Easy Clay Christmas Ornaments

I’m back with another easy Christmas ornament idea that you can customize to suit your own decor style, Easy Clay Christmas Ornaments.  These ornaments are made with clay, cookie cutters, and stamps.

I love how these look on our porch tree combined with the Easy Pine Cone Ornaments that I shared earlier this week.  For the cost of a package of clay and twine for hangers, I filled our porch tree with handmade ornaments.

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Easy Clay Ornaments

Let’s start by seeing a few of the ornaments that I made.  I used my favorite cookie cutters and then decorated the ornaments with either stamps made for paper or my metal stamp kit from Harbor Freight.

I didn’t make all of Santa’s reindeer but I did make Vixon and Rudolph.

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I did holly leaves.

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And Christmas trees…

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Looking at the entire tree you can also see candy canes, stockings, stars, bells, and gingerbread men.

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Making these ornaments was fun and easy.  This is a craft that kids would love to help make.

How to Make Easy Clay Ornaments

Supplies:

Sculpey Polymer Clay – This clay is very easy to work with and stays soft until you bake it.

Cookie Cutters

Paper Stamps – Mine are old sets that I’ve had for years.

Metal Stamping Set – Mine is from Harbor Freight (similar one here).  This one is very similar to mine and reasonably priced.

Rolling Pin

Rolling Pin Dough Thickness Guides – This set is similar to mine.

Rolling Mat

Baker’s Twine – Mine is from King Arthur Flour but this is very similar and less expensive.

Toothpick

Wood Skewer

Scissors

Supplies to Make Easy Clay Christmas Ornaments

 

I love cookie cutters and have collected them since my college days.  I selected these from my collection to use for the clay ornaments.

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Roll the Clay

I decided that I wanted to roll the clay to 1/8” thick with a rolling pin and used dough guides to help.  Yellow is 1/8” thick, so I put a yellow guide on each end of my rolling pin.

Dough Guides to Use with a Rolling Pin

 

Dough guides are helpful when making rolled cookies or pie crust.

Dough Thickness Guides for a Rolling Pin

 

Break off a small amount of clay and work it with your hands to warm and soften it.  Do this before you try to roll it out with your rolling pin.

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Cut Out Ornaments Using Cookie Cutters

Roll the dough out and then cut shapes with cookie cutters, just like if you are making cookies.

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Decorate the cookies with stamps.  I used stamps made for stamping paper and also a metal stamping kit.

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Use a wood skewer to make a hole in the top of each ornament for a hanger.

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Place the ornaments on parchment lined baking sheets as you make them.  Bake according to the directions on the Sculpey package and allow to cool.

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Add the Hanger

Make a hanger for each ornament with a piece of baker’s twine.

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Use a toothpick to push the twine through the hole.

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Tie the twine in a knot and trim with scissors.

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Hang on the Tree and Enjoy!

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I love how these ornaments look on our tree.

Christmas Tree Decorated with Handmade Ornaments

 

If you like this project, please pin it for others to discover!

Don't Forget to Pin It!

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I’ll be back next week to share the Christmas decor in our family room.

Comments

  1. They are lovely, I have a little air dry clay left over from another project, these look easy to try and I have loads of cutters too!

  2. I love the reindeer with the names
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