Gold Clay Stars for Christmas

You get a gold star, and you get a gold star, and you get a gold star! 

Can you tell I was a teacher for 30+ years? Well I was and I love a good gold star! 

Today I'm making a simple project and experimenting with a couple different kinds of clay.  It's a project that you and your kids will have fun with for Christmas or New Years!

Take a look...

gold stars with holes

I began this experiment with white Crayola Model Magic Clay, it is air dry clay. I'm also doing similar stars with 2 colors of Polymer clay

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First, I used the Crayola Model Magic Clay. This was purely an experiment because as much as I use this clay with my preschoolers, I had no idea if thin stars would dry hard enough. 

Supplies for star project, basket, twine, cookie cutter and clay

I rolled out the clay between 2 sheets of parchment paper using a rolling pin. I rolled out the clay to about 1/4" thick. 

rolling pin and clay

Next, using a star cookie cutter (straight from my grandchildren's Playdoh box). I cut stars into the rolled out clay. 

clay with star cookie cutter

I used a plastic straw to make a hole in the center of the stars then I put them out on a drying rack and let them dry for 4 days. Yes, 4 days and they were still the consistency of a stale marshmallow. 

clay stars and a straw

stars on drying rack

Didn't matter, they were cute and I was pressing on! I sanded the sides of each star smooth. 

clay stars with rub and buff

Next, I used Rub and Buff in the Gold Leaf flavor to rub just a touch over the top of my stars. If  you notice it shows every little dent in the star which made me think how cool it would be if I actually had put a texture on my stars first... next time! 

gold stars with holes

So now I had a basket full of semi dry gold stars. What could I do with them next? 

I decided to use a light jute twine to string them about 4" apart down the length of the jute. I tied a double knot around each star. 

gold stars on light jute

gold stars on twine

Now my star garland was about 5' long and I decided there were several things I could do with it. 

twirl of gold stars on jute

Certainly if I hung it someplace it would continue to dry but would it dry completely? Does it even matter if it drys all the way? It looks pretty cute hanging on a shelf. 

round shelf with star garland

You could drape it over a Christmas sign for the holidays.

stars hanging from Christmas sign

Or wind it around in a cute basket. 

basket of star garland

Not being one to give up on a project I also made the same stars using 2 colors of Polymer clay. I used the same cookie cutter but this time before I strung them on twine, I baked them in the oven at 275 degrees for 20 minutes. No need for gold leaf this time because one of the clays were gold-ish. 

polymer 2 color stars

Yep, you guessed it, after baking the Polymer stars were hard as a rock! I'm stringing these stars onto the light jute as well.

polymer clay stars

The only real difference besides the hardness is that I used 2 colors of Polymer clay on the second ones. 

Polymer clay stars on jute


I'm not sure which ones I like best but I think if I make them again I'll use the Polymer clay because I am not sure the Model Magic Clay will last in storage until next year. But, the clay was three dollars so I could make them again next year. Maybe I'll do another experiment and see! 

rack with kitchen items and star garland

You can see the similar but much easier paper star garland I made last year here!

star garland on kitchen rack with wreath


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jute twine in basket


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .