This activity involves lots of different learning opportunities too, including rolling, cutting, stamping and threading.

Here's what you'll need...

  • Air dry clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Small circular cookie cutters
  • A few Christmas themed rubber stamps
  • Ink pad/s (your choice of colour/s)
  • A large blunt needle (darning needle)
  • Christmas thread

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Here's how it's done...

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    Protect your work surface and then roll out the clay to around 7mm thick.

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    Using the cookie cutters press out as many circles from the clay as you can. Place these to one side.

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    Re roll the clay and repeat until you have enough circles. I haven’t specified how many you’ll need, as this depends where you wish to hang your garland.

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    Ink your stamp and wipe any excess ink from the edges before pressing this gently onto the clay tablet.

    Then, leave the clay tablets for a short while, maybe an hour or so, until they start to harden, and the ink dries.

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    Thread the tablets onto the Christmas thread using the darning needle. Handle the tablets gently as they will still be delicate.

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    Once fully dried you can smooth the edges with a piece of sand paper if necessary.

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Making crafts with you little ones that will last a long time is a lovely way to make memories. This ones going to have a place on our tree for years to come. Merry Christmas.

 

By Claire Dearing on 25.11.16

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