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Warning: Although these projects are intended to be made by children, some may require the use of a stove, microwave, sewing machine or other equipment or materials that might require help. Please check with an adult before starting any project you find on this site.
Baker's clay is a great non-toxic alternative to polymer clay for the younger set. It has the added bonus of being cheap and made from ingredients most people have on hand. The one thing to remember is that you will need to keep the pieces thin enough so that they do not crack as they bake. If you wish to work in 3-d, make a cone-shaped hollow in the bottom (or top) of your figure to minimize this risk.
Form into shapes, being careful to seal overlapping pieces well with water. If you want to hang them, use a skewer or plastic straw to make a hole in the top. Bake at 275 F for 45-60 minutes. Cooled pieces can be painted with acrylic paints.
To make a keepsake ornament, roll the dough into a large ball and flatten very slightly. Have the child press a bare hand or foot into the clay. Make a hole in the top for hanging and bake. Paint the print, then with a contrasting colour paint the edges and back of the ornament. Once the paint is dry, use a fine brush to paint on the date and name of the child. Once dry, coat with clear acrylic varnish.
Method 2: Tint and Bake
Blend dough ingredients until smooth (hand kneading works best). Divide the dough into separate bowls for tinting. Use food colouring (either liquid or paste) to tint the dough. You will need quite a bit of colouring. I suggest wearing plastic or latex gloves to hand knead the colour into the dough. Create your pieces, and use a toothpick to make a hole for hanging, or insert a bent paperclip into the top to make a hanger. Bake as above. Coat with acrylic varnish if desired.
For each ornament you will need:
For a keepsake ornament, use a round cutter (or a can also works well) to make a circle. Press your child's hand, foot or fingerprint in the centre. When you paint or glaze it, use a darker colour on that part to help it stand out. Be sure to mark the child's name and year on the ornament too!
From Paper Mulch Dough:
I have changed the directions to improve the quality of the finished product. There are a few more steps now, but the ornament will stay together much better this way.
You can see the original version of this craft here.