Play Pizza

This play pizza made from polymer clay, looks so realistic, you will want to eat it!

Just right, for an American Girl doll, but you can make it any size you like.


Age: 12 and up

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 4 out of 5


  • 1/2 pkg. white polymer clay (1 lb. pack)
  • 1/2 small pack of medium brown clay (hazelnut)
  • 1/4 pack red
  • 1/2 pack translucent
  • Clay slicer
  • Small exacto knife
  • Ruler
  • Roller
  • small paint brush
  • Ball end tools
  • Sculpting tools
  • Pastel powders:  yellow, brown, reds
  • Wax paper
  • Toaster oven
  • Small baking tray lined with foil

How to Make a Play Pizza


Condition the white clay.

Roll out onto a piece of wax paper to about 1/8th inch thick.

Use a small exacto knife to cut out a 5 inch circle.


Roll a 1/2 inch over, all the way around the outer edge of the circle.

Use a medium sized ball end tool to push down the inside edge. 


Add a few 1/8th inch thick pieces here and there to the centre.

Use a ball end tool to make some texture in the dough.

Make the indentations so they aren't too rounded. Push the ball end tool into the clay and pull a bit.


Make some salami for on the polymer clay play pizza.

Mix a 3/4 inch ball of hazelnut and a pea sized piece of red clay together. 

Chop up and add a bit of white clay.


Roll into a 1/2 inch snake. 

Divide in half. One half will be for salami, the other for the pepperoni.

Slice off about 10-15 very thin pieces.

Set aside.


Mix a pea sized piece of white with orange and cayenne brown pastel powders.

Add to the other half of the clay.

Mix only partially. This is going to be the pepperoni.

Roll into another 1/2 inch snake.

Slice off one end to flatten.


Roll a pea sized piece of translucent clay into a very skinny snake. (As skinny as you can get it).

Cut into itty, bitty little pieces. Itty, bitty, should be less than a quarter the size of a piece of uncooked rice. We're talking LITTLE.

Spread it out on the work surface a bit, so it isn't all clumped together.


Take the flat, sliced off end of the pepperoni piece and stamp it into the tiny translucent, sliced bits.

Now, slice off a very thin piece from the snake and set aside.

Repeat, stamping it into the translucent pieces, after every slice.

Why not just add the small pieces to the big roll of clay and mix it in? The pieces just end up blending in, too much. Maybe, I just over mix my clay. It was hot that day, so, the colors were probably mixing in a little easier than usual, too. I tried it, didn't like how it looked, so I decided to try something different. 

I prefer the look of stamping those tiny little pieces into the flattened end, every time I slice a piece off. They show up better and it looks more pepperoni like, to me. A bit more time consuming, but I found it kind of fun. It was an amusing procedure. Slice, stamp, slice. Yep, looks like pepperoni to me. Repeat.

You don't actually have to use this much clay....there is going to probably be enough to make a few polymer clay pizzas. Maybe, enough to start your own miniature deli!


Place the salami and pepperoni randomly all over the play pizza.

Push down, to stick them on and use a small ball end tool to curl the edges a bit. A perfectly flattened piece will not look realistic. 

I bet you are getting hungry by now, so it is probably about time to order a real pizza and inspect it, to see how it looks. Wash, before you eat, though! Save one piece for reference, just in case.

Okay, now did you eat too much and you don't even want to look at another pizza, ever again? That would be me. The polymer clay play pizza project, would have to be put away until later!

If you do want to have a break and take a nap, place your project in a ziplock back and put it somewhere, it isn't going to get squashed.

Done with your nap yet?


Mix orange, red, brown, pastel powders together to make the sauce color.

You can make your own powders from pastels by using an exacto knife to scrape the pastel sticks.


Add a bit to the pizza, using a small paint brush.

Now, let's move on to some green pepper slices.


Mix a marble sized piece of string bean green clay with a pea sized piece of Granny Smith green.

Roll out to about an 1/8th inch thick, onto a piece of wax paper.

Mix a bit bigger than marble sized piece of white and a tiny bit of Granny Smith green.

Roll out same thickness as the other green piece.

Stack two pieces together.

Cut off 1/8th inch wide slices.


Curl slices into a "C" shape with the lighter green to the inside. Dip in the top centre almost like a heart shape.

Join bottom together, push this up and in too, but a smaller dip.


Use a small sculpting tool to pull the light green inside, more on the top half, to widen it.

Peel carefully off the wax paper and place on the pizza.


For the cheeses: Add some small, very thin bits of white clay to a few spots. Don't cover up any of the toppings.

Roll out some translucent clay, very thin.

Rip, jagged, 1 inch pieces off.

Place on the play pizza, only partially covering the toppings.

Crumple the pieces a bit, to shape.


Use pastel powders in dark yellow and brown to add color to the crust and bottom of the polymer clay pizza.

Add a bit to the cheese topping.


Cut a triangle shape from one side, using a small exacto knife or cut the entire play pizza into slices with the clay slicer.

This one slice is quite big for doll size. It should be half the width. I must have been hungry or something!

With multiple slices, the American girl doll can have a pizza party and share with all her friends.

Put on a small baking tray and place in a preheated toaster oven.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes. Check the baking instructions, for the clay you are using and adjust accordingly.

Be careful not to over bake. No one likes burnt pizza!

Now, it's all done and ready to be served!

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