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Craft Alert! Air Dry Clay Kindness Dish How-to

Craft Alert! Air Dry Clay Kindness Dish How-To
AUGUST 16TH, 2022
Girls doing crafts on a lawn
Trinket dishes are popular items to make with air dry clay, and rightfully so. They’re simple to create, and it’s fun to feel the clay between your fingers. Here’s a heads-up, though: this is not your average trinket dish. Kindness is the theme of this craft! You’ll be using your trinket dish as a place to keep ideas for random acts of kindness you can do to help lift other girls up.

Supplies for the Dish

  • Air dry clay
  • Small bowl
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Craft knife or butter knife
  • Rolling pin (round bottle or jar works too)
  • Parchment paper
  • Pencil
  • Glitter
  • Scissors

Supplies for Hearts

  • Colored paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

How to Make Your Trinket Dish

Step 1: Put a large chunk of clay on parchment paper.
Step 2: Add several drops of paint to the clay and knead the clay to spread the paint throughout. Repeat this until the clay has your desired color.
Step 3: Place parchment paper over the clay, and use a rolling pin to flatten the clay to about ¼ of an inch.  We used a water bottle instead of a rolling pin.
Step 4: Press a small bowl into the clay, and use a craft knife or butter knife to cut around the bowl. Use scissors to trim away any remaining excess.
Step 5: Knead the excess clay, and then flatten it. Add more paint (if you’d like). Put parchment paper over the clay and smooth it out with a rolling pin.
Step 6: Add glitter to the clay. Then roll the clay into a thin worm-like shape. Put this long shape around the edge of your clay circle.
Step 7: Add more glitter to the rim of the trinket dish.
Step 8: Use water to smooth the edges, and ensure the two separate parts are well connected.
Step 9: Use a pencil to make small dots that spell a message about kindness, like “be kind.” Allow the dish to dry for 2-3 days.
Step 10: Use paper and scissors to make 4 small hearts. On each heart, write a different way that you can lift up another girl you know by showing kindness. Here are a few ideas:
  • Draw a picture for a friend
  • Play with someone who’s alone
  • Pick a flower for a friend
  • Bring an extra snack for a friend
Put your kindness trinket dish in a place where you’ll see it every day. Then place your hearts in your kindness dish, and choose a heart once a week for a reminder of how you can spread kindness in your community.
We think this is a great way to start a new school year, but can be a lot of fun at any time. We hope you have a blast doing this project!

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