We had some extra clay left over from making nature prints in clay with our art group, so I thought we would do something similar and make some imprints using toys, then turn them into Christmas ornaments and gift them to friends and family. L loved the idea of using his toys for prints, even more so than he did when we used leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. with the group.
You can make these using homemade Salt Dough, which is inexpensive and can be air or oven dried. However, since we had storebought clay left over, thats what we used.
To make the clay disks I formed a ball with a chunk of clay then put a piece of wax paper over the ball and flattened it with a flat bottomed cup. The wax paper keeps it from sticking to the cup. I then used a straw to make holes in the disks so I could put ribbon through them for hanging on the tree.
We then hunted for some toys that we thought would make great prints.
Pretty neat huh?! L pressed them all!
I didn't worry about how well each print came out, they are all totally unique and made my him :)
We then set them outside in the summer heat to dry.
Sadly, I totally forgot these were outside and it rained. They were ruined. SO, we will be doing this activity again with homemade Salt Dough and drying it in the oven this time. It was a bummer that these were ruined BUT it was a fun project so we don't mind doing it again.
I think we may try painting some of them too!
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