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Another Holiday Craft idea – Clay Christmas Ornaments

Subject:

Art  

Grades:

2, 3  


Title – Clay Christmas Ornaments

By – Debbie Haren

Primary Subject – Art

Secondary Subjects -

Grade Level – 2-3

Materials:

1 cup cornstarch

1pound of baking soda

1 1/2 cups of water

stove

cookie cutters

paints

bowl

spoon

oven safe flat pan

straw

Activity:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Place the dough on a table or flat surface and press cookie cutters in the dough. Gently peel the excess dough away from the design in the dough and place it on the pan. Grease pan with butter before placing any ornaments on it so they do not stick to the pan. After all the ornaments are made take a pencil or straw and poke a hole in the top of the ornament so it can hung on the tree. Put in the oven for a few minutes to harden the clay. If desired after baking in the oven use polyurethane to spray on the ornament to keep them together and to make them last longer. Wait one day after they have been baked and/or sprayed with polyurethane and then paint the ornaments. I also suggest you put the year and which child did the ornament on the back of the ornament with a permanent black marker.

Extension:

After the ornaments have been painted and have dried pick a colored ribbon and tie through the hole at the top and hang on the Christmas tree. If no ribbon is available just use a metal ornament hanger to hang it up with. Also it really looks neat if you sprinkle glitter on the ornaments before you bake them in the oven. It just gives them a little extra sparkle. Of course do not forget you can also decorate with wiggly eyes and pom pom’s instead of just paint. By all means if you not the crafty type still do this with your family because it is so much fun and the ornaments last a lifetime!!

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Debbie Haren

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