Get into the festive spirit of the holidays by creating & decorating a gingerbread person using air-dry clay & gems! Great for ornaments, coasters, wreaths, and more with a little imagination.
- Parchment Paper
- Air Dry Clay
- Plastic Knife
- Glass and/or Plastic Gems
Step 1: Begin by creating a template for your mosaic onto a piece of cardstock or heavy-weight paper of any shape. In the video, we are making a gingerbread person.
Step 2: Use scissors to cut out the drawn shape.
Step 3: Prepare a flat surface for clay by covering it with a sheet of parchment paper.
Step 4: Gather a handful of air dry clay. Compress the clay between your hands and then flatten it into a disc.
Step 5: Use a rolling pin to roll the disc into a half-inch thick slab.
Step 6: Check the size of the slab against the template. Add more clay to the slab if it is too small.
Step 7: Place the cardstock template onto the slab when the slab is the correct size. Use a plastic knife to cut the slab by tracing the template. Save the excess clay for another project.
Step 8: Remove the template from the clay and smooth the edges with your fingers.
Step 9: Gather a handful of glass or plastic gems.
Step 10: Press the gems firmly into the clay. Ensure the gems stick into the clay, but not so hard that they go through it.
Step 11: Once the gems are in place, allow the clay to dry. This may take a few days.
Step 12: When the clay is fully dry, it is ready to paint. Use acrylic paints to paint the clay. Use a damped paper towel to remove any unwanted paint on the gems.
Take Your Mosaic Gingerbread to the Next Level:
- Make small shapes and poke a hole in the top to create an ornament.
- Use objects other than glass or plastic gems. Ideas include shells, beads, and buttons.
- Create a set of round mosaics to use as coasters.
Learning and Discussion Questions:
1. Has this clay project inspired you to bake some real gingerbread? The following recipes will guide you through baking gingerbread for house building and cookies!
2. Did you know that Swedish artist Caroline Eriksson creates gingerbread sculptures? Watch this short video to see a glimpse of her process. To see her most recent creations, follow her on Instagram @caroline.d.eriksson
Thank you to our sponsor, PNC Arts Alive!, for helping to make this video possible!