There’s no doubt about the fact that kids love marking their personal belongings and letting the world know that it belongs to them. You probably first noticed this when your two year old vehemently announced that the brown teddy at his playschool was “Only mine!” Seeing their names on their backpacks or their lunch boxes gives them an extra feeling of ownership and helps them feel more connected to their stuff. So when you’ve decided that it’s time for your child to move into a room of her own, it’s only fair that you mark it – with a kid-made clay nameplate!
You might wonder if there’s any need to mark a child’s room with her name – after all, the room isn’t going anywhere! But if you’ve ever seen how siblings function, you’ll know why it’s important! Even with only children, seeing their name outside their room gives them a sense of responsibility, and maybe, just maybe, they might want to clean up their rooms on their own! Perhaps if they make a name plate for their room with their own hands, they might feel more in charge. So let’s go ahead and help them with a craft that’s perfect for the season – a Winter themed Kid-Made Clay Nameplate.
Winter themed Kid-Made Clay Nameplate
Supplies needed to make the Clay Nameplate:
- Cold porcelain clay [ Homemade Clay recipe here ]
- Acrylic paint (ultramarine blue, crimson red, sap green, burnt sienna, white & black)
- Steel ruler
- Plastic sheet
- Clay tools (optional )
- Coir string
1. We’re going to need a large chunk of clay for the base, and quite a bit of white for the snow and snowman, along with little chunks in green, black, burnt sienna and red. Divide the translucent clay into parts accordingly.
2. Let’s start preparing for the blue base by mixing two to three drops of ultramarine blue paint in the clay. Mix and spread the color well and roll out the clay to form a thick rectangle. Here, my rectangle measures four by six inches, but you can totally make it bigger or smaller. Make the edges smooth.
3. Repeat the first step once again with another large batch of clay, this time mixing the white paint into it, mixing till uniformly distributed. Take a large chunk out, roll it into a thick long cylinder and then use your finger to flatten it out. This is our snow.
4. Stick the sheet of snow on the lower half of the blue base. Turn the base upside down and cut out any extra clay hanging off the edges. Press down the white clay gently to make it stick. If the clay is wet there is no need to use glue as it sticks on its own.
5. Make two holes at the top end corners of the blue rectangle when the clay is still wet. You can use a clay modelling tool or just go ahead with a sharp pointed pencil.
6. From the leftover white clay, take two small balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten the balls into circle and stick these for the snowman. With the remaining clay, make tiny balls and flatten them to make snowfall. Make as much snow as you want to, but remember to leave the middle of the base empty for the name.
7. For the trees, mix the green paint into translucent clay and shape small triangles out of it. Mix the brown paint into another chunk of clay and roll it out to make tree trunks. Arrange the trees on either side of the clay nameplate. Make red clay and roll out tiny bits to make dots. Use this to make the snowman’s buttons and to decorate the trees. Use black clay to make the snowman’s hat and face.
8. It’s time to personalize! Write your child’s name on a plain sheet of paper using any font you like, in approximate the size you want it to be on the nameplate. Place a transparent plastic sheet on the paper to prevent the clay from sticking onto it. Now make long, thin strings using red color clay and ‘trace’ the name on the plastic sheet. Let the letters dry on the plastic sheet. Once done, lift them out carefully and stick them with glue in the center of the nameplate.
9. For the final step, weave a coir string through the holes and tie a knot to secure it. Cut out any extra string and voila – your very own, customized clay nameplate is ready!
This is a cute nameplate that is great for girls and boys, and of any age. The nameplate requires just basic shapes, so even kids can make them without any sophisticated modeling tools. This also makes a great gift for a cousin or a friend – after all, who doesn’t love personalized stuff! You can also add a few extra touches here and there, like the googly eyes here. Maybe you can add some spectacles for the snowman, or a fun scarf. You can do whatever you like to personalize it to your heart’s content!