Make Your Own Clay Ornaments

1_clay ornamentsJust in time for the holidays! Kelli Murray shows us how to make your own ornaments and gift tags using oven bake clay!

bakers twine (I love colored bakers twine for this as well!)

-a straw

3_roll clay

Begin by rolling out your clay into a thin, even sheet (about 5/8″ thick).  Using your cookie cutters, cut out shapes in different sizes.  I decided to just use circles but you can use any cookie cutter shape you have in your cupboard!


Next, poke holes in the tops of all your ornaments using a straw.

5_bake clay

Bake according to the directions on the package.  If you are using the original Sculpey oven bake clay, it should be on a glass sheet or dish, baking at 275°F for 15 minutes for every ¼ inch of clay thickness.


After you have baked the clay and let them cool, design to your heart’s content!  I originally thought I would use both black and metallic paint but I ended up loving the simplicity of the black paint alone on the clay.  Some I painted with black acrylic paint, and others that required a finer line I used an extra fine point paint pen.  I then finished the ornaments with bakers twine.

7_detailThe smaller sized ornaments work great as personalized gift tags on a gift box.  And the larger ones are perfect for decorating your Christmas tree! If you want a handmade clay ornament but don’t have the time to make your own, you can buy one and support small business here instead! Kelli also sells her art in her Etsy shop so make sure to take a look at her adorable items and don’t forget that we have a treasure trove of fun holiday DIYs and recipes to gather inspiration from as well.  Thanks so much Kelli!

P.S. Check out more holiday and home decor on our wishlist and shopping pages!

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