Summer Art Project Review

Summer is fantastic for exploring fresh and exciting projects, especially ones that are a bit messy and require a little extra guidance.  So a great way to beat the heat, and avoid summertime boredom, is by trying something new such as Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit designed by ACTÍVA Products.          

3605 - Rigid Wrap Starter Kit 3605_zpscb1vcfltProviding children the opportunity to explore all types of materials when creating art projects is extremely beneficial.  They will realize fairly quickly that no two projects can ever be created the same, nor should they be.  Each clay project will be as unique as each child who is the one behind the creating, sculpting, painting and designing.  

My children realized quite quickly that this clay project was going to need an apron, art clothes and LOTS of paper towels.  Messy is an understatement when working with this rigid wrap and celluclay, BUT this is what summer is all about, getting messy and having a blast doing so!

My 7-year-old with much enthusiasm choose to make and create the butterfly, a beginner project.  With a free downloadable e-book, ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS, we were able to follow the instructions provided by Activa, and complete her project within a few days.  I had her choose a beginner project since this was our first time working with this type of material and I wanted her to be successful.  There were very few supplies needed outside of the kit, which contains two packages of Rigid Wrap and one package of CelluClay, other than some cardboard to trace the butterfly onto and acrylic paint.

Project #1 Butterfly Step-by-Step 

  • Print the Butterfly Worksheet
  • Cut Out the Paper Butterfly
  • Trace the Butterfly Onto the Cardboard
  • Cut Out the Cardboard Butterfly
  • Place Pre-Cut 1 inch Rigid Wrap Over the Cardboard to Completely Cover it
  • Let Dry For a Few Hours or Days
  • Place a Second Layer of Pre-Cut 1 inch Rigid Wrap Over the First and Smooth
  • Let Dry For a Few Hours or Days
  • Add Additional Pre-Cut Rigid Wrap to Form the Body
  • Let Dry For a Few Hours or Days
  • Begin the Painting Process and Designing

Just watching her design and complete the butterfly was so enjoyable!  Knowing she was working with her inner creativity made all the difference to see beyond the mess.    


So How Does Rigid Wrap Feel?  It slightly feels as if you are working with a mesh or a plaster material, until you dip it in warm water and start smoothing it out.  My daughter even asked if this was the material casts were made out of.  So clever I thought!

~One can have no objections to having their hands covered in a little mess, or being able to manipulate the Rigid Wrap, which can be a little tricky for younger children.  

Project #2 Creating a Bowl

  • Gather a Bowl of Choice (We Used a Styrofoam Bowl)
  • Cover the Entire Bowl with Pre-Cut 1 inch Rigid Wrap
  • Let Dry For a Few Hours or Days
  • Mix a Little CelluClay With Just Enough Water to Create a Consistency
  • Using Fingers Apply CelluClay Over Rigid Wrap on Bowl
  • Let Dry For a Few Hours or Days
  • Design and Paint Bowl  



So How Does CelluClay Feel?  It feels wet and sticky just like any clay material.  My kids had an easier time working with the CelluClay, as they were just using their fingers to smooth the clay over the rigid wrap already on the bowl. 

~CelluClay is not only great for art projects, but can also be used for science projects too! 

My Customer Service Encounter– I did have to call the toll free Activa number to clarify the amount of CelluClay to water ratio, because I was a little apprehensive to use too little or too much.  The person I spoke with was quite helpful in explaining to use a portion of the clay material and just enough water to provide a consistency when stiring it.  Kudos to Activa for the customer service they provided that day!  


Some Other Possible Projects To Try, but Not Limited To:

  • Cave
  • Volcano
  • Sarcophagus
  • Earth’s Core
  • Beads
  • Mardi Gras Mask
  • Totem Pole
  • Spider Fun Bag
  • Peppermint Candy Bowl
  • Pumpkin
  • Happy Mummy
  • Star, Snowman Ornament


~Upper elementary children thru high school will have very little trouble working with either the Rigid Wrap or CelluClay.  Children who are younger than 10-years-old will definately need adult supervision regarding the instructions, and learning how to work with the sculpting materials.  


Self-expression through art is the best way to help children understand and explore their own inner creativity.  Engaging children in summer with messy art projects when their minds are already open to endless possibilities makes for successful fun.  Our family had a fabulous time reviewing Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit, and we look forward to using these materials with some of our future science projects.

Happy Sculpting,




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One thought on “Summer Art Project Review

  1. ACTÍVA Products says:

    Hi, Pam! Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you and your children had a great time with our Rigid Wrap and CelluClay. Also, we will pass your nice note about customer service along to our team. Thanks again!


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