How to Make Beautiful Homemade Clay Ornaments

Last Updated on January 2, 2024 by Gabby Hatten

DIY clay ornaments are a fun and easy way to add a personal touch to your holiday decorations. Whether you’re looking to create a unique gift for someone special or just want to spruce up your own tree, making your own ornaments is a great way to get creative and have some fun. With a few simple materials and a little bit of know-how, you can create beautiful ornaments that are sure to be treasured for years to come.

To get started with DIY clay ornaments, you’ll need to gather your materials. You’ll need some cornstarch and baking soda, as well as some basic tools like cookie cutters, a rolling pin, and a sharp knife. You may also want to have some paint, glitter, or other decorative elements on hand to add extra flair to your ornaments.

Once you have your materials, it’s time to prepare the clay. In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, and 3/4 cup water. For natural coloring, you can use spices of your choice. I used cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger to color mine. It’s super important to stir consistently to avoid clumps, as you can see in the photos posted below. Stir on medium heat until you get a mashed potato consistency, you don’t want to burn it! Let cool in a bowl for at least 30 minutes. Once your clay is ready, you can start creating your ornaments. Use your cookie cutters to cut out shapes, or mold the clay into your own unique designs. Once you have your ornaments shaped the way you want them, it’s time to decorate and finish them off. Add some color with paint, or sprinkle on some glitter for some extra sparkle. Whatever you choose, have fun and get creative!

Key Takeaways

  • DIY clay ornaments are a fun and easy way to add a personal touch to your holiday decorations.
  • To get started, gather your materials and prepare your clay.
  • Once you have your ornaments shaped, decorate and finish them off with paint, glitter, or other decorative elements.

Gathering Your Materials

When it comes to making DIY clay ornaments, the first step is to gather all the necessary materials. Here’s what I usually use:

DIY Clay

Our DIY Air-dry clay is a great material to work with because it doesn’t require a kiln or any special equipment. It’s also easy to shape and dries relatively quickly.

Rolling Pin and Wax Paper

To shape the clay, I use a rolling pin and wax paper. The wax paper prevents the clay from sticking to the rolling pin or counter and makes it easier to cut out shapes.

Cookie Cutters

Cookie cutters are great for creating uniform shapes. If you don’t have any on hand, you can freehand it with a knife.

Acrylic Paint

Once the ornaments are dry, you can paint them with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is easy to work with and comes in a wide range of colors.

I usually buy my materials from craft stores like Michaels or Joanns, but you can also find them online. Some of the links in this article may be affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase through them.

With these materials in hand, you’re ready to start making your own DIY clay ornaments!

Preparing the Clay

As I start making my DIY clay ornaments, the first step is to prepare the clay. This process involves creating a smooth surface, rolling out an inch-thick slab, and cutting out the desired shapes. Here’s how I do it:

Materials Needed

  • Clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper or
  • Wax paper

Steps

  1. Start by kneading the clay to soften it and remove any air pockets. This step is essential to ensure that the clay is workable and pliable.
  2. Once the clay is kneaded, place it on a smooth surface. I prefer to use a large piece of parchment paper to ensure that the clay doesn’t stick to the surface.
  3. Roll out the clay using a rolling pin. Make sure to roll it out evenly to create an inch-thick slab. If the clay is too thin, it may break or crack when you try to cut it out.
  4. Use plastic wrap to cover the clay slab and let it rest for about 30 minutes. This step is crucial as it allows the clay to settle and prevents it from cracking during the cutting process.
  5. After 30 minutes, remove the plastic wrap and use cookie cutters or a knife to cut out the desired shapes. Be gentle while cutting to avoid distorting the shapes.

By following these simple steps, I can easily prepare the clay for my DIY clay ornaments. With a little bit of practice, you can create beautiful and unique ornaments that will add a personal touch to your holiday decor.

Creating Your Ornaments

Making your own DIY clay ornaments is a fun and creative way to add a personal touch to your Christmas tree. Here are some tips on how to create your own handmade clay ornaments:

Choose Your Cookie Cutter Shape

The first step is to choose your cookie cutter shape. You can use any shape you like, but for a festive touch, consider using a star-shaped cookie cutter.

Roll Out Your Clay

Next, roll out your clay to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Make sure to roll it out on a non-stick surface, such as a silicone mat, to prevent it from sticking.

Cut Out Your Ornament

Using your chosen cookie cutter, cut out your ornament shape from the clay. Don’t worry if you have excess clay around the edges of your ornament.

Add Your Design

Now it’s time to add your design. You can use a variety of tools to create a unique design, such as stamps, texture mats, or even your own fingerprints. Get creative!

Make a Hole for the Jump Ring

Before you bake your ornament, make sure to create a hole at the top of the ornament for the jump ring. You can use a toothpick or a skewer to create the hole. Jump rings are optional. you can simply make a hole and use twine.

