I think I may have set a record for the earliest I’ve ever started Christmas crafting. I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but for some reason I’ve just been in the holiday crafting spirit. This was my first time working with clay, and I absolutely loved making these! It was easy and fun. These are DIY hand-stamped clay ornaments, but they could double as gift tags. I gilded mine in gold, but of course you could make yours any color you choose. I also did mostly monogram ornaments, but I threw in a few short words like “Joy” too. These are miniature sized, but you could make yours any size you’d like.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 package of Polymer Clay
- Star Clay Cutters
- Bottle cap (for round ones)
- Wooden Skewer
- Cookie Sheet
- Paper plate/parchment paper (either works fine)
- Liquid Gilding (or acrylic paint if you’d prefer a color other than gold)
- Artist’s Paint Brushes
- Gold Cord, thread or ribbon
- Alphabet Stamps
I got most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby, but I’m sure any craft store probably carries all of it.
First, break off a little piece of clay and start rolling it and molding it into a small flat circle. Just squeeze it with your fingers and flatten it until it is the same thickness all the way across. I recommend using parchment paper and/or a paper plate as your craft surface to prevent any messes on the table. Use your cutter or bottle cap to cut out a shape, just like a cookie cutter and cookie dough.
Use the skewer to create a little hole at the top which you will thread your string through to hang the ornament or attach it as a gift tag. You can also add a decorative dotted border with the pointed end of the skewer.
For the monogram (or whatever message you choose), I used tiny alphabet stamps. I found these in the dollar bin, but I can’t remember if it was at Target or Michaels. I think it was Michaels but don’t quote me on that! It was last year. Any small stamp will do.
Bake your ornaments at 265 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
After your ornaments have cooled, they are ready to paint. You can use acrylic paint in any color you choose, but I opted to use liquid gold leaf. Let me just say, I am addicted to this stuff! I love it. Heather from At the Picket Fence got me hooked on it after her Country Living Fair demonstration.
After your paint dries, just slip a little thread through the hole, and they are ready to hang.
I love the personalization that a simple monogram adds to a gift. I hope you don’t get tired of clay holiday crafts, because I am having a lot of fun making things out of it!
I promise you, even if you’ve never worked with clay before, these are easy. This would be a great project for a craft night with friends. Will you be making some of these for the holidays? Please let me know!
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