Let’s do a fun project! These homemade clay Christmas ornaments are simple and festive!
I put up a second Christmas tree this year and ran out of ornaments to put on it! Not wanting to go spend money on more ornaments, I decided to make some. These handmade ornaments were inspired by a picture that I saw online. I loved the raw texture of the clay and the fact that you could press any type of Christmas-y design into it. The finished product was exactly what I had in my head the whole time and I just love how simple they are. Follow along today as I show you how to make these homemade clay Christmas ornaments!
This post is extra special because I’m doing it in collaboration with my friend Meagan from the blog Decorative Inspirations. I will link her post at the bottom so be sure to go check out her blog! The ornaments that she made are so creative!
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- white oven bake clay
- small Christmas stamps (these are the ones I used from Michaels)
- a ruler
- rolling pin
- parchment paper
- a baking sheet
- a circle cutter
- a skewer
- an oven
- oven mitt and hot pad
- tin foil
Creating The Ornaments
*Before you start the steps below, pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees or whatever your clay package says. Then, line a baking sheet with one sheet of parchment paper and set aside.*
- Pull off a medium sized chunk of clay.
Roll it around in your hands for a few minutes to get it warm. The clay is easier and a little more flexible to work with if it is slightly warm.
- Roll out that piece of clay using a rolling pin.
Tip: The clay might start sticking to the counter after a little while like mine did. To help with this, you can tape a large piece of tin foil to your counter and roll out the clay on that.
Roll it out to about 1/4 inch thickness or what the clay package directions say. Tip: Be sure to have a large enough surface area on the clay so that you can press the circle cutter without going off the edges.
- Press the circle cutter into the clay.
I used a drinking glass to make my circles. The circumference of the circle was the exact size I was going for. You could use a cookie cutter, a biscuit cutter, a small Pyrex glass bowl, etc…Find something you already have that works and use it! Apply a bit of pressure to make sure you get a clean cut.
- Then, pick a stamp and press it firmly into the clay.
I chose to place my stamp right in the middle of the circle. Tip: Press firmly but not too hard so that you don’t get too much of the square edge from the stamp.
Your ornament will look something like this after you stamp it.
- Poke a small hole near the top.
This is for the ribbon to go through. I used a wooden skewer to do this part but you could also use a straw or the tip of a pencil.
- Place the ornament on the prepared baking tray.
Repeat the steps above until you have a full baking tray. I got 14 ornaments out of the one pack of clay so I baked 7 at a time. Place in the oven and bake for roughly 13 minutes. Bake times will vary depending on your oven.
- Place them on foil to cool.
Let the ornaments cool for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, you can cut the ribbon into roughly 5 inch strips.
- String the ribbon through the hole.
Insert one end of the ribbon through the hole, pull, and knot at the top!
You have a finished ornament! Continue stringing ribbon onto each ornament. You can even use more than one kind of ribbon to vary the patterns across your Christmas tree.
- Hang the ornaments on your Christmas tree!
Look how pretty these clay ornaments look on the tree! You could also use these as gift tags or gift toppers on presents.
I’m so pleased with how these homemade clay Christmas ornaments turned out! The rawness of the clay pairs so nicely with the textures of the Christmas tree. The white color of the clay really makes them stand out against the green as well. I hope this project inspires you to create some homemade ornaments for your tree this season. They are unique and special and can be used year after year.
Let me know in the comments below if you have ever made homemade ornaments before!
Be sure to go say hello to my friend Meagan over at Decorative Inspirations! She created vintage bottle ornaments that you can easily make and add to your tree. It was so fun collaborating with her to bring you two projects in one!
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