7 Days of Frugal & Easy Christmas Decorations. Christmas Décor that you can make from materials that you probably already have in your home.
Today I will show you how you can use clay to make ornaments for your tree. If you have kids, the chances are that you already have clay in your home, as I did.
Clay Christmas Ornaments
I had some left-over air-dry clay from a project I did with my kids and decided for a quick project to make clay Christmas ornaments. I did not want anything fancy and opted for simple round objects – to look like medallions in the end. But you can choose your own style and shape.
Roll the clay out to the thickness you desire. I wanted the clay to dry fast, and as it was air-dry clay, I rolled it our thin. Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters, or you can even use a glass. Remember to cut out a hole to hang the ornaments; I used a straw. Then bake or let the clay (or salt dough) dry according to instructions.
I let the clay Christmas ornaments dry for a couple of days before spray painting them in a Metallic bronze colour. You can paint them by hand as well, or leave them plain. Then you can tie some ribbon to the ornaments and hang them on the tree.
My ornaments did warp a bit because they are so thin, but I love it. And with the metallic finish, they really look like medallions.
Other options for Clay Christmas Ornaments
- You can use different shapes for your ornaments. Try stars or flowers.
- Paint them by hand with a pattern instead of one solid colour. How about a blue and white porcelain look? Or a more traditional red and white.
- Make larger round ornaments and add your kids’ handprints. Make one every year to use on their tree. As I am a working mom, my kids have been in a school since they were five months old. The school gives us a clay handprint Christmas ornament every year. My oldest has since left that specific school, but I’m continuing the tradition and making his ornaments at home. It makes a great keepsake.
- Make 3-dimensional figurines.
- Make candle holders for your Christmas table.
I think they look lovely on the tree and were so easy to make. Do you have any other ideas for clay Christmas ornaments? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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