Alphabet Frieze

For a special classroom feature, try making his alphabet frieze with wooden letters and 3D Fimo polymer clay shapes. The finished frieze makes a colourful wall display and is a useful visual tool for literacy activities. Before you start, plan the alphabet with children in the group. Decide which colours to use for the letters and backgrounds and how to make the corresponding models.

Skill Level

Beginner / KS1. Adult supervision needed.

Time to Make

30-45 minutes per picture + drying time for paint + glue plus baking time + cooling for Fimo

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. To make one alphabet square, start by painting a wooden letter in a plain colour then leave it to dry.
  2. Make your Fimo models on a glazed tile or on a piece of baking parchment. This way the pieces can easily be transferred onto a baking tray without lifting up the clay. Use a modelling tool to cut off 2 strips from a block of Fimo Kids clay to make a basic shape for a model. Smooth the Fimo with your fingers or use a modelling tool to help shape it.
  3. Add more Fimo details in other colours to finish the model. Keep your fingers clean with wet wipes. The overall size should be about 4cm x 4cm. Make it as a raised relief with a flat back, rather than a fully 3D model so it won’t be too heavy.
  4. Bake Fimo at 100C for 30 minutes in in a preheated oven, following instructions on the packet. Leave Fimo to cool before handling.
  5. To decorate the alphabet letter, add some simple patterns or details using a small paintbrush or Deco Pens. Leave to dry.
  6. For the backgrounds, stick a 14cm x 14cm square of plain coloured card onto a 16cm x16cm square of Rainbow Card. Use a glue stick or double-sided tape so the card doesn’t crinkle.
  7. Spread strong glue over the back of the alphabet letter and Fimo model. Allow the glue to dry for a minute or so, then stick the letter into the middle of the background, with the FImo model positioned on top.
  8. Leave to dry thoroughly before fixing the completed frieze onto the wall with strong self-adhesive sticky pads or use pins to attach the squares onto a pinboard.

Top Tip

Fimo Kids Clay is very soft and is an ideal material for younger children to work with. Different Fimo colours can be kneaded together to make variations like lighter pastel shades and other blended colours.

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