1 package Creative PaperClay
rolling pin or acrylic roller (or pasta machine set to thickest setting)
star cutter set (shown: Ateco)
wooden spool beads (Indus Trading Co.)
small clay pot
Optional: paint, glitter, glue
1) Remove clay from package. Flatten with chosen tool (rolling pin, acrylic roller, or pasta machine). Place flattened clay on work surface.
2) Use cutters to cut 2 of each size except for the smallest...cut only 1 of that size. Use a finger to smooth the edges of each star.
5) Once dry (or cooled), glue the small star to pointed end of bamboo skewer. Then add stars 2 at a time, sliding a wooden spool in between sizes. Continue until all of the stars have been placed on skewer. Add one last wooden spool.
6) Press any remaining clay from the package into the clay pot.
OPTIONAL TOUCH #1: Paint tree and spools as desired. Pot can be decorated with paint, permenant marker, or ribbon trim.
OPTIONAL TOUCH #2: Drill small holes at the tips of each star and hang small ornaments (must be lightweight). Display your tree on top of a mirror in the center of a table...GOR-GE-OUS!
For my students I think that I will adapt the tutorial to use smaller staggered stars and string on pipe cleaners instead of the bamboo skewer. It will help the clay to go a bit farther in my classroom (up to 36 students per class) and leave me counter space for other projects :-)