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Stacy from Not Just A Housewife writes……

Most of our summer is spent outside in the sunshine but we also like to do fun crafts. My boys love all things Army so I came up with this fun activity since it is so close to the fourth of July.

You can buy this clay at most craft stores. It doesn’t dry out and will not harden unless baked. It is easy to work with and comes in all sorts of fun colors.

For my boys I mixed some of the colors to come up with “Army” colors.

We took little pieces from three of the colors and mixed them together.

Then we rolled them in our hands to make little balls.

Toothpicks work perfectly to make holes.

I helped the boys make some flags out of the clay. When using mulitple colors that won’t be all squished together you can use this bake and bond glue. Like the clay, it will not harden until baked.

You don’t need to make an Army bracelet, you can make any kind you would like. The sky is the limit!

Once we were done making the beads I put them on a plate and baked them at 275 degrees Farenhiet for about 15 minutes. Let them cool completely before stringing them together.

I did this activity with my three oldest boys. Their ages are 9, 7, and 4. The oldest two could do it all by themselves but my 4 year old needed some help. All of them loved the end results!!!

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  1. I have never worked with clay, could you tell me about the glue, do you have to use this when you place the beads in to bake. Also, what did you use to string the clay beads on? I have grandkids next week and hope to do this with them. Thank you. Could you answer me on my e-mail.

  2. What did you need to use the glue for>??? And how did you use it? I have never worked with clay before. I would like to… Can you please email me with the answer, I am not sure if I will find this blog again to look for answers. THanks

  3. I am NOT a crafty person so I always get skerrrred at new ones, but this looks doable and I can see my kids loving this. Thanks!

  4. I have been loving this whole Craft Camp series, and I really like this idea of making clay beds! I plan to feature this post and a picture on my Sunday 6/26 Links to Love post over at!

  5. This another cool way of making bracelets – love it! This is so unusual because it is clay and I love the fact that there are other things, ornaments one can make from clay! It is nice that these things are hands on.

  6. Very cute idea!! I bet my grandkids would love that too. I might so some for 4th of July.


  7. Thanks for the help as I have been wanting to work with polymer clay and bake clays for bows also and you just helped me out. But with grandaughters I will also be trying out the jewelry and bracelets.

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