This would be a great activity for back-to-school with each child making their own face and it makes a beautiful keepsake. 

We made it based on some Christmas ornaments we made years ago: 

Clay Ornament Faces


  • Wooden plaque (You can purchase these at craft stores, dollar stores or online)
  • Model magic (our suggestion is to use a coupon or look for sales that happen at Michaels or other stores)
  • Clay board
  • Rolling pin
  • Circle cookie cutter  (you could also use a lid or the opening of a cup)
  • Clay tools (optional)
  • Drying rack
  • Glue gun/ glue
  • Stamps
  • Ruler
  • Pencil/eraser

We always find these items useful too:



  • Create your face base out of model magic to match your skin tone.  We did this by rolling out a piece on a board and cutting out a circle with a cutter.  Older children could shape their face with their hands and/or flatten out a ball.  If you don’t have a circle cookie cutter, simply use a lid or the opening of a jar.
  • Add your details to create yourself in layers- what colour are your eyes, hair etc.
  • Once you have made your face, allow it to dry on a cooling rack.  Depending on the heat and humidity in your area, this could be overnight or longer.
  • Glue your face onto your plaque and allow it to dry.
  • Lightly draw a penciled line to stamp the letters of your name.  Once your ink is throughly dry, you can gently erase it.
  • Display yourself and it you like add a written component with this printable: unique


You could also do this project using white model magic and paint your creations like this one from Art with Mr. Giannetto:

Art With Mr. Giannetto: Clay Faces

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Model Magic Self Portrait:  This All About Me idea is perfect for getting to know your students in the month of September and comes with a free template to download, describing what makes them you unique!  #modelmagic #allaboutme #selfportrait #kidscraft #kidsart


  • Working with different materials.
  • Celebrating each person’s uniqueness.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use a glue gun with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Follow product directions.
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