This post contains affiliate links. It is that time of the year already when I take part in the amazing Christmas Ornament exchange organised by the lovely Erlene from My Pinterventures. This year I was paired with Amanda from Prim and Propah. Amanda and I both share the love for traditional Christmas decorations and colours blue and white.
I decided to make a simple yet elegant Christmas ornament for Amanda using air dry clay. For this project you will need:-
- Modelling Clay (air dry)
- Stamp set (if adding text)
- Cookie cutters
- twine (ribbon or string)
- decorative rolling pins (optional)
- lace ribbon and embellishments of your choice
- Gather your supplies.
Step 1. Gather your supplies and decide on the design and shape you want to make. I wanted to keep it simple so decided to use just two shapes – a circle and a love heart.
Step. 2 Roll the clay on a flat surface and cut your shapes using a cookie cutter. (You can also use a template which you can print off and then use a sharp Stanley knife or a scalpel to cut it out.)
Step 3. Embellish! This is where you can really express yourself! Embellish as much or as little as you want. It really is that simple! I used a number of different embellishments to press on the soft clay to create imprints. You can use a lace ribbon (like I did)n to create a beautiful pattern or a specific decorative rolling pin to create a texture. I experimented with both.
I also added text on some of the ornaments using my stamp set.
Don’t forget to create a hole for your ribbon or twine whilst the clay is still soft.
Leave the ornaments to dry naturally, and try not to rush it or use direct heat as otherwise the clay will crack. I left them on a flat surface in the dining room for several days to make sure they dried as naturally as possible as they may crack if they dry too quick (don’t forget to check the instructions on the specific brand you are using).
Once the ornaments are dry, add the ribbon (twine or string) to your ornaments and they are ready!!
Hint: You can also create smaller versions and use the stamp to add names on them creating unique gift tags for your family and friends!
I hope that my Christmas Ornament partner Amanda loves them as much as I do!! Sometimes less is definitely more!