Summertime Crafts for Kids :: DIY Oven Baked Clay Beads

Are you feeling the pressure to come up with activities to keep the kids busy this summer? I certainly am. I’ve already started hearing the dreaded two words ‘I’m bored’ from my grandchildren, and we’re only into our first week of summer break. When I was a kid we were sent outside for the afternoon, and weren’t allowed inside until it was time for supper. Things have certainly changed, but in a good way. I have enjoyed being more hands on with my children and grandchildren. So this past Saturday when I heard those dreaded two little words from my granddaughters, I was prepared. I’ve been scouring the web to find summertime crafts for kids, and had DIY oven baked clay beads on my list.

DIY Oven Baked Clay Beads

We made a simple dough from basic kitchen ingredients.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 – 1 cup hot water

In a medium-size bowl, we combined the flour and salt. Next we added the oil and hot water, and worked it with our hands until it was pliable… and continued to kneed for 10-15 minutes until it was smooth and not sticky. This is when you’ll want to put the kids to work.

We planned to paint some of our beads, so we left a large chunk of our dough in it’s natural color. But some of it we colored with food coloring. To do this, simply add a few drops of food coloring to your dough, knead and work it in until you’ve achieved the color you want.

Summertime Crafts for Kids DIY Oven Baked Clay Beads

Back to making the beads… Once your dough is prepared, use your hands to roll the dough into desired shapes. For the tube shaped beads, take a small piece of dough and using a rolling pin, roll it out onto a piece of parchment paper. Next, carefully roll the flattened piece of dough around a wooden skewer.

Summer Crafts for Kids DIY Clay Bead Bracelets

For the round beads, simply roll a piece of dough into a ball and poke a wooden skewer through the center. The kids actually got pretty good at this.

Once all of your unpainted beads are shaped, place them on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet into the oven on 200 degrees for about 1 1/2 hour. They will be hard to the touch when done.

DIY Oven Baked Clay Beads Summertime Crafts for Kids

Lastly paint your beads. Allow them to dry completely. Then string them up using stretchy cord, to make bracelets and necklaces. All you have to do is tie the ends in a knot.

DIY Clay Beads

It’s funny, but it seems like my oldest grandchildren make the biggest messes. They were much neater doing crafts as toddlers.

Beautiful hand painted beads…

Oven Baked Clay Beads

This bracelet below is one we made using natural beads and dough that we colored with red and blue food coloring. I think it turned our very pretty!

Summertime Crafts for Kids DIY Oven Baked Clay Beads

So, what’s in your summer arsenal? Will you be making any oven baked clay beads?

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  1. says

    Oh My Word I am in love with this idea. My kids will be over the moon to make these. Thank so much for sharing. Going to bookmark this for late in the week! :)

  2. says

    Oh how cute!!! I saw a pic go by my FB timeline real quick yesterday and thought it was cereal!!! LOL Glad I came to check it out! The kiddos last day of school is today (help me) and this will be awesome to add to our summer craft list!

  3. says

    My kids would love this! I’m putting together a list of fun activities to keep us busy this summer, I’ll have to add this to the list.

  4. says

    What a fun way to spend a day! I really do like the bracelet perfect for the 4th of July :) We’ll be moving this summer, so it will be filled with packing and unpacking, I’m sure our daughter is thrilled with that LOL!

  5. says

    What a great idea! I like the idea of bracelets with big beads. We can use it when dressing up for our tea parties :-)

    My daughter has a play date coming up and I think we found something great to do.

    Great site! I’ll be back to visit!!!

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  6. says

    oh wow. these look so easy and yes, i am feeling the pressure of coming up with fun things to do this summer! thank you for helping out!

  7. says

    I love this idea, although my kids are adults now and I’m not yet a grandmother. I DO, however, have plenty of grand nieces and nephews!

  8. Nicole Dz says

    This would be a great craft to do with my daughter. She loves her dress up beaded necklaces and bracelets, but I like that these are handmade to your own design. Love this!

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