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DIY Clay Ornaments | How to Make Clay Christmas Ornaments

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These DIY clay ornaments are SO PRETTY! Use air dry clay to make these simple, but beautiful, clay Christmas ornaments. They’re so easy to make, using cookie cutters and stamps.

Hang these clay ornaments on the Christmas tree, or use them as gift toppers! These festive ornaments also make a lovely homemade gift for the holidays!

DIY clay ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree

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DIY Clay Ornaments

These DIY clay ornaments are SO EASY to make and they look great hanging on the Christmas tree. Such a fun winter craft for both kids and adults!

Author: Debbie Chapman

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Step 1: Find what you need

Step 2: Roll out the clay

  • Place the ball of clay between two pieces of plastic wrap. This will stop the clay from sticking to your rolling pin and work surface.
  • Roll the clay, going back and forth until the clay is just under 1/4 inch thick.

Step 3: Make the clay ornaments

Step 4: Add an ornament hanger

Helpful Tips:

  1. Don’t have a straw? You can also make a hole for the ornament hanger with the end of a lollipop stick or a paintbrush.
  2. You can also make a glittery clay ornament! Allow the clay to dry and brush on a coat of Mod Podge. Then sprinkle a layer of glitter on the ornament and shake off the extra.

Clay Christmas ornaments made with cookie cutters and stamps

What type of clay is used to make these clay ornaments?

We used DAS modeling clay, a type of air dry clay, to make our clay ornaments. The clay starts off a grey colour, but dries a nice, crisp white.

You can also use a different brand of air dry clay, make your own clay, or even use an oven bake clay. Salt dough would also work well to make these ornaments.

What size cookie cutters are used to make clay ornaments?

Our star and ornament cookie cutters are 3 inches in size, while the Christmas tree is 3-1/2 inches tall. We also made smaller snowflake ornaments that are 2-1/2 inches across.

Homemade Christmas ornaments made with air dry clay

How long will air dry clay ornaments last?

As long as they’re stored properly, these clay Christmas ornaments should last for years (or even decades) to come. Wrap the ornaments in tissue paper or bubble wrap, and store them in a cool, low humidity environment.

Do I need to seal my clay ornament?

You don’t have to seal your clay ornaments (we liked the matte finish), but you can definitely give your ornaments a shiny glazed look if you’d like. Use a sponge brush to add a coat of glossy Mod Podge, or spray them with acrylic sealer.

This will give the air dry clay ornaments a shiny glossy look, and also seal them. Sealing the clay protects the ornaments from moisture in the air and makes them last even longer, but it’s an optional step.

If you paint your ornaments, however, it is recommended to seal them. This will prevent the paint from chipping.

Snowflake shaped clay ornament in front of the Christmas tree

How else can I add texture to my clay ornaments?

We love how easy the cookie stamps are to use, and they look great! You could also use letter stamps to spell out names or holiday themed messages.

If you don’t want to buy special stamps to make your DIY ornaments, there are a lot of other ways to add texture to the clay. Try using:

  • Lace ribbon or doily
  • Textured fabric, such as burlap
  • Textured scrapbook paper or corrugated cardboard
  • Pine needles or other greenery
  • Wooden skewer, to make indents with the side or tip
  • Embossed rolling pin

DIY clay Christmas ornaments

These clay ornaments are so fun to make, and the stamp makes them look so delicate and beautiful! We love the minimalist white look of the unfinished clay, but you can also add a touch of colour with acrylic paint, paint pens, or glitter.

Homemade clay ornaments

Here’s even more clay craft ideas:

DIY Clay House

Candle house holder

Clay Christmas Tree

Christmas tree luminaries made with air dry clay

Dried Flower Ornaments

Pressed flower ornaments

Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!

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