art and make it functional. Clay creations like pots, bowls, and more can be preserved and used throughout the years. Clay can be molded in to whatever your child dreams up, and it can last a long time. Be creative with your clay to create even more fun objects like the above seed bombs. They’re a messy way to learn about seeds becoming flowers and teach what helps them grow. Here are some more of our favorite clay crafts.

Clay Vessels - Laugh Paint Create

Clay VesselsLaugh Paint Create

Adding small trinkets to your clay bowls is a fun way to include color and make everything more personal. I love the texture it creates. There are lots of great ideas for what to include if you click through to Laugh Paint Create!

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Textured Clay

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

This may be aging myself, but I went to college right at the beginning of the Fimo/modeling clay craze. Everywhere you looked someone was making something out of that stuff. Layered beads, talismans, disk pendants, key chains. It was hot. And I’ve always lied it, probably in part because it reminds me of those days. But also because of it’s infinite uses and applications. Lately I’ve been really digging textured clay. I love the idea of cutting buttons or beads or little pieces of pottery out of clay that has been stamped or rolled into interesting textures. And the best part is that you need very little by way of special equipment to carry it out. Roll a pinecone over the surface or press leaves or flowers into freshly rolled clay, anything with texture is fair game! Need some more ideas? Check out these projects we’ve rounded up!

Clay Art - Urban Comfort

Clay ArtUrban Comfort

These bowls and plates are simply stunning. I can hardly get over how beautiful they are. I’d love to make a collection of little bowls for my hose similar to these, using items for nature to do my stamping and then forming simple shapes for jewelry dishes or catch-alls. Beautiful!

Salt Dough Eggs - Design Mom

DIY: Salt Dough EggsDesign Mom

I know that Easter is long gone but I’m still loving these egg ornaments! They would make such  a fun spring project to do with the little ones and you could use forks and knives or simple stamps to emboss them before baking and painting them. Can’t you just imagine a tree outside decorated with them for spring?

Hello, Plum Magnets - Design Sponge

Hello, Plum Magnets!Design Sponge

These magnets’ bright candy colors and deep embossing attracted me from the moment I saw them. You could make them for different family members and use initialed magnets to display special notes and artwork on your fridge. I think they would also be fun as buttons (you could poke holes in them or add a shank to the back before the clay dries). Colorful, cute and functional! I love it!

Have you done any embossed or textured clay projects lately? Send us a photo and we’ll add it to our pinboard! Find these and lots of other project ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Fun with Clay Embellishments

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By Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor, Peg from the blog Peg’s Crafting Corner.

Clay is often an overlooked medium when it comes to creating handmade embellishments.  Using it can be a fun way to create something that pulls out the elements of the paper you have chosen and turns it into a three dimensional embellishment and it’s easy to do. 

Begin by kneading some of the Creative Paperclay and rolling it out using an acrylic clay roller to approximately 1/8″ thick. 

Place the clay in an embossing folder that matches the design in the patterned paper you have chosen for you project and lightly press down just enough to push the design into the clay. I used the Paisley Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to match the paisley paper from the K & Co. Best of Brenda Walton Paper Pad.  Remove it from the folder and cut it into the shape you want using either a craft knife or clay cutters.  Allow your new embellishment to air dry until hardened.  As it dries it may curl or warp so to prevent this lightly push it flat every so often until it has dried.

Using the Tutti Frutti and Pool Party Colorbox Queue Ink Pads I rubbed them across the top and sides of the clay to add matching colors from the paper to the clay embellishment. 

Create the card base by cutting a piece of pink cardstock to 10″ wide x 7″ long and fold in half. Punch the scallop with the EK Open Scallop Border Punch and place a piece of blue cardstock  using a tape runner on the inside of the card that measure 5″ wide by 7″ long to make the scallop stand out. Also, cut a piece of the patterned paper (the paisley paper on my card) to measure 4″ wide by 6″ long and adhere it to the card base using the tape runner. 

Using a generous amount of strong glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue, adhere the clay embellishment to the card and allow to dry completely. 

Place the sentiment on the card using the new American Crafts Dear Lizzy Splendid White Thickers

 

Making Polymer Clay Beads

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Playing with clay was one of my favorite activities as a kid. I could make a dinosaur, dog, palm tree, whatever my little heart desired. Now as an adult I have a little more dexterity, and I want to work with polymer clay. I love the intricate details you can add with polymer clay.

Since I was trying a new skill, I went to YouTube to find some video instructions. I started with polymer clay bead tutorials because I love beads! I wanted to learn some basic techniques for rolling, cutting and adding details to the beads.

This first video shows how to mix and roll clay to make marbleized clay beads.

I need to get a clay pasta machine! This video shows how to shape, add embellishment and add the beading hole to your clay.

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