I really enjoyed making these holiday ornaments from air dry clay: hang them in the tree for a stylish minimalist look, stack a few together to make a nice homemade gift, or use them individually as gift tags. Whatever your choice, I’m sure they will look delightful! And here’s the thing: you don’t need a lot of skill to make them. No advanced modeling, just rolling and cutting, like you would cookies. Actually, go ahead and use your Christmas cookie cutters to make these look even more festive. Let’s get started.
What you need:
- air dry clay
- things to cut shapes with (cookie cutters, cups, lids), including one small round one (mine was a bottle stopper)
- gold paint
- gold string
- knife (optional) for decorating
Roll a sheet of clay, 4-5 mm thick. Use various cutters to make shapes – you can even combine them to get irregular shapes. With the small circular shape, make a hole in each future ornament, towards the upper side. This is where you will hang them.
Carefully remove the clay shapes from the sheet and place them on a clean surface. Using a (plastic) knife, make lines here and there, in a random fashion. Let dry for 24 hours.
When the clay is dry, use sandpaper to smooth out the sides and corners as you wish. This is a dusty procedure.
Next, you can start painting. I made lines on some of the ornaments, or just filled in some spaces. Let dry.
Finally, thread each ornament and hang it in the tree or around the house.