We quite enjoy Red Ted Art’s pinch pots (https://www.redtedart.com/?s=pinch+pot) and have been working on developing our skills with the making pinch pots, this time with an Easter-y theme! If you follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/make_it_your_own_/), we are joining up with many children’s creatives for Hop Fest (see the tag #hop_fest: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/hop_fest/) for all sorts of spring fun- do check it out! 

Materials

  • Air dry clay
  • Cooling rack
  • Clay board or placemat
  • Acrylic paint or paint pens (We like the Posca brand)
  • Acrylic gloss or Modge Podge
  • Paint brush

We always find these items useful too:

SmockCraftTray

Directions

BUNNY

  • Set up your work space.  You can use a clay mat/board or a placemat to work on and protect your table.
  • To make a pinch pot, roll a ball of your clay.  Make an indent in the centre and then form the sides to your desired thickness with your fingers by pinching and pushing the clay into place to form a bowl-like shape.  We made our body oval replicating an egg. We then added on two smaller balls formed into ears, pinching the edges to the body.
  •  One thing about working with air dry clay is that you don’t want to overwork the clay or work too slowly as it will begin to dry out before you get it to your intended shape.  Depending on your brand of clay, you can add water if you would like to delay the drying process or if you find the clay becoming crumbly.  However, it is best to do so sparingly.
  • Have an adult help you carefully and slowly transfer your creation to your cooling rack.  If it seems to be stuck to the work surface, you can slide a knife gently under your bunny.  Allow your creation to dry throughly- this may take overnight or a few days, depending on the thickness of the project and the humidity in your area.
  • Once your bunny is completely dry, paint it if you like, allowing that coat to dry.  You may need a few coats of paint.  Be sure to allow sufficient drying in between and go for more thin coats compiled, rather than one thick one.
  • Here you can do two things:

A) Matte option

  • Add details with your paint pens and allow them to dry.

B) Faux Glazed option

  • Next add details to your bunny with acrylic paint, allowing those to dry overnight.  We dipped the end of various sizes of dowels in acrylic paint to get circular shapes.  You could use the eraser on a pencil too.
  • We then finished our bunny with a coat of acrylic gloss (You could use Modge Podge or a similar product too).  This gives the project a glazed look.
  • Give your Easter bunny to someone special!

EGG

Make these easy Easter egg pinch pot that each student can personalize by painting various designs and patterns! 

Directions

  • Set up your work space.  You can use a clay mat/board or a placemat to work on and protect your table.
  • To make a pinch pot, roll a ball of your clay.  Make an indent in the centre and then form the sides to your desired thickness with your fingers by pinching and pushing the clay into place to form a bowl-like shape.  We made ours oval replicating an egg.
  •  One thing about working with air dry clay is that you don’t want to overwork the clay or work too slowly as it will begin to dry out before you get it to your intended shape.  Depending on your brand of clay, you can add water if you would like to delay the drying process or if you find the clay becoming crumbly.  However, it is best to do so sparingly.
  • Have an adult help you carefully and slowly transfer your creation to your cooling rack.  If it seems to be stuck to the work surface, you can slide a knife gently under your Easter egg.  Allow your creation to dry throughly- this may take overnight or a few days, depending on the thickness of the project and the humidity in your area.
  • Once your egg is completely dry, paint it if you like, allowing that coat to dry.  You may need a few coats of paint.  Be sure to allow sufficient drying in between and go for more thin coats compiled, rather than one thick one.
  • Here you can do two things:

A) Matte option

  • Add details with your paint pens and allow them to dry.

B) Faux Glazed option

  • Next add details to your egg with acrylic paint, allowing those to dry overnight.  We dipped the end of various sizes of dowels in acrylic paint to get circular shapes.  You could use the eraser on a pencil too.
  • We then finished our egg with a coat of acrylic gloss (You could use Modge Podge or a similar product too).  This gives the project a glazed look.
  • Give your Easter egg to someone special!  (Be sure to write your name and the date on the bottom!)

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Create an Easter Bunny or Easter Pinch Pot and learn about two different methods to decorate it!  #Eastercraft #eastereggcraft #easterbunnycraft #airdryclay #pinchpots

Purpose

  • Working with various materials to create a 3-D shape.
  • Recognizing symbols associated with various seasons.
  • Developing one’s fine motor skills.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Follow product directions.
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