Sculpey Clay Christmas Tree with Lighting Effects


  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Plastic knife
    • Rolling pin
    • Foil
  • Things to buy: Schedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity to buy supplies (most the items below are optional)

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Ideal Age Range:

5+ (You can make this a family project and work together with younger kids.)

Mess Factor:

Low – Medium

Prep Time:

< 5 minutes – gather the supplies that you need and print out the template at the end of this post.


Finished tree with lights!

You can personalize this tree and incorporate decoration colors that you prefer (or that you have around). Children 5+ should be able to work alongside you and make their tree their own. This is also a great family project, and you can work together with younger children to create one tree (making snakes for garland or little balls is great work for younger kids).

Active Instructions:

  1. Soften the entire block of green clay with your hands by squeezing and mushing clay until soft – may have to be broken into smaller pieces for smaller hands.
  2. Roll green clay into a ball and flatten it like a hamburger patty.
  3. Roll with a rolling pin until big enough for the template (it will be fairly thin).
  4. Crinkle up the tin foil – flatten and roll onto clay to create texture – other stamps or materials can be used as well.
Crinkle the foil (or other stamp) and press on to create texture
  1. ** Peel clay from your work surface to make sure it is not sticking and then lay flat again before cutting.
  2. Place cut out template on flattened clay – trace and cut with plastic knife.
  3. Using a pointy pencil poke many holes all over the flattened clay.
  4. Gently roll and join the 2 straight edges in a standing position into the shape of a cone.
  5. Gently join the edges together as pictured by pinching or smoothing together – this is tricky so younger kids will definitely need assistance.
Trace + cut out using the template
Poke holes for lights
Roll cone together and press seam

  1. Gently pinch the top of the tree together.
  2. Choose a color and roll a very small amount into a ball for the top of the tree decoration – place on top firmly.
Pinch top of tree closed

Roll ball for top of tree

  1. (Optional) If you’d like extra decorations, roll a very thin coil/worm out of the same color you made the top decoration. Wrap this around the tree to create the spiral look as pictured.
    • When working with younger kids, this is a great activity for them!
  2. (Optional) Use another color to make very tiny balls/ornaments to use as extra decoration around the tree – place firmly onto the tree.

Your finished tree!
  1. You are done! Follow baking instructions on package.
  2. When cool – place over battery operated tea light and voila!!! You have a lit Xmas tree!

Tree Template


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