Home > Entertainment and Activities > Activities and Crafts > Crafts for Kids > Crafting with Clay: Beads and Buttons
|

Crafting with Clay: Beads and Buttons

In This Article:

Buttons

Button, Button

A simple project using polymer clay to do with younger children is to make clay buttons. You can cut around templates with a craft knife, but small cookie cutters are even better to work with.

To make about 12 buttons, you'll need around one ounce of clay. Once you cut out the buttons, insert a toothpick or skewer to make the button holes (make sure the hole goes all the way through). Bake the buttons according to the directions on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet. Then you can paint them with acrylic paints, finishing up with a coat of clear gloss lacquer or shellac. (Use a toothpick to hold the button for painting and to dip it into the lacquer or shellac so you get a good coat.) Painting a white base coat first will give your detail painting a better base. You'll need a #3 or #5 paintbrush for the overall painting and a #00 for painting detail. Ask at your crafts store for these sizes or look for them printed on the brushes.

Try cutting clay into different shapes, like hearts, cats, flowers (daisies or pansies work well), little cows, ice cream cones, fruits, and vegetables...the more whimsical the better. For younger children, use simple designs, like hearts and stars, that don't require much detail. Older children can get fancier.



<< Previous: Beads

More on: Crafts for Kids

|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crafts with Kids © 1998 by Georgene Lockwood. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit the Idiot's Guide web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


highlights

11 Awesome STEM Toys to Get Kids into Science & Math
Get your child excited about the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) and summer learning! See our picks for science kits, math games, and other STEM toys for kids of all ages.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Preventing Hot Car Deaths: 6 Facts & Tips for Parents
Every year, between 30 and 50 children in the U.S. die from overheating in a vehicle. Learn facts and prevention tips to safeguard your child from "hot car death."

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks