Make some gorgeous snowflake ornaments using easy homemade white clay! With some glitter and clear beads for extra sparkle these look so pretty on the tree and make a lovely hand-made gift for friends and relatives.
Last year we tried out a new white clay recipe for making ornaments and we made a lovely set of reindeers and then red and white initialled hearts to hang on our tree. We also gave some away to our friends as little extra gifts.
We wanted to make some more for this year as the clay is so gorgeous to work with and creates such a lovely, smooth and bright finish! This time I picked up some lovely snowflake cookie cutters to make different sized, sparkly snowflake ornaments.
White Clay Recipe:
1 cup bicarbonate of soda (baking SODA in the US)
1/2 cup corn flour (corn STARCH in the US)
3/4 cup warm water
Mix all the ingredients into a pan and warm them through on a moderate heat, stirring regularly. Soon it will start to become like a thick sauce, then come away from the side a little and start to resemble mashed potatoes. Just after this stage, when it looks like a play dough, turn off the heat and turn the clay onto a surface or into a bowl and leave it for a few minutes to cool a little (but not too long or it begins to dry out.)
When it is bareable to touch, start to knead it until it becomes smooth and pliable, just like play dough. This should happen quite quickly.
Cakie did this all semi-independently , including stirring the mixture in the pan (with me keeping a close eye!) She rolled the dough out to about 1/2 – 1 cm thick and then started to cut out various shapes, including lots of different sized snowflakes using these snowflake cutters. Once they were made we transferred them to a baking sheet and made holes in the top of each one for threading twine through later on, using a straw.
Then we left them overnight to dry and the next day they were smooth and hard, ready for some glitter glue! We worked together to add dots of silver glitter glue all over the snowflakes and left them to dry again. Then we threaded each on with elastic and added some clear beads for extra sparkle! They are now on our tree and looks so pretty. We will probably make some more before Christmas arrives as gifts for our friends.
This activity is good for:
creativity: making models in 3D, sculpting and moulding, combining materials
science: understanding that combining materials can create something new, change in state of matter from dry to wet to dry again
physical: mixing, stirring, measuring, cutting, rolling, moulding, squeezing, threading for fine motor strength and development
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