The theme for this years summer camp was “launching a new beginning”. I wanted at least one of my SWAPS to reflect the theme, so I made these tiny rockets out of oven-baked clay.
Oven-baked clay in a variety of colors
Metal eye pins (found in the jewelry making section of the craft store)
Printable SWAP tags (here)
Step 1: Begin by kneading white clay to soften it. Form a “log” shaped piece approximately 1/4 inch diameter. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
Step 2: After kneading the bright colored clay. Form a second “log” that is the same diameter as the white in step 1. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces. Add to the top of each white piece and shape into a cone-like capsule.
Step 3: Roll a softened piece of bright colored clay into a very thin snake-like piece. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces. Press 3 pieces into the bottom of the log to form the fins.
Step 4: Insert an eye pin into the capsule of the rocket.
Step 5: Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake according to package directions. (275* for 15 minutes).
Step 6: While the clay is cooling, print the “Hope You Had a BLAST” SWAP tags on cardstock. Cut along the dotted lines. Write your first name and troop number on the back of each tag.
Step 7: Attach a tag to each rocket with a safety pin.
Step 8: SWAP
Please remember that the metal eye pins will be very hot when you remove them from the oven. I recommend adult supervision during the baking process. I have also found that covering my work area with parchment paper helps with clean up.
I hope you have a blast making these SWAPS