Stone circles were sacred ancient places. It is believed they were used for ceremonies, worship, astronomy and as burial sites. Make you own stones from clay to discover more about the Neolithic Age.


Skill Level


Time to Make

1.5 hours + drying time for clay and paint

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Place the whole clay block onto a board, or use a piece of thick card to work on.
  2. Work out how many upright stones you need for your circle design and how many horizontal pieces to fit on top. To make an upright stone, cut off a 2.5cm wide piece of clay from the end of the block using an old knife or a plastic scraper. To make a horizontal stone, cut off a thinner 1.5cm piece from the end of the block. To make a smaller single standing stone, cut off a 1.5-2cm piece from the end of the block then trim if down to 5-6cm in length.
  3. Place all the pieces onto a baking tray or board and leave for an hour until the clay is less sticky and easier to work with.
  4. Carefully place a piece of clay between 2 flat pebbles or stones. Press very gently so the stone texture is transferred onto the clay. Handle the clay carefully so the size isn’t distorted. Repeat to make a texture on all the all the clay pieces.
  5. Place the upright stones to dry on their bases, checking they are all the same height. If the sizes need adjusting, carefully press down on the tops so they are level. Place the horizontal stones to dry flat. Leave the clay to dry for 24 hours.
  6. Mix up a mid-grey paint colour then brush is over the stones and leave to dry. Lightly brush pale grey or white paint over the stones to highlight the stone surface texture. Leave to dry.
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Top Tip

Use real stones or pebbles to press a surface texture onto the clay for a realistic stone effect.

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