We love Christmas Crafts that kids can make! My kids are still “too young” to really spend any money on gifts for friends and family. So I encourage them to always make something homemade for Christmas. Afterall, making something, spending the time and effort, is much more special and than buying something “random” from the shops (and I am pretty certain, that anything bought with pocket money would be a bit random!!!). I am hoping that the kids will making their own gifts for many years to come.. but we shall see. I am trying to avoid the consumerism of today, and make things more thoughtful. Anyway… I digress. Here we have some little Clay Tea Light Holder Gifts that we made last year (I think we finished them on Christmas Eve… nothing quite like last minute!). We made these using clay and cookie cutters, however salt dough should work really well too (check out our Salt Dough Recipe here). Air Drying Clay Projects are a great way to get kids working with different mediums.. and you may enjoy it too!
Clay Tea Light Holders – Materials
- air drying clay
- acrylic paints (we used gold and white)
- glitter (optional)
- tea lights
- LARGE cookie cutters (check out all our Cookie Cutter Crafts.. worth investing in some!!)
How to make Clay Tea Light Holders with Cookie Cutters
As you can imagine, they really are quite easy! The key thing, is to use LARGE cookie cutters – ie cutters that are big enough to have a tea light fit into the centre.
Prepare the clay
Roll out your clay to about 1.5cm. Try and avoid any air bubbles or cracks.
Position the tea light
Place your tealight in the centre. And press down hard (this will be easier if you use salt dough).
Cute the shape into the clay
Then place your cookie cutter over the top and cut out your shape (keeping the tea light in place).
If need be, smooth down the edges with a little water.
Let dry fully – this took 3-4 days in our house.
Paint your clay tea light
Once fully dry, paint in whatever colours you wish. You can add a little glitter to the drying paint!
And finished. A lovely little Christmas Gift for Kdis to make!