How to Make Playdough Nature Stamps with Sculpey Clay

How to Make Playdough Nature Stamps


Flower Prints in Sculpey Clay

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Maia’s been asking to make the sculpey nature prints again so we finally did another batch with all the spring blooming flowers we could find.

Clockwise from left :: dandelion, buttercup? (little yellow flower growing wild in our yard), miniature daffodil, and periwinkle (vinca).

Note :: This is the sculpey clay that we used.

How to Make Kids Playdough Nature Stamps in Sculpey Clay

Then we got out the playdough and used them as nature stamps by pressing our sculpey flowers and leaves into the soft playdough (actually homemade play clay–a recipe from MaryAnn F. Kohl’s First Art). I was surprised at how well they worked as stamps / molds and how much detail the playdough captured!

I know I’ve shown you some photos, but I’m obviously in love with these right now and am going to show you a few more.

Using Sculpey Nature Prints for Playdough Prints

This is Lemon Balm.

Using Sculpey Nature Prints for Making Playdough Prints

Dusty Miller.

Using Sculpey Nature Prints for Making Playdough Prints

Grape Hyacinth.

I didn’t think the thicker items came across as effectively in the sculpey, but once the sculpey was used as a nature stamp for the playdough, the thicker items were actually better than the more delicate ones.

Making Playdough Prints with Sculpey Nature Prints

Maia and I both loved these! We were oohing and ahing for at least an hour.

With both the sculpey nature prints and the playdough imprints (I’m still not sure what to call them), making them is fun and easy and the result is beautiful—the perfect combination of process and product in my mind!


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How to Make Playdough Nature Stamps with Sculpey Clay

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  • Reply
    melissa s.
    April 9, 2008 at 8:19 am

    I agree, those are beautiful! And what a great project for little minds to grasp the relief process.

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    April 9, 2008 at 8:53 am

    gotta get some sculpey! thx for sharing the idea and the pics jean!

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    April 9, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I have the sculpey … just waiting on the NATURE part of this project. Argh. Unless you think brown, more brown and ugly brown twigs and leaves are beautiful … begging for spring to come our way. BEGGING.

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    Melissa A
    April 9, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Oh, wow! That’s fantastic. Did you make the sculpey or buy it?

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    April 9, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    love these! do you know of a sculpey DIY recipe?

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    The Artful Parent
    April 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

    You can buy Sculpey at art supply stores. In our store it’s in the section near the paint with the plaster of paris and other modeling materials. It’s about $11 for a box, but I always buy it when I have a half-off coupon.

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    April 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    We made some of these and H loved it. I was impressed with how much detail we got also. Though the next time we do this I need to make sure to make bigger balls of sculpty, ours were much smaller about the size of a quarter and while they came out fine, a couple of them have not held up to the roughness of preschoolers.

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    The Artful Parent
    April 9, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t know of a DIY recipe for sculpey. Someone suggested trying salt dough though.

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    April 10, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Did you use the whole block or just one of the 4 pieces the block is divided up into? Yours look bigger in your daughters hands. Ours were a bit over cooked! But still a great project that we will do again!

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    April 11, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Doing this activity periodically throughout the year is a fun way for children to notice which plants are in bloom during different times of the year. What a great idea to revisit the project in this way!

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    The Artful Parent
    April 11, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Kristen – I think I bought a larger box than you since I bought white. When you buy colors they are often in smaller boxes, right? I divided my large white blog into 18 pieces with a knife first, then rolled each cube into a ball. Ours are fairly sizeable–about 3 inches across. The cooking time depends on how thick your piece is. Ours varied in thickness, but were mostly about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.

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    April 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    These are incredible, absolutely incredible! :-)

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    melissa s.
    April 16, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks again for the idea. I tried it with the kids today and they loved it, as did I. Blogged here

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    August 10, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve bookmarked this to come back to. Love the idea and now ready to purchase Sculpey. I was wondering if it was just plain old Sculpey or Sculpey III?

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    May 7, 2020 at 9:13 am

    We tried this, and after deciding to go one post 2yo snapping all the air dry clay discs, we also found the playdough too soft. It just stuck to the clay. I’m hoping once it isn’t so fresh that it might work better. Any tips for getting the play dough right?

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