Clay (Porcelain) Necklaces for a Princess Party

For my daughter’s 5th birthday party we did a princess theme this year.  I knew it would be fun for each child to make and decorate their very own necklace.  I was thinking of Sofia the first and her amulet at the time.  IMG_3133.jpg

At first I thought about doing salt dough.  But it would be a little off white and a salt dough texture.  Then I found on my can of cornstarch a recipe for clay dough!  It turns out that when you use a cornstarch and baking soda dough it drys not only white but with a smooth texture like porcelain!  Perfect for making princess amulets!!
The dough was very easy to make!
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
1. Mix ingredients together in a saucepan and heat.  Make sure you are stirring constantly!
2.  Stir until the mixture becomes the consistency of mashed potatoes or homemade play dough.
3.  Transfer to a bowl and cover with a damp towel and let it cool for about 30 minutes.  You don’t want to burn yourself!
4.  Once it has cooled enough you can place the dough on a flat surface and roll it out into a round sheet.
5.  Use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes you want and transfer them to a parchment lined cookie sheet.
I didn’t have cookie cutters other than for Christmas so my wonderful friend lent me hers!!  So sweet of her!  My daughter’s favorite part was using the cookie cutters and making the shapes!  She loved picking out the cookie cutters!
Before you bake them you will want to make your holes at the top for the necklaces.  I used a wooden chop stick to make the holes and that worked really well!
6.  Bake at 175 degrees for 60 minutes.  Flip them half way through!  Flipping is very important!  My first batch I forgot and the bottom was uncooked and the tops were all cracked!  So be sure to flip them at 30 minutes!
7.  Now they are ready to paint!
For painting we used acrylic paint and then once the paint dried the children topped them off with a bit of glitter glue!
Nothing says princess like glitter!  Then each child got to pick out what color of yarn they wanted for their necklace!

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