Bake Your Ornament OPTIONAL

Bake your ornament at 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 to 2 hours. Once it’s done baking, let it cool completely before handling it. You can let air dry for a fades days instead of baking.

Add the Jump Ring

Finally, add the jump ring to the top of the ornament. You can use pliers to open and close the jump ring. Now your DIY clay Christmas ornament is ready to hang on your tree!

With these simple steps, you can create your own beautiful DIY clay ornaments that will add a personal touch to your Christmas tree.

Decorating and Finishing

When it comes to decorating and finishing DIY clay ornaments, there are many options to choose from. One of the easiest ways to add color to your clay creations is by using acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is versatile and comes in a wide range of colors. You can use it to paint your ornaments in one solid color or create intricate designs and patterns.

If you prefer a more minimalist look, you can also use white paint to create a clean, modern finish. White paint can be used to add highlights or create texture on your ornaments. It’s a great option for those who want to add a touch of elegance to their creations.

When it comes to adding fine details to your ornaments, there are many tools that can help you achieve the look you want. Fine-tipped paintbrushes, toothpicks, and even small pieces of wire can be used to create intricate designs and patterns.

Remember, the key to happy crafting is to have fun and experiment with different techniques. Don’t be afraid to try something new and see where your creativity takes you. And when you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful collection of finished pieces that you can display or give as gifts.

Enjoying Your DIY Clay Ornaments

Making your own DIY clay ornaments is a fun and easy way to get creative and add a personal touch to your holiday season. Whether you’re looking for great gift tags or homemade Christmas decorations, DIY clay ornaments are a great choice. Plus, they make excellent handmade gifts that your loved ones will cherish for years to come.

To get started, all you need is some air-dry clay, cookie cutters, and some paint or markers for decorating. You can find air-dry clay at most craft stores or you can make your own from our recipe above. It’s easy to work with and dries quickly, so you can start decorating your ornaments right away.

Once you have your clay, roll it out to your desired thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. You can make traditional Christmas shapes like stars, trees, and snowflakes, or get creative and make your own unique designs.

After you’ve cut out your shapes, use a straw to make a hole at the top of each ornament. This is where you’ll thread your ribbon or string so you can hang your ornaments on the Christmas tree.

Once your ornaments are dry, it’s time to decorate them. You can use paint, markers, or even glitter to add some sparkle and shine to your ornaments. Get creative and have fun with it!

In conclusion, DIY clay ornaments are a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday season. They’re easy to make, fun to decorate, and make great handmade gifts. So grab some clay and get creative!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some tips for making DIY clay ornaments?

Making DIY clay ornaments can be a fun and rewarding activity. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Choose a good quality clay that is easy to mold and shape or make your own.
  • Knead the clay well before starting to work with it.
  • Use cookie cutters or molds to create uniform shapes.
  • Allow the clay to dry completely before painting or decorating.
  • Don’t forget to punch a hole or add a wire loop at the top of the ornament for hanging.

How do you personalize clay ornaments?

Personalizing clay ornaments is a great way to make them unique and special. Here are some ideas:

  • Use letter stamps to add names or messages.
  • Paint the ornament with a loved one’s favorite colors.
  • Add glitter or sequins for a sparkly touch.
  • Use a toothpick or other tool to create designs or patterns on the surface.
  • Attach small charms or beads to the ornament.

What is the difference between salt dough and air dry clay for ornaments?

Salt dough and air dry clay are both popular choices for making ornaments. Salt dough is made from flour, salt, and water, while air dry clay is a type of clay that dries without needing to be fired in a kiln. Here are some differences between the two:

  • Salt dough is easier to make at home, while air dry clay may need to be purchased.
  • Salt dough is more porous and may not last as long as air dry clay.
  • Air dry clay can be painted and decorated more easily than salt dough.

What are some creative ways to decorate handmade clay Christmas ornaments?

Decorating handmade clay Christmas ornaments is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint the ornament with traditional holiday colors like red and green.
  • Add a coat of glitter for some extra sparkle.
  • Use a thin paintbrush to create intricate designs or patterns.
  • Add small details like holly leaves or snowflakes with a toothpick or other tool.
  • Use ribbon or twine to tie a bow or create a loop for hanging.

How thick should the clay be for making ornaments?

The thickness of the clay for making ornaments can vary depending on the desired result. However, as a general rule, the clay should be no thinner than 1/4 inch and no thicker than 1/2 inch. Thicker clay may take longer to dry and may be more difficult to shape.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when making clay ornaments?

While making clay ornaments can be a fun and rewarding activity, there are some common mistakes that can be easily avoided. Here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Don’t overwork the clay, as this can cause it to become too dry or crumbly.
  • Don’t make the ornament too thin or it may crack or break during the drying process.
  • Don’t forget to make a hole or add a wire loop for hanging before the clay dries.
  • Don’t rush the drying process, as this can cause the ornament to warp or crack.

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Gabby Hatten
Gabby Hatten
Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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