Easter craft projects for kids are a fun way to involve them in the Easter holiday. This Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box craft project is perfect for kids of all ages to make. This whimsical clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box will keep all of their small keepsakes and what nots close at hand
The entire Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box project will take a few hours, so do it when the kids are ready to sit still. Let the kids know they will need to let the clay dry before they can paint it!
You should be able to complete the entire Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box craft project for around $5 per child. Cost will depend on the type of materials you decide to purchase.
To Make a Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box Your Kids Will Need:
Air Drying Clay Product (Recommendations at the end of the article)
Pastel Tempera or Acrylic Paint
Clear Acrylic Spray Paint
Paint Brushes (In a variety of sizes)
Clay working Tools (Recommendations for homemade ones at the end)
To start making your Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box break off a chunk of clay. Have the kids work the clay in their hands until it becomes softer and easier to work with.
The first step is to roll this air drying clay into a coil. The longer the coil the more you will have to work with. I like my coils to be about ½ inch thick. A little thinner won’t hurt.
Start making the base to your Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box by working the coil around in a tight oval, the shape of an Easter egg. Work out until you have the size or diameter you would like. You need to keep it as an egg shape as you work out.
Use your fingers and clay tool to rub and spread the clay together. You can also use a little water on a paintbrush to help loosen the clay and make it stick. Don’t go over board with the water though.
When you have finished the Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box base cover it with a piece of plastic wrap and set it aside. You need to keep it moist so you can attach the sides of the Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box.
Have the kids break off more clay and make coils again. Use the coils to work up the sides of the Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box. Place the first coil on the base and keep adding to it. Work higher and higher. I think about 4 inches would be a good height.
Use water, clay working tool, and your fingers to smooth the clay and make sure it is firmly attached to the base.
Once you have made your Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box the height you want it to be you need to repeat the steps you used to build the base to build a lid for the jewelry box. Add a small lip or coil on the inside to hold it in place when shut.
You can also build small walls inside the jewelry box for compartments to hold jewelry and rings.
Now, you can add embellishments like designs carved into the clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box. I think it is a fun and whimsical to carve in polka dots, swirls, lines, and any other designs you might see on decorate or dyed Easter eggs.
You can also stick buttons, rocks and almost anything into the clay. Air drying clay does not have to be fired, so be adventurous with your embellishments.
Let you air drying lay dry according to the directions on the package. Once your Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box craft project has completely dried you can let the kids paint it.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly and then spray the Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box with clear acrylic spray paint. This will seal all if the hard work you kids have put into the craft project. Make sure you spray the inside of the Clay Easter Egg Shaped Jewelry Box as well. This will help protect the inside of the Easter craft project where your jewelry will rest.
You can also line the inside of the jewelry box with felt. Cut out the pieces and attach them in place with spray adhesive.