Every year I like to make at least a couple of handmade ornaments for the holidays. This year I decided to make some colorful sparkly star ornaments out of polymer clay. Check out the step by step tutorial below to find out how to make your own!
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- White bakeable polymer clay
- Star cookie cutter
- Mod Podge® (I used matte formula but gloss is fine too)
- FolkArt® Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint
- Paper plate
- Parchment Paper
- Clay roller
- Glitter and/or confetti
- Gold String
- Chopstick or toothpick (to poke a hole for the string)
- Painter’s Tape
How to Make Sparkly Star Ornaments
First, break off a section of polymer clay and knead it like dough, forming a ball. Mine was roughly the size of a ping pong ball. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.
Roll your clay out flat just like cookie dough. I made sure mine was about 1/4 inch thick and then used my star cookie cutter to cut the shape.
Before I removed the cutter, I poked a hole at the top with my chopstick so I would have a place to insert the string.
Place your clay stars an inch or more apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or so.(Timing will vary depending upon the thickness of your ornaments, so be sure to follow the instructions on the package.) Allow to cool when finished baking.
Paint each star the color of your choice. I used some bright colors of FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint, which I love. It’s made in the USA and comes in a wide assortment of colors and can be used on a variety of surfaces, and you can find it at most craft stores.
After your paint has dried, tape across the middle of your star with painter’s tape. You can do it horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, depending on what type of design you’d like. Then, use a paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to the portion of the star below the tape. I love Mod Podge because it’s such a fun, versatile product. It comes in so many formulas, is made in the USA and is non-toxic. It can also be found at most craft stores.
Sprinkle glitter or confetti all over the Mod Podge and allow to dry for 20 minutes. You may have to repeat this process until you get the amount of coverage you want.
Apply Mod Podge on top of the ornament, glitter and all. Allow to dry.
Insert your string, and you’ve got a sparkly star ornament!
This project was fun and easy and there are so many different ways to customize these and make them unique. For more ideas and inspiration, be sure to visit Plaid online and connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.