DIY Lunar Home Decor: Moon Phases For Kids

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This fantastic clay project is a great way to explore moon phases for kids. Let them enjoy getting creative with clay and paints, as they capture the magic of the waxing and waning moon, with this delightful DIY moon wall hanging, that pays homage to the night sky.

You Will Need:

Step 1:

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First, roll out your clay so it’s around 1cm thick. I find it’s really useful to work on a bit of baking paper.

Step 2:

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Take your lid, and mark out 4 full circles and a half circle moon.

Step 3:

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Take your lid once again, and use the shape to make a crescent moon. You’ll need two of these.

Step 4:

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Make a hole in the tops of the full moons, and top and bottom of the crescent moons and half moon – this is where you will hang your moons. Also make different sized craters in the moon by using things like the end of a paintbrush or pencil to push a couple of millimetres into the clay.

Step 5:

Leave to dry for at least 24 hours. If it is very cold and damp, you can also put in a very low setting in your oven for half-hour intervals. Be wary of heating it too fast, however, otherwise the clay will crack!

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When the clay has set, use your white and black paint to create shades of grey in different gradients.

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Go in with a smaller paintbrush and paint the insides of the craters black.

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When they are dry, it’s time to thread your moons together. Start with the bell at the bottom and, working your way up, loop once around each hole, so the moons are secure. You may find it’s useful to use an embroidery needle to help.

TIP: If your moons are jumping about and refusing to stay flat when you hang, just use a bit of masking tape to secure the twine to the moons, and the moons to the wall.

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Once your beautiful project is complete, you’re all done – and not only have you enjoyed a crafty activity creating eye-catching moon phases for a stunning home decor piece… but the kids have enjoyed an opportunity to get creative, too!

Want to find more ways to keep the kids busy? Dive into our kids craft section right here! Or, if you’re after more home decor inspiration, check out the rest of our home crafts projects.

As our content marketing executive in charge of the Create and Craft blog, Lisa loves nothing more than writing about all things craft. ‘When I’m not at work, you’ll find me attempting a wonky crochet project, playing with watercolours or trying my hand at the latest awesome craft tutorial to cross my desk!’

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