Little C and I have been having fun experimenting with clay these past few weeks. If you haven’t introduced your child to clay, you should! Air dry clay is such a fun medium to experiment with. That’s why for this week’s Try It Tuesday article, I would love to show you how to make this fun bowl of hands. We are definitely beginners when it comes to working with clay, but that just shows you how easy this cute bowl is to make. I love introducing my daughter to new materials and helping her experiment with all the possibilities. Teaching her to think outside the box is so important to me. This bowl would make such a cute gift for grandparents for any holiday, especially Christmas.
- Air dry clay
- Skewer or knife
- Rolling pin or wooden dowel
- Medium size mixing bowl
- Cutting board
- Pencil or pen
- Gather your materials
- Take your piece of paper, and trace both your hand and your child’s hand.
- Cut out both hands.
- Take a large handful of your clay, and roll it out onto your cutting board using a rolling pin, or wooden dowel.
- Place your paper hands on top of your rolled out clay.
- Use a skewer, knife, or another tool to cut around your paper hand. I used a wooden skewer because I don’t have any clay tools.
- Remove the excess clay around your hands.
- Collect all your access clay, roll it back out, and cut out the rest of your hands. I made four adult-sized hands, and two child-sized hands to make my bowl.
- Grab a medium-sized mixing bowl, and start placing your hands inside. I placed my hands two at a time pinky, to pinky as if the hands were cupping something. The palms are slightly overlapping to form the bottom of the bowl.
- Place your other two adult hands on the opposite side. You want these hands to be pinky, to pinky as well. Gently press the edges of the palms together to form the bottom of the bowl.
- Take your two smaller hands, and place them inside your bowl like pictured below.
- After you get the placement of your hands where you like, remove the hands from the bowl, and use a skewer, fork, or another sharp object to score the back side of your small hands. Then do the same thing to the palms of your larger hands. Scoring both surfaces, and getting them slightly wet with a sponge helps fuse them together as they dry. For a more detailed explanation of how to attach clay pieces, you can check out this article.
- Once you score and wet both surfaces, make sure to gently press your smaller hands onto your larger hands, and press down on the edges.
- Give your clay 24 hours to dry, and then gently remove it from the mixing bowl. Turn both the mixing bowl and the clay hand bowl upside down, and place the clay bowl on top of the upside down mixing bowl as pictured below. Allow the bottom of the clay bowl to dry for at least 48 additional hours. You want your clay to be completely dry before you start painting. If you place plastic wrap inside your mixing bowl before placing the hands inside, it makes it easier to remove your hand bowl once it dries. I found this out the hard way when I forgot to use plastic wrap.
- Use acrylic paints to paint your hand bowl. Make sure your bowl is completely dry before you start painting. My daughter, and I both participated in this step. She painted half of the hands, and I painted the other half. Then I tried to fill in all the white spaces once we were done. The paint job doesn’t have to be perfect, little mistakes only add character, and this project is meant to be a collaborative project with an adult, and children. I personally love a project even more when you can tell little hands had a part in the creation.
We placed this bowl on our fireplace mantel, and I know that it will be a treasured keepsake for years to come. I am in love with how those little clay hands look cradled in my larger clay hands. I hope you are inspired to have fun with clay after reading this post. You don’t have to be intimidated by playing with a new medium. Clay is pretty forgiving, and if you don’t like what you have created, you can just smash the clay back into a ball, roll it back out, and try again. My daughter loves playing with clay, and it’s fun for me too! If you liked this project, don’t forget to pin it for later, and help spread the word. Also, don’t forget to come back next week to see what we try out next week for our Try It Tuesday post! Feel free to browse around and check out our past projects. We would love for our ideas to inspire more adults, and children to have fun creating, laughing, and learning! If you have any questions, just leave us a comment.