SOMETHING FOR MOTHER – Clay Hanging Basket

Students use air-dry clay and slab, hand-building technique to create a Mother's Day hanging basket which they finish with acrylic paint.

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SOMETHING FOR MOTHER – Clay Hanging Basket


  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay - White - about ½ kg (1 lb) per student
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint - 6 Count
  • Crayola Paint Brushes - 5 Count
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Copy Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Rolling Pins or Dowels about 30 cm (12") long
  • Wax Paper
  • Pencils
  • Paper Clips
  • Masking Tape
  • Water Containers
  • Ribbon or String
  • Dried or Artificial Flowers


Step 1
  1. Take a small ball of clay about the size of a tennis ball.
  2. Flatten it onto a piece of wax paper with your fingers and the palm of your hand.
  3. Next use a rolling pin or dowel to roll it into a smooth slab about .75 cm (1/4 in) thick.
  4. The wax paper will keep the clay from sticking to the table.
Step 2
  1. Fold a piece of copy paper in half.
  2. Cut out a heart shape that will fit your slab.
Step 3
  1. Place the paper pattern on the clay slab.
  2. Use the pin tool to cut out the heart.
Step 4
  1. Roll out a smaller slab the same way you made the first one.
  2. Cut out a smaller heart from the original pattern.
Step 5
  1. Cut out the smaller heart.
  2. Make a small oval slab of clay for the face.
  3. Use the pin tool to score the back of the shape.
  4. Score the spot on the small heart where you will be joining the small oval shape.
  5. Brush slip onto the surface of the oval.
Step 6
  1. Add details using various textures and tools.
  2. Remember to score and slip every time you add pieces of clay.
  3. Place the small heart onto the larger heart.
  4. Use the pin tool to mark where the small heart will join the larger heart.
  5. Remove the small heart.
Step 7
  1. Score the places where the two pieces of clay will be joined.
  2. Apply slip to the scored areas.
  3. Remember that only the sides of the small heart will be attached to the large heart.
Step 8
  1. Crumple up a small ball of wax paper.
Step 9
  1. Place the crumpled up wax paper on the large heart and place the small heart on top of it.
  2. The wax paper will support the small heart while it dries.
Step 10
  1. Join the two pieces of clay together, gently pushing the edges into each other.
Step 11
  1. Use the tip of a pencil to make two holes at the top of the heart shape for the ribbon or string.
  2. Mkae sure the holes are level.
  3. Allow the clay to dry for about one week.
Step 12
  1. When the clay is dry paint it with acrylic paint.
Step 13
  1. Add a ribbon or string and some dried or silk flowers to complete the gift.
  2. View your finished work with fresh eyes.
    - What do you like the best about it? Why?
    - What will your mother like the best about it? Why?
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