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DIY Air-Dry Clay Ornaments

If you’re anything like me, you remember bringing home ornaments from school or making them at home during the Holiday Season. It’s one of those things I still end up doing every year, even if I tell myself that I won’t do it! This year I opted for air-dry clay ornaments, something that required only materials I already had at home and that used my favourite colour combo: black and white, with a hint of gold.

14. Clay ornaments


The materials used for these ornaments are mostly found in your kitchen and would make a great craft to try with kids!

1. Clay ornaments


  • rolling-pin
  • air-dry clay
  • cookie cutters
  • small bowl of water
    Not pictured above:
  • rubber alphabet stamps
  • straw
  • small piece of lace or other textured fabric
  • 120 grit (or higher) sandpaper
  • white and gold spray paint
  • Sharpies
  • baker’s twine

Step 1:

Using your rolling-pin, roll out some of the clay to about 1/4″ thickness (just pretend you’re making pizza!), and use different sizes and shapes of cookie cutters to cut out some shapes.

2. Clay ornaments

3. Clay ornaments

Step 2:

Grab your rubber stamps and stamp sayings or words onto your soon-to-be ornaments. Don’t worry about perfection – part of the charm of these is in the imperfections.

Step 3:

Using a straw, make a hole at the top of your shape so that you can hang them later. This is a really important step, but one that is easy to forget (yes, I almost forgot). You can use a little bit of water on your fingertip to smooth out any rough edges, just make sure you don’t use too much water or you’ll have a muddy mess on your hands!

Step 4:

This is an optional part, but if you want some ornaments not to be perfectly smooth, use a piece of fabric with a textured pattern on it, like lace. Place it on the rolled out clay and roll gently over it once again. Repeat steps 2 and 3 and you’ve got some lacy ornaments.

6. Clay ornaments

Step 5:

Let the clay dry – also known as time to go binge watch a few episodes of (insert your favourite TV show here) on Netflix. These will take hours to dry, so maybe just leaving them overnight is a better idea… or Netflix… I won’t judge you.

Step 6:

If there are still some rough edges on your ornaments, lightly sand them away, but try to stay away from sanding the front. I lightly sanded the edges only. Spray paint ornaments in the colour of your choice. I went with mostly white, using gold on some of them as well. This Krylon paint was perfect because it stayed matte enough to look like the clay was actually white, but adds a touch of satin gloss to it.

7. Clay ornaments

Step 7:

Once the paint has dried (at least an hour later), get ready to decorate your ornaments and get creative! I drew on some and outlined the words with a thin black sharpie to make them stand out more.

Step 8:

Add some baker’s twine or the string of your choice to the ornaments, and hey are ready to be hung on the tree!

10. Clay ornaments

These can easily be added to your tree and blend in with other ornaments, but I chose to use mine on a small pine tree in our living room, keeping all of the ornaments the same for a more uniform look.

12. Clay ornaments

11. Clay ornaments


I love the mix of black and white with the fresh evergreen. It’s so simple, but with a few clear lights, gives a little tree just the right touch of Holiday cheer!

Just remember to be very careful with these! They are quite fragile, and I did break one of them! Oops! Have you ever tried to make anything with sir-dry clay? This was a first for me, so if you have some tips, please share in the comments below!

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