It's the first Saturday after my youngest's birthday, so she had a little get together with four friends. We don't do the huge birthday parties but we do allow a few more friends than usual to come over and we do an activity. For my oldest's, we went bowling but my youngest is in a crafty phase. We made jewelry.
Fimo clay is amazing. It's cheap, comes in gorgeous colors and stays soft until you bake it. We decided to make Fimo clay pendants and beads. You can buy fimo (another brand is "sculpey") at your craft store. Don't forget to sign up for their email specials and get your 40% off coupon! They have a package that has multiple colors quite cheap.
Start by making a ball of clay and a small "snake". Loop the snake and pinch it.
Flatten the ball into a circle. Shape if desired and then put the flat part of the snake on the back. Push to attach.
I went ahead and made one for each of the girls so that they could focus on decorating it. When they arrived, each girl got a pendant and a bunch of different colors of fimo. They pinched off little pieces and decorated them. They turned out pretty cute! Bake them at 275 degrees for at least 15 minutes. If the piece is over 1/4 inch thick, bake an additional 5 minutes per 1/8 inch. We put these on ribbon necklaces and the girls had a great party favor to take home.
I let them take the leftover clay and make beads. They poked a hole in the middle of them with a toothpick and we strung them on wire for custom bracelets after we baked them. The kids had a great time and I even made a few beads. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them but I did have fun, too!