How to Make A Clay Face

Things You'll Need

  • Clay
  • Garlic press
  • Sculpting knife
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush

Clay sculptures are so fun to make. Your kids will love using their hands and then getting to paint their creation when it's all dry. They have the choice to create a funny face, sad face, clown face or any other type of face they think would be interesting. They can make a boy or girl face, and they can give it short or long hair. There are so many different ways your child can explore with creativity when making a face out of clay.

Get a big clump of plain clay. Begin to mold it into the shape of a head. You want the neck to slope out so that it can be flat on the bottom to support the head when it is left sitting on a table.

Use your knife to cut away parts of the clay until you can see a definite head shape.

Use your excess clay to form ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Then carefully smooth these feature into the face.

Put some clay into your garlic press and squeeze to create clay hair. You can make long strands by using extra clay, or you can keep the head with short hair. Place the hair on the head. Or, if you prefer no hair at all, just smooth out the top of the scalp.

Set your face out to dry. You will know it is ready to paint when it becomes hard and no longer pliable.

Paint your clay face with your paints and a paintbrush. Be creative and paint your face any way you like. Let it dry when you are all done.

Coat your face with a glue and water solution. Use a clean paintbrush to apply this mixture. It may look white as it goes on, but it will dry clear. This will protect your clay face and let you get a lot more use out of it.


  • Lay out some newspaper over your work area to protect the surface of your table.


  • Don't get upset if you mess up a piece of clay. Clay is moldable and you can easy roll it up and start again.