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Hi there, I’m Bennie Rue. Welcome. I am here to talk to you about making sculptures out of clay. When I started working with clay, I used rudimentary techniques to create my sculptures. Unfortunately, the creations did not stand up to the test of time due to a lack of knowledge about the right techniques to use. Over time, I discovered tips and tricks that helped me make lasting creations. I will use this site to share the knowledge I gained about properly using sculpting clay. I invite you to try out the techniques I share to create your own works of art. Thanks.


Talking About Sculpting With Clay

Kitschy Kitchen Crafts To Make With Your Kids

by Gloria Perkins

Spend a rainy afternoon or long weekend making some kitschy kitchen crafts with your children. These don't require a lot of special tools or supplies; some of the following projects utilize housewares that you likely have on hand, right now. Kids will love creating their own masterpieces to share with others or to give as gifts during the holidays!

Some kitschy kitchen crafts to make with your kids include these ideas:

Edible artwork.

Create your own version of a Sailor's Valentine using dried beans, pasta, trinkets, and pictures. These utilize a picture frame, over a piece of cardboard, which will serve as a border to keep your items in place before gluing them down with rubber cement or crafting glue. Use the beans, shells, sand, pasta, or even buttons to create designs, letters, and patterns that will complement your home's color scheme and décor to later be hung on the kitchen wall!

Very special valance and tablecloth.

Make wine cork stamps using a sharp utility blade or use basic rubber stamps to customize linens for the kitchen. These involve stamping a cotton valance and matching tablecloth with ink in various patterns and designs to create a set of linens to grace your table anytime of the year! This is also a great craft for repurposing stained linens, since the stamp will cover up any imperfections.

Cookie cutter ornaments.

Dig out your cookie cutters to create ornaments from non-edible dough, made with flour, salt, and water. Color the baked ornaments with crayons while the ornaments are still warm for a shiny surface, or you can use acrylic paint to color them later on. Before baking in a 350-degree oven, use a bent paperclip to poke a hole at the top for the hanger to display your creation.

Decorative culinary-inspired décor.

Another very simple idea is to paint wooden cutlery- spoons or spatulas- with paint pens or permanent markers. Tie them together with brightly colored ribbon and hang them on your kitchen wall; add a sprig of fake foliage or dried herbs to accent your project. These make great holiday gifts for family and friends and are a craft suitable for all ages!

Take time to help kids make their own cool kitchen crafts, and try some of these kitschy ideas! These don't require a lot of pricey crafting supplies, and are a great way to entertain children on a rainy day or boring afternoon. Encourage kids to make these for family and friends, as these ideas would make excellent holiday gifts!