Looking for a relaxing creative activity for the weekend for kids or adults? This adorable clay craft making a vegetable craft that looks a lot like Veggie Tales characters is the one for you! It’s a great craft for beginners.
Included are tutorials for veggies that are simple , fun to make ideas and use just one piece of clay and also slightly more complicated projects. In other words, there’s something for every beginner skill level.
What is it about making a clay project small and adding a face that makes it so much more fun? I may never know the answer, but what I do know is that this polymer clay idea is perfect for beginners.
Working with clay is fun for adults and clay projects for kids can have many benefits.
Every single time I look at these cute vegetable crafts, I see Veggie Tales characters. If you’re not familiar with Veggie Tales, it is a series of videos, movies and books for children. They are funny and engaging. My children are in their teens and 20’s and we’re all five still great fans of Veggie Tales. I’ll share the characters and how these veggies can be made as Bob, Larry, Junior and other Veggie Tales characters.
What can you make out of clay for beginners?
DIY clay crafts are a fun, low-cost and easy craft for anyone.
Clay crafts for kids are a great way to build fine motor skills and spark their creative skills. And it can be a fun way to spend time together with your child learning how to make your own creations.
Older children and adults will enjoy using polymer clay because of it’s texture and because it can be made durable by simply baking in the oven. It is also a simple, relaxing craft to engage creativity for adults.
Clay vegetables – You can make them tiny with or without faces like the ones in these tutorials.
- You can also make larger clay vegetables or clay fruit to use as decorations.
- You could include handmade clay fruits or vegetables to include with a gift basket for a gardener.
Clay Plants – You can also make tiny or life-sized versions.
- They would be a great solution for an office or home where you can’t have a real plant.
- If you have difficulty keeping a plant alive, a clay plant might be a good solution for you.
- A handcrafted clay plant would also be a wonderful addition as a gift for a houseplant fan.
Clay Flowers are always a favorite choice – You can make realistic or fanciful flowers. This clay craft idea allows you to really explore your creativity.
Clay Food – This is a fun choice to make tiny options. You can even add faces using the technique in this veggie craft.
- You can make food for children’s play with a kitchen set.
- You can make larger clay food, such as fruit or vegetables, to display as décor.
Clay Beads – Making beads can be fun because of all the things you can then make beautiful projects with the beads.
- Clay earrings
Trinket or organizing dishes – Remember the pinch pots and coil pots from your childhood? There’s a reason they were so popular – because they’re so fun and super easy to make! You can make clay bowls to organize items such as jewelry, office supplies, small art supplies, etc.
Cute Clay Ideas
The clay tutorial shared below shares easy cute clay ideas and projects that are fun for both adults and children.
Cute clay animals – Choose your favorite animal and make a cute version. This allows you more freedom since it doesn’t have to have realistic proportions.
- Check these kawaii animals for inspiration.
- Popular clay animal ideas are:
Cute insects – Creating cute, not realistic, insects removes the stress of biological accuracy and allows you to be creative. Use these cute insect images to spark your imagination.
- Snail (not technically an insect)
Cute Clay Food – This is a fun choice to make tiny options. You can even add faces using the technique in this veggie tutorial.
- Cute food crafts have been popularized as part of the kawaii, which means cute in Japanese, influence.
- You can explore kawaii food ideas and then use that for creating inspiration. Kawaii food is food with faces and created to be cute.
Easy Clay Craft
This tutorial is to make miniature clay craft vegetables, but you can vary the size of your creation and make them any size you’d like. Simply adjust the proportions to the size you’d like, The steps of the tutorials and supplies will remain the same.
Supplies for this Cute Clay Craft
It may make sense for you to purchase a clay craft kit that contains both clay and a variety of clay tools. Purchasing a kit may be the best choice if you’re planning on doing more clay crafting in addition to this fun project.
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- Permanent Marker
- White Paint Pen or acrylic paint
- Decoupage Glue
- Paint Brush
If you’d like to make this project but are concerned about the safety of polymer clay you should do your research for updated information. Some feel that there are concerns and others feel that it is safe. There are other clay options you can consider depending on your purpose.
- Air-dry clay – Air dry clay can be a great product for children and for adults who want to enjoy the creative process more than create a professional-level product. You can make many of these as air dry clay projects. You just may not be able to make them as small as in these tutorials.
- Modeling clay – There are many different types of modeling clay at many different price points.
- Play dough – Children’s play dough can be the right choice for you if the creative process and fine motor skill activity is your main goal.
How to Make these Polymer Clay Ideas and Projects
You can choose to use any type of clay you’d like. Easy Sculpey clay ideas are popular on Pinterest. Sculpey is simply a popular polymer clay brand choice, so the supplies you purchase for this fun project can also be used in most Sculpey tutorials.
General Tutorial Steps for all these Veggie Clay Crafts
- Pull a piece of clay from the clay block for each of the colors you will need.
- Work the clay into a malleable ball.
- Using the specific steps below, form the clay vegetable you’ve chosen.
- Use the stylus to press dents for the eyes into the clay. Use the images as a guideline.
- Form small black clay balls for the eyes. Play around until you find the size that fits with the size of your vegetable and your preference.
- Place the clay vegetables and eyeballs on the parchment paper on the baking sheet.
- If you’re making multiple clay veggies in one sitting, make them all and then bake them all together.
- Bake the clay craft items following the directions on the package of clay.
