This project is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry 2012.
I don’t know what it is, but I always go back to the grade-school crafts. Remember when we were taught to work with clay? And how crazy awesome it was? Over the years, my tastes have changed and I love really clean decorations. As I was making these clay ornaments, I had paint nearby to fill the indentations. But once I stamped them, I thought they were too pretty to add any color to. That’s what the twine is for! Instead of painting with color, I swept a little silver glitter paint over the surface. It adds a hint of shimmer that I think is just lovely.
To make your own clay ornaments you’ll need:
- air dry clay
- rolling pin
- wax paper
- cookie cutters & alphabet stamps
- drinking straw
- baker’s twine
- glitter paint (optional)
Take a large piece of the wet clay and roll it out to 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick on a sheet of wax paper. Use your cookie cutters to cut out various shapes. Place those shapes on a separate sheet of wax paper to dry. Stamp the front of each ornament with a letter stamp. Use the drinking straw to punch out a small hole at the top middle of each ornament. If desired, paint a thin layer of glitter paint on the surface of each.
These ornaments take about 10-15 minutes to make and 2-3 days to dry. Mine were dry after 1, but I left them for 2 (just to be safe). The clay is dark when it is wet and malleable, but it dries to a very pretty white. Once each ornament is dry, thread a piece of baker’s twine through the hole and tie it in a bow. Hang them on your tree or attach them to gifts. These ornaments can do it all… Except maybe drive a car.
It’s fun to stamp out a person’s name or some cute holiday phrases. Go crazy with it, people!
In other news, we’re attending a fancy holiday party tomorrow. I get to dress up all nice and everything. Guys, this is a big deal. I only ever eat at McDonald’s so this is a BIG DEAL. If you could please do me a favor and check out some of my most recent instagram photos. I’m making a few pieces of my outfit myself and need some opinions!!!! Ack! I mean, this is important stuff…