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Father’s Day handmade clay dish

playing with air drying clay

We had some left over air drying clay from a recent craft project which I set aside for my 6 year old. He loves playing with clay, it’s very tactile, easy to use and can be used for some fun craft projects. When he came home from school one day he said he knew how he wanted to use it.

He rolled the clay in his hands to warm it up slightly, then started rolling it out with a small rolling pin. When he had a small circle, about 5mm thick, he gradually brought up the edges to form a shallow dish.

playing with air drying clay

He used a plastic tool from our playdoh box to scratch letters in the base of the dish. He was making a gift for his Dad for Father’s Day so wrote the word DAD along with a round coin (as his dish was meant for that loose change which my husband leaves everywhere!) and a heart.

playing with air drying clay

We left it to dry for 24 hours, then he was able to decorate it with marker pens. First he went over his letters, the coin and heart. Then he added a rainbow. He added a few more doodles until he was happy with it. Another handmade gift to give on Father’s Day!

air drying clay Father's Day gift


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Button fairy wings craft for kids

button fairies craft

I can’t believe another month has gone since our last post for the Project: recycle & create series. This month the theme was buttons of which we have plenty. I obviously use them a lot in sewing projects but I never really think of letting my children use them. This was a great opportunity!

I grabbed the button box and let my 4 year old pick out her favourite ones. Then we gathered the rest of our supplies – air drying clay and craft sticks.

craft supplies for kids

We wanted to use the colourful buttons to decorate fairy wings so first of all we made fairies from the air drying clay and craft sticks.

child playing with air drying clay

Once my 4 year old was happy with the shape of her fairies she added the buttons to the wings, carefully pressing them into the clay.

child pressing buttons into clay

When she had made a couple of button fairies we left them on a tray overnight to dry.

button and clay craft for kids

We covered the craft sticks in washi tape and she added faces to bring them her button fairies to life. These will be a great addition to her fairy garden.

button fairy craft

Project: Recycle and Create is a monthly craft challenge celebrating eco-friendly creativity in children!

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Button Hairbands from Peakle Pie
Button Tree Craft from Our Whimsicle Days
Button Pegs Memo Holders by Teach me Mommy
Button Dream Catcher by Play Learn Everyday
Button apple canvas teacher gift from Mum in the Madhouse

crafts die cutting

Embellished oversized peg craft

Embellished oversized peg

I recently bought an oversized wooden peg from my favourite craft store. I thought it would be perfect for holding shopping lists on the fridge. You can see how I embellished it using a pretty floral border over on the Sizzix blog today.

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK – Rose Border (660746)