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.
- Air dry clay
- Cookie cutters
- Textured fabric / other materials
- Rubber stamps
- Rolling pin
- Colored ribbon or string
- Begin with a small amount of clay—a ball ~3” diameter.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alternately, choose a stamp and press gently into the slab to transfer the image onto the clay.
- If you want to live a little, do both!
- Use a cookie cutter to cut a shape from the clay slab. This will be the shape of the ornament.
- Make a hole for hanging by pushing a straw tip into the clay near the edge of the ornament.
- Clean up rough edges by dipping a finger in water and gently smoothing the clay.
- 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.
- When ornament is completely dry, paint with acrylic paint and let dry.
- Seal your ornament by painting it with Mod Podge and allow it to dry.
- Finally, slip a ribbon through the hole in the ornament and display it proudly in a prominent place!