I love making fun and whimsical jewelry out of clay. This simple Tulip clay necklace is perfect for a group of girls to make at an overnight slumber party.
You can make a Tulip bead clay craft project in less than 2 hours. Be sure to allot for drying time for the clay. So, if you are doing this at a slumber party then have the kids start making the beads out of the air drying clay the night before. They can dry overnight and the kids can put their Tulip necklaces together after breakfast.
Now, to make the Tulip clay beaded necklace you will need:
Air Drying Clay
Wooden or Metal Skewers
Clear Acrylic spray paint (optional)
Now, the first thing your need to do is find your air drying clay. I buy this at Dick Blick art supply store. I have also seen it at Pearl Paints. You may be able to find it at Michaels in smaller containers. Generally a 5 pound block of air drying clay will cost about $10. You can make a large number of necklaces with one block. You can also buy the lacy in white, red, and a variety of other colors.
Ok, so if you are making this Tulip necklace with a group of kids I recommend going ahead and slicing if a slab of clay for each child. They can keep it wrapped in plastic wrap near them so they don’t have to reach for more.
Have each child roll out their slab of clay to about ¼ inch thick. Rolling pins work best for this.
Now, use the wood skewer or tooth pick to draw out the tulip shapes. The kids can draw out their tulip on paper first. Then cut it out. Now, trace the tulip onto the clay.
This will be the Tulip shaped bead. These Tulip beads can be made to almost any size. I recommend about ¼ inch to ½ inch Tulip for the best beads. The kids can also roll out coils and cut out tube shaped beads. These beads can go in between each tulip to space them out.
Now, use your wooden skewer to make the hole through the center of the Tulip shaped bead. You may need to help smaller children with this step of the craft project. Help them to press a hole through the Tulip shape starting on one side and coming out the other.
Continue this hole making process until all of the Tulip shaped beads is ready.
Now, the kids can also crave designs into their air drying clay Tulips. Names, letters, school initials, and even polka dots are all great. They can also carve in realistic details like the folds in the stems of the tulips.
Now, lay the Tulip beads out on a flay surface until the colored clay is completely dry.
If you want to paint the Tulip beads this would be the time to do it. You can spray the beads all one color, paint each one individually, or even leave them in the beautiful color you bought the clay in.
Once any paint has dried you can string the Tulip shaped beads on your yarn, twine, or necklace. I like to make the necklace long enough to slip over the child’s head, but you could also buy some jewelry clasps at the arts and craft store.
You will be able to see the string, so it could be important to a little girl what color the string is.
This simple Tulip clay craft is great for a group for kids because your clay will a really long way. The kids will spend so much time making the Tulip beads that they won’t realize they are not using a ton of clay.