Polymer Clay Family Frame
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Polymer Clay Family Frame

This easy to make frame is perfect for showcasing a favorite family photo and great for gift giving, too!
Designed by Britta Lautenschlager
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • Craft Smart® Polymer Clay: White, Black, Tan, Beige, Pink, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Light Purple, Bright Green, Green
  • Small Wooden Frame
  • Acrylic Paint: Blue, Green
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pasta Machine/Acrylic Clay Roller
  • Needle Tool
  • Kemper Cutter: Triangles and Flowers
  • Tissue Blade
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Sculpey® Clay Extruder
  • Cosmetic Blush
  • Ruler
  • Oven Proof Glass or Metal Baking Surface (craft dedicated)
  • Oven

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Read all tips in the Project Tip section below before beginning project.

Step: 2

Paint frame as follows: Paint back, bottom front and edges with green. Paint top front, sides and edges with blue. Set aside to dry.

Step: 3

Roll out one blue log for the boy and one purple log for the girl, shape into pants.

Step: 4

Make two brown balls for the boy’s shoes and two light purple balls for the girl’s shoes, attach to the pant legs.

Step: 5

Using orange clay, make one large cone and two smaller ones for the boy’s shirt. Do the same in pink for the girl. Hollow out the bottom of the larger cones so they can fit over the pants. Poke a small hole into bottom of the sleeves for hands and attach to body.

Step: 6

Roll out two beige balls for the heads attaching them to the bodies with toothpicks. Make noses and ears to attach to the heads and add tiny black beads for eyes. Finish faces by gently brushing on a small amount of blush for the cheeks. Use the needle tool to make a small half circle for the mouth and add a small red ball for the tongue.

Step: 7

Use the extruder to make brown hair for the boy, and tan hair for the girl. Make extra tan strings for the balloons and the kite.

Step: 8

Make four small beige balls, slightly flattened and shaped into hands. Cut into one side to shape thumb.

Step: 9

Make a blue baseball cap for the boy by taking a ball, slightly flattening it and pressing a hollow place into the bottom to fit over the head. Make a flat half-circle for the front of the hat. Place onto the boy’s head .Make the hair by wrapping the brown strings around a needle tool and pressing it onto the sides and front of the head.

Step: 10

Attach the tan hair to the girl’s head and finish the girl by cutting out small light purple flowers for the shirt, then adding tiny yellow beads to the middle of the flowers.

Step: 11

Roll out a thin sheet of red clay and cut out a kite shape. Use the extra lengths of extruded tan strings to make the cross braces for the kite.

Step: 12

Make balloons by flattening and stretching out one yellow, one green, and one bright green clay ball. Attach the extruded tan strings previously made. Place strings in hand for the boy’s kite and the girl’s balloons.

Step: 13

To make the snail’s body roll a small log of bright green clay. Use the clay blade to cut part way into one end of the log creating a forked/split end. Roll a thin snake of light purple then roll to create the shell. Attach the two pieces together.

Step: 14

To make the flowers roll three small snakes of both green and bright green clay. Take the three snakes from each color and press them together at one end. Using the small flower shaped Kemper cutter, cut out red and yellow flowers from a thin sheet of clay. The flower cut outs will be attached to the sets of green snakes to make the flowers.

Step: 15

Place everything on a baking surface and bake as instructed below in the Project Tip section.

Step: 16

After cooling, glue pieces to the frame.


Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.

Make sure to clean hands and tools before starting project.

Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces.

Knead clay for 2 minutes.

Start with lighter colors and work down to darker colors to avoid discoloring of the clay.

Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275º F (130º C) for 15 minutes per ¼-inch (6mm) of thickness. Do not exceed temperatures or recommended baking time.

Do not use in microwave oven.

Baking should be completed by an adult.

Wash hands after use.