Hands On Crafts for Kids
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By Patty Cox



Main supplies:

  • journal
  • rolling pin
  • wax paper
  • Pacon® construction paper
  • Royal® pastel chalks
  • sandpaper
  • Fiskars® Stylus

Potato Putty Recipe:

  • dissolve 1/2 cup dried potato flakes in 1/2
  • cup warm water
  • add and mix:
  • 1/4 cup white glue
    1 tablespoon green acrylic paint
    1 cup flour
    1 cup cornstarch


1. Mix potato putty clay recipe in bowl. Roll clay between two sheets of wax paper to about 1/8” thick. Place square pattern over clay. Cut square from clay using a small plastic knife. Place clay on a piece of cardboard to sculpt. Place remaining clay in small baggie.
2. Place celtic pattern over clay square. Draw over pattern lines pressing the pattern impression onto clay surface. Remove pattern. Use stylus or paintbrush handle and a pencil eraser to press celtic pattern background down, leaving raised celtic design. Let dry. Brush green chalk dust over embossed design when dry. Lightly sand over embossed surface with sandpaper. Brush away dust with dry paintbrush.
3. To make construction paper look like leather, wad construction paper into a ball. Open wrinkled paper and scuff the paper surface with sandpaper. Rub chalk over wrinkled surface. Pour about 1-2 teaspoons glue on cover. Brush glue over entire surface of journal cover. Let dry.
5. Glue green construction paper on cover. Trim edges. Glue celtic design square on cover.

Pacon® construction paper, DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint


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