Using spices to stamp impressions into clay might just be our new favorite craft activity! These clay jewelry dishes are so pretty and unique, kids will love making them and giving them to someone special. My kids love working with clay and using spices to stamp a design into the clay was pretty cool. We used star anise to stamp our air dry clay and our jewelry dishes turned out great! Plus using colored air dry clay made it easy to get beautiful colors without the extra step of painting.
I am thrilled to be part of a kid-made gifts blog hop this week, organized by Nadia at Teach me mommy with some fabulous bloggers who have some amazing kid made gift ideas to share. Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to check out more ideas and get started on your holiday gift making!
Make your own clay jewelry dishes
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- Air dry clay in the colors of your choice
- Clay shaping tools, or a mini rolling pin and knife
- Small bowls to use as molds
- Plastic wrap
- Whole star anise
- Mod Podge
1. Start by preparing your molds, you want to use small bowls and cover them with plastic wrap to make it easier to take them out.
2. Next, take your air dry clay, form it into a small ball and then start to flatten it with your hand and roll it out. You want the clay to be about 1/4 inch thick.
3. This next step is optional but will help keep your bowl steady if it seems a bit wobbly after it comes out of the mold. Roll out a thin strip of clay and make it into a circle to be used on the bottom of your bowl.
4. Lay your clay inside your bowls and press down gently making sure the clay goes all the way down to the bottom.
5. Start printing your design with star anise. Both my kids loved this part! Don’t worry if some of your star anise is broken, that just adds to the unique design. Just be careful not to press too hard with the star anise and make a hole in your clay.
6. Once you are finished stamping your designs, smooth out the edges on the top of your dishes. You can use clay shaping tools, a knife or simply smooth it out with your finger. I trimmed the edges a bit for my kids and then let them smooth out the tops with their fingers. You might want to have a small bowl of water to help smooth out the clay, especially if it seems to be drying out a bit.
7. Let the clay dry completely before moving on. We let ours dry for a couple hours and then carefully removed them from the molds and let them dry overnight.
8. When the jewelry dishes are completely dry, you can add some Mod Podge to seal the clay. We did two thin coats, letting everything dry in between. If you find that your dishes are a bit wobbly, try placing the circle of clay underneath the bowl. You can glue it on with Mod Podge, or any type of glue that you have, this will help keep it steady. We only had to do this on one of our dishes, the other two were steady enough on their own.
Your clay jewelry dishes are now done and ready to give as beautiful handmade gifts to someone special! If you are looking for more handmade gift ideas check out these lovely handmade coasters using pressed flowers and washi tape or these colorful DIY zen gardens for kids.
Nadia at Teach me mommy has a Christmas Tree Handprint Keepsake for you to try! Be sure to check it out.
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