- Cool according to the directions.
- Using the permanent marker, draw a smile on the vegetable. Use the images as a guideline.
- Glue the small black eyeballs onto each vegetable in the indentations you made.
- Use the paint pen to add a white dot on each eyeball. This creates the pupil of the eye.
- Cover in decoupage glue (optional). Many crafters prefer to seal their clay projects, but it is not necessary. It does give your project a shiny appearance. It can also make it easier to clean your clay piece.
Tutorial to Make Clay Broccoli
- Make a 3/4 inch (2 cm) green ball and then form it into a cylinder.
- Make 10 balls from darker green clay. The balls should be 1/4 to 1/2 inches (1/2 to 1 cm) in diameter.
- Press the darker green balls into the top of the cylinder.
- Use the stylus to make the eye indentations.
Make a Cute Little Clay Carrot
- Create a 3/4 inch (2 cm) ball from orange clay and then form it into a carrot shaped cylinder.
- Use green clay to make three 1/4 to 1/2 inches (1/2 to 1 cm) teardrop shaped balls. Flatten the balls into leaf shapes.
- Attach the 3 leaves to the top of the carrot.
- Make the eye indentations.
A Fun and Easy Corn Clay Figure
- Use yellow clay to create a 3/4 inch (2 cm) ball and then into a corn shaped cylinder.
- Create a 1/4 inch ball of yellow clay. Roll the ball into a thin rope.
- Wrap the clay rope around the corn cylinder. Use a clay tool or toothpick to create the kernels by marking lines along the rope.
- Make two 1/2 inch (1 cm) balls from green clay. Shape the balls into teardrop leaf shapes approximately 1 – 1 1/4 inches long (3 cm). Press the corn husk leaves around the corn.
- Add eye indentations with a stylus.
Easiest Clay Cucumber
- With green clay make a 3/4 inch diameter (2 cm) ball.
- Form the ball into a cucumber shape approximately 1 – 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) long.
- Make dents for eyes.
Green Pepper Project
- Use dark green clay to make a 3/4 inch (1 1/2 cm) ball. Mold it into a pepper shape.
- Use the stylus tool, a craft stick or side of a fork to press the indentations into 4 sides of the pepper.
- To make the stem – make a ball from dark green clay 1/8 inch (1/4 cm) in diameter. Shape into a step shape and attach it to the top of the pepper.
- Make two eyeball indentations.
Clay Peas in a Pod
- Make two 1/2 to 1 inch (1 cm) balls from dark green clay. Press each ball into a 2 inch (5 cm) long teardrop shape.
- With green clay, make 5 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) balls.
- Line the peas up and press the pea pod “leaves” around them to create the pea pod.
- Create eye indents in each of the five peas.
Clay Pumpkin Figurine
- Make a 3/4 inch (2 cm) ball from orange clay. Press the top and bottom slightly to create a pumpkin shape that is about 1/2 inch (1 cm) tall and about 3/4 inch (2 cm) wide.
- Use the clay tool to score and create the pumpkin ribs. Five to six score line usually work well.
- Make two 1/8 inch (1/4 cm) green balls. Roll one of the balls into a thin rope.
- Attach the rope to the top of the pumpkin and curl to make the vine. Add the other ball on top to create the stem of the pumpkin.
- Add eye indentations.
Red Pepper or Hot Pepper
- With red clay, make a 1/2 inch (1 1/2 cm) ball. Shape the ball into a long chili pepper shape about 3/4 inch (2 cm) long.
- Make a 1/8 inch (1/4 cm) ball from green clay. Shape it into a stem shape and attach it to the top of the red pepper.
- Make two indentations for eyes with the stylus.
Clay Tomato Figure
- Make a 1/2 inch (1 1/2 cm) ball with red clay. Press slightly on the top and bottom of the ball to form a tomato shape.
- With dark green clay, make a 1/8 inch (1/4 cm) ball. Shape the ball into a teardrop leaf shape and attach to the top of the tomato.
- Use the stylus to create two eye indents.
Once you’ve tried your hand at making these nine different easy clay vegetables, you’ve learned skills to combine with your own creative process to continue crafting with clay and making other projects.
Veggie Tales Craft
Are you familiar with Veggie Tales Bob and Larry?
If you’re a fan of Veggie Tales (as kids of all ages are!), you can adapt these clay craft tutorials to represent many of the your favorite characters. They can be used for imaginative play and as decorations (in addition to being a super fun clay craft for kids).
Many of the favorite Veggie Tales characters resemble the vegetables in this clay craft tutorial. It’ll be for for kids to make:
- Bob the Tomato
- Larry the Cucumber
- Junior Asparagus (the broccoli can be made to look more like an asparagus).
Kids will have fun making these additional characters:
- Archibald Asparagus from Where’s God When I’m S-Scared?
- Laura Carrot from Are You My Neighbor?
- Scooter, a carrot in Are You My Neighbor?
- The French Peas – Peas from Dave and the Giant Pickle and Esther…The Girl Who Became Queen
- The Peas – Percy Pea and Lil’ Pea from The Toy that Saved Christmas
- Shux – Corn rock band from Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple
- Cornelius – a corn character from Veggie Tales in the House
- Jack – a pumpkin in Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed
- Pepe – a red pepper in Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed
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Be sure to pin this adorable clay craft for your next crafting session for yourself or to make with your kids.
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