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Clay Wishbone DIY

by Kathleen Ballos

Growing up, whenever there was a wishbone around my siblings and I always bickered over whose turn it was to break it and make a wish. If only we had made these clay wishbones back then! Simply sculpt air dry clay into wishbone shapes and you’ve got handfuls of potential wishes! A playful treat for after dinner, wouldn’t they be a fun way to decorate your table this autumn?

Clay Wishbone DIY | Oh Happy Day!Clay Wishbone DIY | Oh Happy Day!Clay Wishbone DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Click through for instructions…

Materials: Air dry clay, wax paper, paint, paintbrush, scissors, card stock, pen

Step 1: Grab a small piece of air dry clay. Using your hands start working the clay into a snake.
Step 2: Gently roll the clay snake on the wax paper to make it thinner.
Step 3: Don’t worry if it seems too long – you can pinch off the excess later and use it for the next wishbone.
Step 4: Gently form the snake into a U shape. Smooth any small cracks with your fingers, using a tiny amount of water if necessary.
Step 5: Pinch the base of the U together and flatten. Make sure both sides of the U are equal length and lightly pinch these ends as well, flattening them slightly.
Step 6: Carefully lift the end of the wishbone and rest it on a pen to create the curve. Let dry on wax paper.
Step 7: Repeat! It doesn’t hurt to make a few extra just in case any break in the process.
Step 8: Once completely dry, paint the wishbones.
Step 9: Let dry.
Step 10: Cut a narrow, wavy strip of card stock.
Step 11: Write names for the place settings and trim the card stock accordingly.Clay Wishbone DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Clay Wishbone DIY | Oh Happy Day!Clay Wishbone DIY | Oh Happy Day!

  1. molly ruth

    September 24, 2013

    love this idea! such a creative, thoughtful and engaging party idea!

  2. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    September 24, 2013

    These would be perfect for Thanksgiving. There is never enough wish bones to go around.

  3. maggie

    September 24, 2013

    That’s what I thought, Lisette! Wishbones remind me so much of Thanksgiving.

  4. Jesse

    September 24, 2013

  5. juni

    September 24, 2013

    so cute!! I love wishbones, love how you placed them with the napkins.

  6. Alli

    September 24, 2013

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Can’t wait to do this for Thanksgiving!!

  7. Quyen

    September 24, 2013

    I love this idea. Great for kids!


    September 24, 2013

    so beautiful and really cool clay wishbone!! I love your DIY, they are very originals and funs

  9. Kate

    September 24, 2013


  10. cristinfrank@livingsimple

    September 24, 2013

    This is such an adorable idea especially because unique Thanksgiving crafts are hard to come by.

  11. Rachel

    September 24, 2013

    Cute idea! Setting the place cards was always a big deal when I was a kid; this year I’m campaigning to bring the tradition back.

  12. YoungMild&Free

    September 24, 2013

    I saw this on Facebook today, and I couldn’t wait to read about it! Such a cute idea!


  13. Mel

    September 24, 2013

    awesome idea! so many things you can do with clay!

  14. meg

    September 25, 2013

    I can totally relate to wanting to the one to break the wishbone. 😉

  15. April

    September 25, 2013

    Loving this. This could make a cool garland for the Thanksgiving table too. Love it.

  16. lynn

    September 25, 2013

    This is a fantastic craft for thanksgiving – equal to the christmas crackers.

  17. lyndsay // coco cake land

    September 25, 2013

    ohmigosh that wishbone breaking gif is KILLIN’ me! nice job kathleen! cute post!

  18. VICKY Primus

    September 26, 2013

    Lovely looking and easy to make (we hope) and as you previous posts have said a really easy way to create a unique gift. We dont have Thanksgiving here in the UK so we will wait until Xmas dinner to hand them out

  19. Maria G.

    September 26, 2013

    Yeah, I like wish bones of this kind very much…Lovely color, excellent tips what else do I need to start making them? How well you managed to find the right color, it looks so bright but calm at the same time.

    Hey, let’s make wishbones not only for Thanksgiving :) How do you like the idea?

  20. Rhonda Jenkins

    September 26, 2013

    So adorable! What a great idea for a Thanksgiving meal!! Fun for all of your guests!!


  21. Kate

    September 26, 2013

    I need these. Now. And my name is Kate so I feel like I am already on my way to the party!


  22. Riaharaj

    September 27, 2013

    Lovely and a very creative work there…

  23. Banner Printers Glasgow

    September 27, 2013

    You are a Fabulous, great! Those pictures took my breath away!!!! Thanks for sharing your photos.

  24. Paulette Leto

    September 30, 2013

    That’s very clever! I’m not sure you would get real wishes from that ;-), but it’s quite cute nonetheless. What a neat idea!

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