Cold Porcelain Christmas Ornaments

Most Advent seasons I try to come up with some craft activity for my Sunday School class that features the Bible characters involved in the story for the four Sundays plus Christmas. This year I tried two different types of white homemade clay.

The first was made with baking soda and corn starch. It worked ok at first, but didn’t dry very well, making big cracks.

So then I tried a second type of white clay, something called cold porcelain. Of course it isn’t porcelain by any stretch of the imagination, but that is what it is called. It is a clay made out of corn starch and Elmer’s glue with a bit of baby oil and lemon juice thrown in. On the internet I found two recipes–one you cook and one you don’t, but they seem pretty much like the same ingredients. Just google “cold porcelain recipe” to find instructions.

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Gary made me some rolling pins from a large dowel, and my kids made ornaments by pressing the nativity chunky foam stamps into rolled out clay.

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The bad news is that it dries nice and flat if one keeps turning it over and over, but left for days in my SS room, the ornaments curled as they dried.

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We used them anyway! We colored them with various pens;, markers and colored pencils–it seemed like dry-erase markers actually worked the best.

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We put them on the tree which was on the hallway bulletin board.

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