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!

List of items required:


Rolling /Project Mat

Cookie cutters

Rolling pin

Darning needle

Mini Stamp Set


Air-drying clay

Bakers twine

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Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. 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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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

    • @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!

  9. 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 ; – )

  10. 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!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.