- Things you probably have at home:
- Marker or pencil
- Things to buy: Schedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity to buy supplies (most the items below are optional)
- Sculpey Clay – white, orange + yellow
- Thin needle tool – can use anything sharp and pointy to make a hole
- (Optional) Thin cord for necklace – if you want to make a necklace
- (Optional) Medium size jump ring – if you want to make a necklace
- (Optional) Pin back – if you want to make a pin
- (Optional) Hanging earring kit – if you want to make earrings
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Ideal Age Range:
4+ (older for more complex jewelry). See notes at the end of this post on how to adapt this for younger learners!
15 – 30 minutes + baking time
This is a great project to start to introduce children to working with clay. Older children will be able to manipulate the clay into a candy corn shape and they can choose if they want to make a pin, necklace or earrings.
If you have small children, take a look at our extra learning section and the video for ideas on how you can work with them to help turn this craft project into a lesson on shapes + colors!
- Break off small pea size pieces of each color (smallest white, medium yellow, larger orange).
- Roll each piece into a small ball.
- Stack as a 3 tier snowman (as pictured) white being the smallest piece on top, a little larger for yellow in the middle, and largest for orange on the bottom of the snowman – make sure each piece is sticking to each other
- Lay the snowman on its side. Using your fingers, carefully smooth the snowman into a triangle shape with white on the top (use pictures as a guide).
- If making a necklace: use the needle tool or pointy utensil to put a small hole into top of triangle (white area) big enough to slide open jump ring into hole and then close to form a wire loop at the top of the triangle. (Kids may need assistance for this step.)
- Bake in oven following package instructions – jump ring can be left in during baking – WAIT TO COOL before touching.
- Put a length of cord for the necklace through the wire loop to create the necklace and tie at the end – make it big enough so that the wearer can easily take on and off over their head.
- If making earrings: Carefully slide a short eye pin into top of triangle (white area) as pictured. Bake as directed on package – WAIT TO COOL before touching! Add earring finding to eye pin.
- If you are making a pin: Pin backs can be glued on after baking.
- (Optional) All items can be sprayed with a gloss polyurethane spray after baking and cooling – this is best done outside by an adult!
Reminder: save whatever dough you have leftover in a plastic bag for future projects!
Adapting for Younger Children:
Great for those kids who have smaller hands and fingers and are developing fine motor skills! Also a fun lesson to learn about shapes – specifically the triangle shape!
- Draw a triangle shape on paper – any size that you would like the candy corn pin or necklace to be. (Maybe draw several different shapes and have your kids pick out the triangle shapes OR have the kids draw the triangle shape!)
- Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 above.
- Place the “snowman” flat onto the template (as pictured) and carefully use fingers to push and form to the triangle template (does NOT have to be perfect!)
- Assist kids in carefully peeling candy corn project away from the template.
- Follow steps 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 from above depending on what you are making (necklace, or pin or earrings).
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