Skill level: Beginner
You will need:
- White air-dry modelling clay
- Jute String
- Acrylic paints
- Cookie cutters - Easter shapes
- Mini letter stamps
- 1cm circle cutter
- Baking paper
- Fine sandpaper
- Rolling pin
- Sticky Tape
- Cup of water
- Face Mask
- Mini pom-pom (optional)
- 0.5cm thickness guides (optional)
Sticky tape a piece of baking paper to your table to create a flat, smooth surface. The paper also ensures the clay can be lifted easily, without sticking.
Take a lump of clay and roll it out on to the paper – the amount of clay required will depend on the size of the cookie cutters you are going to use. For the seven decorations in this project, we used approximately 250g of clay. Roll the clay evenly to a thickness of approximately 0.5cm - if you like, you could make/buy thickness guides to assist with this.
Take your cookie cutters and cut out the shapes, spacing them carefully to ensure maximum use of the clay.
Use the 1cm circle cutter to cut out a hole in the middle of each decoration, approximately 0.5-1cm from the top.
Pull away any of the excess clay. This can be rolled out and cut from again and again until as much as possible has been used, creating little waste.
When you’ve cut the shapes, you might notice that some of the edges are a little rough. To smooth these out, add a drop of water to your fingertip and gently rub along the edges. If there are any marks on the clay decoration, you can also smooth them out in this way too.
Add the stamped lettering – this could be a generic word/phrase, or a name to personalise the decoration.
You could also add other markings by indenting the clay with other shapes – just be careful to only make a mark on the decoration and not to go all of the way through.
Leave the decorations to dry in a cool, dry place for approximately 36 – 48 hours. During this time, turn the decorations over a few times to allow the air to circulate on both the front and the back. You will be able to see when the clay is dry as it will harden, but it will also change from grey to white.
When the decorations are dry, put on your face mask and in a well-ventilated area, lightly sand any rough edges or areas of the decoration, brushing off any dust as you go.
Mix the paint to create the colours you would like and carefully paint on to the decorations.
Cut a length of string, approximately 18 cm long. Using the hole at the top of the decoration, tie on the string.
Repeat steps 7-9 for all of your decorations. They are now ready to hang!
- You could use the decorations as gift tags on your Easter gifts and treats.
- Stamp a name or initial onto the decoration and don’t cut a hole or add string – you could then use them as place names for your Easter table.
- Don’t be tempted to try and dry the clay too quickly as this may cause it to crack.
- If you don’t have a 1cm circle cutter you could use a metal straw or a pen lid.
- Add embellishments, eg. a mini pom-pom as a rabbit tail.