What can you do on a rainy day in the school holidays with an 8 and 12 year old girl? I had my two granddaughters staying and we decided to make dolls house food using air-dry clay. We had such fun that I had a job getting them out when it was sunny!
What you will need :
* Air drying clay
* Acrylic craft paints in a variety of colours
* Some decent quality paint brushes in various sizes
* Cake cutters and moulds
* A blade (not to be used by the very young or unsupervised)
* Matt acrylic varnish
* Red and black CD marker pens
* Paper plates or buttons
* bottle tops for pie dishes
* Newspaper and a tray to work on
(I would advise that you collect everything together before you begin as children can get very impatient.)
We spent a few minutes looking at pictures of vintage food and some I had already made. A short demo and they were off! They soon got carried away and started doing their own thing. I was very impressed with the fruits of their labour and now they have very well stocked dolls houses.
1 Kneading the clay.
2 Rolling out.
3 Cutting the cake shapes. We used cake-making and petit-fours cutters.
4 Making a pie in a bottle top.
5 Push the clay into the top, flute the edges with the round end of a paintbrush and prick air holes using a cocktail stick.
6 Ready for painting.
7 Cutting a slice from the fruit cake. The blade is sharp – don’t let them use it unsupervised!
8 Extracting the slice.
9 Making a cottage loaf.
10 Press the smaller clay ball on top, moistening the join.
11 Ready for painting.
12 Making scones.
13 Leave to dry, this could take a day or so , the girls got impatient so I put it in a very low oven for a while to speed things up.
14 Starting the base coat, various shades of beige and cream.
15 Blending the golden brown top coat.
16 Flouring the top with a very small amount of off white and a small stencil brush.
17 Using a red CD marker pen for the jam line.
18 Some of Phoebe’s cakes.
19 What shall we paint next?
20 Finishing the food with a coat of matt acrylic varnish.
21 Another finishing touch. Phoebe made this meat by copying an old one and without a demo from me.
22 We used “no more nails” for icing and cream. It is a tricky, messy business, but they did well. I got them to practise on paper first.
23 CD marker dots to resemble fruit in the cake.
24 Phoebe’s finished food ( age 8)
25 Megan’s finished food ( age 12)