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Recently the children made jewellery using Das and we referred to the reason we used this product. It was because we don’t have a kiln to bake the clay and unbaked clay is very brittle.

A comment we received from our good friend Michelle over at “Homemade Rainbows” mentioned that a cheap alternative to the Das was to use clay and when it dried, coat it with PVA glue.

So of course we decided to give making decorations a go using this method.

We didn’t specify to the children what they should or shouldn’t make but did add Christmas cutters if they wanted to use them.

Most children did seem to stick with the cutters and did the squashing …

and the cutting …

and the pushing out of the clay rather than forming their own shapes. Perhaps we’ll leave the cutters out next time!

They used a straw to pop a hole in the top for the string to go through …

and then they were left to dry.

With our very damp and humid weather at the moment, we actually had to wait over the weekend until they were dry enough to cover with PVA glue.

While the children were covering their decorations in glue …

they made use of an opportunity that Christmas provides so beautifully …

to bring out the sequins and add a bit of …

glittery bling!

Then back out into the brilliant summer sunshine (which had arrived at last!) to dry.

We were pleasantly surprised at how firm they felt after the coat of glue. Considering Donna dropped one of them on the concrete floor and it did not break, it will be interesting to hear from the families after Christmas about how long the decorations lasted!

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5 Responses to “clay decorations”

  1. Elise says:

    Coating clay with PVA glue – what a handy piece of information to know.

    The sparkly ornaments are so sweet.

    Congratulations on your award. That is wonderful to hear that you received this award.

    ::: Who would have thought Elise that PVA glue would work but it does. I dropped one of the children ornaments on the concrete and I’m very relieved to say it didn’t even chip! Thank you for your congratulations we very much appreciate it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Scott says:

    Wonderful sparkly (and durable) ornaments. They look irresistible.

    ::: Thanks Scott! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. I had no idea you could do this. Ahh, the possibilities! Oh, and I love the amount of bling bling on some of the decorations – they were definately getting into the spirit of things weren’t they.

    ::: Ooooh yeah Jenny … there’s nothing quite like a bit of “bling bling” at Christmas time! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Karen says:

    I absolutely love the photo of the decorations hanging above the garden gate! What an invitation to walk through! Magical!

    ::: We agree Karen it does look inviting! That gate leads into an area the children created earlier this year we call the “Hush Garden”. Why don’t you come on in and take a look around! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2010/04/hush-garden-continued/

  5. Louise says:

    Another great idea to bookmark for next year – I don’t think we will be able to wait until Christmas, though I agree they do make great sparkly Christmas decorations! πŸ™‚

    ::: We agree Louise. They would be irresistible any time! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