My boys like crafts with simple setups and that let them be very creative. These clay pumpkins do both. I love them because they are so quick to set up (and, well, adorable). My kids love them because they can get creative!
Make Clay Pumpkins
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- air dry modeling clay
- orange washable paint or orange washable liquid watercolor
- pumpkin shaped cookie cutter
- perler beads
- rolling pin
- wax paper or paper plate
Air dry clay is one of our favorite craft supplies. It gives enough resistance to be a fun workout for those tiny hands. And we put wax paper down on the table so the clean up is simple.
For the pumpkins, my kids decided to throw me a bit of a curve, and requested orange clay..which we don’t have. So we decided to make our own by mixing in some paint. We tried both orange washable paint and orange washable liquid watercolor. We just got messy and put it in a bowl and mixed with our hands. I didn’t really notice much difference between the two, and both lead to a marbling effect. If you wanted the color to be uniform, you could try mixing longer. You could also try this terra cotta clay.
Once the kids have their clay, have them roll it out, and then use the cookie cutter to cut out the pumpkin shapes. Make sure they are thick enough that when they stick in decorations, the clay doesn’t get so thin it cracks when it dries.
Then let the kids decorate the pumpkins! We stuck perler beads into our pumpkins. Then we let them dry and used them as decorations!
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