AUSTIN (KXAN) - With the holidays approaching adults and kids alike are looking for that perfect gift for loved ones. For kids, a hand-made craft can mean more than anything money can buy.
But making the right gift does require the right know-how.
For a clay ornament or bowl, Dave Kilvans from FirePit Ceramics in North Austin provided these suggestions:
- Use polymer clay or FIMO or some type of air-dry clay, easily found at most local arts and craft stores.
- Roll out about 8 ounces of clay into 1/2" thick slab utilizing a rolling pin.
- Put some texture into the clay using stamps or sponges or anything you can find around the house.
- Get a cookie cutter and cut out your shape, such as a candy cane, star or Christmas wreath.
- Using a needle tool or the end of a scissors, put a hole at the top of the ornament for some ribbon to hang the finished ornament.
- In order to paint your piece once it's dry, you can use acrylic paints found at most local art stores, and brushes that suit your needs.
- Have fun and, above all, be CREATIVE!!
FirePit will hold "Santa's Workshops" over 3 weeks in December to help kids make their own Christmas gifts. You can check out the classes online.
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