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Jenny Barnett-Rohrs uses glow-in-the-dark clay to craft a spooky-sweet charm for your backpack.


Jenny Barnett-Rohrs

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.


Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.
Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Easy

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Areas of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour plus baking and cooling time

Monster Backpack Charm

Make your backpack stand out from the rest with the spooky-sweet backpack charm that glows in the dark!

Sculpey® polymer clay - 1 block each of light purple, dark purple, glow-in-the-dark and orange
Clay tools like mini cutters and roller
Paper clips
Texture tools like a screwdriver or cake decorating tip
Backpack or carabiner clip


  1. Roll and condition light purple clay. Cut two circles at least 2 inch round. Place one on top of the other, sandwiching a paper clip in between. Make sure the paper clip sticks out to make a hanging loop.
  2. Condition and roll out dark purple clay. Cut out a 1 1/2 inch circle or use a wavy cutter. Use a texture tool to give it some “fur.” Place on top of the light purple background circle.
  3. Condition and roll out glow in the dark clay. Cut 2 small overlapping circles for eyes, about the size of a marker cap. Place on the dark purple wavy circle.
  4. Condition and roll out some scraps of green clay. Make some micro snakes to use as antennae and place on top of the wavy circle. You can also make tiny circles, the size of a grain of rice, to make pupils for the eyes.
  5. Condition a scrap of orange clay. Roll 2 small balls the size of pencil erasers to place at the end of the antennae.
  6. Use other scraps of light purple clay to make other accents, if you wish.
  7. Bake clay according to the manufacturer’s directions. Let cool completely.
  8. Using a carabiner key chain, thread the loop through the split ring.

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