Kids Fun: Easter Day Polymer Clay Projects

These Easter project ideas from polymer clay are fun and easy for a crafter of any age. An Easter day project or a few days before will fill an afternoon with creativity, excitement and wonderful additions to Easter celebrations.

Fill Easter afternoon, or a few days before, with fun and exciting polymer clay projects. Crafters of any age can create a masterpiece from polymer clay but be certain to schedule enough time for firing to complete the process.

Polymer clay, though not a true clay, can be used much like it. It comes in a large variety of colors, doesn't dry out, is easy to sculpt or mold and becomes a solid with a low temperature (oven) firing. After firing, the object can be finished with paint, glitter or glued to other pieces.

To maintain an Easter theme when creating polymer masterpieces; purchase clay in pastels and the color white. Look at craft stores for molds that fit the theme; lilies, doves, eggs, baskets and bunnies, for example. Free form objects can be created as well so molds, though nice, are not necessary.

Set up a work area with the clay, molds, moist paper towels, a plastic knife, a wood skewer and a basket of Easter grass to hold the finished projects prior to firing. Cut the clay into small workable pieces. Polymer clay will become pliable and workable by warming and working with hands. If little hands are creating, a quick cheat is to place the clay under a heating pad for 30 seconds. Do not place the clay in the sun to warm as ultraviolet light can lead to drying.

Using molds and the best of imaginations, create unique masterpieces or use some of these ideas:

Roll small multi-colored egg-shaped pieces and poke a wood skewer through them. After firing string together to use as a necklace, bracelet, package tie, or napkin ring for the Easter table.

To create a cute chick shaped piece use two yellow clay balls, a smaller ball for the head and a larger ball for the body. Pinch the back of the larger ball to a point to create a small tail. Add a small triangular orange beak and two small black eyes. Fire and place in an Easter basket full of grass. A bushel full of chicks makes a great centerpiece.

Create large eggs of multiple colors, or even ones with dots and stripes. Incorporate these into an Easter egg hunt with a special prize for the person who finds the clay egg.

To make an Easter card extra special; tuck in a cross of clay or a bright white clay dove.

Use the molds to create a small Easter basket. Brown clay pressed into a basket mold that has been wiped with a moist paper towel will result in the texture of a basket without all the work. Make two and glue together after firing, add a ribbon and slip a piece of paper into the crease to use as a name card at the table and an take home Easter favor.

Small, free formed objects, such as bunnies, chicks, flowers and eggs can be tucked inside a plastic egg and placed in an Easter basket for that special gift. For an adult gift, try placing them inside a glass ornament that has been filled half way with Easter grass.

Objects with a flat background can be glued, after firing, to a picture frame, a box, a mirror, placemat or anywhere a special touch is needed.

To complete any project, simply fire the work in a 250 degree oven on a metal or glass baking sheet for approximately 20 minutes (extra thickness of a piece will require additional time). Round items, such a beads, can be suspended on lengths of stiff wire from the edge of the pan; this will prevent flat spots where the bead may lay on a sheet. To create a piece that will hang, fire for 10-15 minutes, remove from the oven and drill or poke a hole where needed, then finish firing. Be certain to double check the clay package firing instructions as some brands vary in the oven degree and time.

If Easter dinner is taking up oven space, simply cover the pieces with waxed paper to keep them safe and dust free until space is available. Keep in mind this project just might outshine the candy in an Easter basket so have plenty of clay available.

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