Clay and Bead Peacock

These bright peacocks are so beautiful, and so simple to make!

  1. Ages: 5 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    It's always so great when a project needs just a few around-the-house ingredients!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    The first step belongs to the biggest person! I cut a few pieces of wire around seven inches or so, then took the needle-nose pliers and curled the end around. This serves two purposes: it rounds the edge so there are no pokey edges, and is a stopper for the beads.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Maddie molded the peacock's body, using blue non-hardening clay. I asked her if she'd like plain air dry clay, and told her she could paint and add glitter-glue to it after it was dry, but she liked the blue clay.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    When she had her bird's body just right, she started on the glorious feathers, putting beads on the wire.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    I showed her how the first bead would actually be the top of the peacock's feather.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    She worked through several wires....

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    Until she was satisfied with her gorgeously fine fellow!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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