Clay slab holiday ornament craft

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With the holidays right around the corner, Julie Waltz-Stalker showed us all how to make these adorable little clay slab ornaments. Best of all, they're easy and fun to make at home! 

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

  • Fine motor development: rolling, stamping, painting, and using cookie cutters.
  • Sensory development through texture exploration: clay, fabric, etc.
  • Vocabulary: learn definition of “slab”; “transfer”.
  • Awareness of different cultural holidays and traditions.

SUPPLY LIST

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Begin with a small amount of clay—a ball ~3” diameter.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll the clay into a flat, even pancake, or slab.  It is important that the slab be thick enough to remain sturdy after drying.  I recommend about ¼” thick.
  3. If desired, add texture to your slab by laying a piece of textured material on top of it and lightly rolling to transfer the texture from the material to the clay.
  4. Alternately, choose a stamp and press gently into the slab to transfer the image onto the clay.
  5. If you want to live a little, do both!
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut a shape from the clay slab.  This will be the shape of the ornament.
  7. Make a hole for hanging by pushing a straw tip into the clay near the edge of the ornament.
  8. Clean up rough edges by dipping a finger in water and gently smoothing the clay.
  9. Move ornament to a flat area where it will not be disturbed and allow to fully dry.  Depending on the type and thickness of clay this will take 24-48 hours.  After 12-24 hours, flip your ornament over to help dry the other side.  If available, lay ornaments on a wire cookie rack to dry more quickly.
  10. When ornament is completely dry, paint with acrylic paint and let dry.  
  11. Seal your ornament by painting it with Mod Podge and allow it to dry.
  12. Finally, slip a ribbon through the hole in the ornament and display it proudly in a prominent place!