[Crafty Monday] Clay Crafts for Easter

Colorful Easter egg garland made from polymer clay

Today is all about making fun stuff with polymer clay.

I didn’t do a great job photographing the steps of today’s craft; fortunately, I got it from an old Martha Stewart KIDS magazine, and you can find the techniques for different clay designs on her website. It’s pretty simple stuff – you don’t need much direction for this craft.

Kids can easily join in on this, but there are a couple of steps that need adult supervision (cutting and baking).

The supplies:

  • Polymer clay in the colors of your choice
  • A rolling pin
  • A sharp knife (more on this in a minute)
  • Small cookie cutters
  • String/ribbon

We chose pastels in honor of Easter.

In order to make stripes (see photo below), cut off a chunk of each of the colors you want to use, then roll out each chunk individually with a rolling pin. Stack the rolled out pieces on top of each other and trim the edges (so that you now have a rectangle).

Using a sharp knife, cut the stack into slices. The first time I tried this, I used a kid-friendly knife, but a sharp chef’s knife (obviously for adult use only) keeps the slices/stripes crisp, and I recommend doing it this way.

Lay the slices on their sides (see below) so that they touch. Smush them together gently with your fingers to get the slices to stick together. You can roll them gently with the rolling pin to ensure that they stick together, but it’s a little harder to keep the stripes crisp with the rolling pin.

Cut shapes using your mini cookie cutters.

A glance at Martha’s tutorial (which includes other clay things to make, like paper clips and thumb tacks) will help you understand this if I’m not explaining it well here.

You get the marbled effect (see below) simply by smashing all the leftovers together and then rolling out your lump of clay.

You’ve played with Play-Doh a lot, right? This is no different. Roll it out, experiment with patterns, cut out some shapes.

Before you stick your shapes into the oven to bake, use an awl or a toothpick or something with a sharp point to make a hole so that you can thread some ribbon or string through them later.

Bake according to the directions on the package (Note: I think I had my oven on too high, so make sure that you’re not burning the clay).

We used colorful ribbon and Divine Twine for the necklaces.

You can use them as Easter gift tags and embellishments for presents too.

Or you might want to make an Easter egg garland with the leftovers!

More Easter posts on the way this week (Sorry, can’t help myself!)

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  1. 1

    goodtogrow said,

    Those are sooooo cute! What a great idea!

  2. 2

    lesley said,

    so cute! my son discovered polymer clay last winter and loves it! may have to go get some pastels for the season :)

  3. 3

    Those are adorable! What a wonderful idea.

  4. 4

    […] a great craft for your older children to express themselves artistically during the Easter season. Charlottes Fancy gives a great tutorial for how to make them. You may also […]

  5. 5

    Linda K. said,

    What a fun idea, Charlotte!

    One comment, though. 375 degrees F is way too high for baking any clay that I am familiar with. That’s why you had the bad smell and why the clay colors darkened. At that temperature the clay was actually scorched.

    The temperatures on the clay packages are the maxium temperature you should use for baking them. It’s OK to go way beyond the recommended baking time, but never exceed the temperature. Since oven thermostats are notoriously unreliable, you should always use an oven thermometer to monitor the temperature.

    Here are some common clay maximum baking temps:
    – Fimo is 230 degrees F
    – Sculpey III and Premo are 275 degrees F
    – Kato Polyclay is 300 degrees F

    • 6

      Molly said,

      Linda –

      Thanks for these useful tips. It makes sense that I had the oven on too high, although I thought I was following the package’s directions. I’m going to update the post.

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