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12/20/2013 // 21 comments

How to Make Stylish Clay Christmas Ornaments

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These make-your-own clay Christmas tree ornaments and decorations are quick and easy to craft, making them an ideal DIY for the busy holiday season. The air-drying clay means that there’s no firing or kiln needed – you just roll, cut and stamp, and your decoration is good to go. These are perfect to use as personalised gift tags or as decorations to hang from your Christmas tree; you could make them for friends loved ones by personalising them with their Twitter handle or name. These are quite delicate, so be sure to gift them in person and handle with care! Here’s the step by step:

1. On a clean surface, roll out the pack of air-drying clay with a rolling pin.
2. Use cookie cutters to stamp your desired shapes and remove the excess clay.
3. Stamp the Twitter handle or name onto the clay, taking care not to snag or dent the surface with your fingers.
4. Use a darning needle to make a hanging hole at the top of the shape.
5. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours and then string with bakers twine.

Have you tried any stylish Christmas DIY’s this season? I’d love to know your ideas for making things personal!

// Photography by Will Taylor

geraldine@littlebigbell

20 / 20 / 2013

What a great idea. I bought some air drying clay last year but still haven’t used it. You just reminded me. I can see festive crafting with the kids coming up this weekend. x

BEA

20 / 20 / 2013

I think I’ll try and make mini ones for gift tags this weekend. Thank you for sharing the instructions!

JUNE

20 / 20 / 2013

Too cute! I love how it looks hanging on the tree in the last picture.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2013

@Geraldine – It’s a perfect craft to try with the kids, G! I can’t wait to see how your’s come out – have fun! x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2013

@Bea – A lovely idea to personalise your pressies!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2013

@June – Thank you!

FunkySteph

20 / 20 / 2013

I will pin this idea and insert it in our Advent calendar next year. The only thing I did myself this year was the Advent wreath. I used a large plate, 4 cream pillar candles on which I made a bow at a low level with a green ribbon. I then spread linen seed mixed with cinnamon (for the smell) around the candles on the plate. Oh, I also did my son Advent calendar… A green ribbon pinned on a wall in the shape of a Xmas tree. I used brown paper bags and made the numbers myself… They were hung with small wooden cloth pegs.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2013

@FunkySteph – Those sound like really fun festive crafts! Merry Christmas!

Serena

20 / 20 / 2013

I’ve done them for Christmas placeholders!
We are in sintony! :-)
Marry Xmas and happy New year Will, from your Bowler hat friend

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2013

@Serena – I love the idea of making them as Christmas placeholders. Merry Christmas!

Emelie @florainspiro

20 / 20 / 2013

So cute for gift wrapping! I’ve already wrapped most gífts but I will to it next year :) Have a nice weekend xx

caroline @trend-daily

20 / 20 / 2013

They’ve come out beautifully Will! We’ve been making some at Trend Daily HQ too!! Have a wonderful Christmas my lovely and see you very soon in the New Year. Big hugs for you both xx

Anya

21 / 21 / 2013

Lovely – I made these with the girls – such a perfect DIY. Merry Xmas Will, hope you have a lovely one – thanks for your support, inspiration and friendship throughout the year, see you soon :)
Axx

Sharmee

21 / 21 / 2013

These are super cute – where do you get the clay from? And do you think rather than the stamps we could write on the clay?

Merry Christmas x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

21 / 21 / 2013

@Sharmee – I bought the clay and stamps from Hobbycraft. I did the ‘@’ by hand and the letters with the stamps so you could try it all by hand but I fear it would be quite tricky!

LatteLisa

22 / 22 / 2013

Wish I had seen this post earlier, as I have three children in the house who would have loved creating something like that tomorrow. But we are done with the preparation and tomorrow is a stay-home-and-relax day.

I’m bookmarking this post for next year ; – )

Louise - 30s Magazine

23 / 23 / 2013

Happy Holidays Will! 2014 is going to be so exciting for you with your book and I bet many more ventures.
Love your little DIY project. I also make them each year either as gift tags or ornaments, or name place cards tied on a napkin. Big hug!

Alba

23 / 23 / 2013

Great ideas. I will do that in this Christmas.

domestikate

22 / 22 / 2014

I’m seeing air drying clay everywhere, must give it a try! These are lovely. I did a wee bit of Christmas DIY-ing, you can see more details here. I think you will like the home made advent calendar! http://domestikated.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/hang-a-shining-star-upon-the-highest-bough/

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

22 / 22 / 2014

@Domestikate – Oh, it’s so charming! Thanks for sharing.

Miss Manitas

09 / 9 / 2014

Supercute!!!