These clay Christmas ornaments are kid friendly but still look great on your tree! They are so easy to make; use your favorite paint colors.
Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can make these ornaments. You’ll be cutting out clay, painting, and stringing. It’s simple for kids or adults.
This year I bought my kids a little Christmas tree that they could decorate and play with themselves. On the outside, this looks like I am being a nice, fun mom, but really I just want them to keep their hands off my fancy tree.
After we set it up we decided that it needed some fun and colorful ornaments, so I decided to go through one of my craft cupboards to see what I could come up with.
When I stumbled upon a bag of oven-bake clay and some mini cutters from a project I did months ago, my wheels started turning! That’s how I came up with these clay Christmas ornaments.
I love using oven-bake clay for projects because it is so easy to use, and it enables you to come up with projects that are truly unique since you create them from just a lump of clay!
After rolling out the clay this idea for stamped clay ornaments was born . . . and I’m in love with them. More so than I thought I would be! This would make a great clay craft for kids or adults. Everyone can join in the fun.
DIY Clay Ornaments
These ornaments are so fun and quick to make, and they turned out so cute I stole some right off the kids’ tree to put on my fancy tree. Don’t tell.
What clay should I use?
We used polymer clay for these ornaments, but you can also use air dry clay. Just keep in mind that air dry clay isn’t baked, it dries by being left out for several hours. Or up to a few days, which is how long it takes in my climate.
Otherwise, you’re ready to roll. Get the tutorial below!
Gather These Supplies
- Oven-Bake Clay
- Mini Metal Cutters (I found mine here)
- Rolling Pin
- Acrylic Paint
- Skewer or Toothpick
1. Roll out the clay with rolling pin until it is about 1/4″ thick.
2. Cut out circles from the flat clay. I used the ring from a mason jar.
3. Using the mini metal cutters, cut out shapes from the clay circles. Use a skewer or toothpick to make a hole in the top for the string.
4. Place clay on baking sheet and bake according to the package directions. For me, this meant baking at 275 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
5. Remove clay from oven and let cool completely.
6. Once the clay is cooled, paint each clay ornament. Let dry completely. If desired, spray with a glossy sealant if you would like them to have more of an enamel finish.
7. Cut string to about 6 – 8 inch pieces and tie to your clay Christmas ornaments.
That’s it! Your clay Christmas ornaments are done. Now you can tie these babies to your tree and sit back and enjoy some Christmas magic. Aren’t they the cutest? I love how the light shines through the cut out shapes!
What DIY Christmas ornaments are you making this holiday season? I’d love to hear your ideas! And, be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls!
- Oven bake polymer clay
- Acrylic paint
- Gloss spray (optional)
- Mini metal cutters
- Rolling pin
- Skewer or Toothpick
- Roll out the clay with rolling pin until it is about 1/4" thick.
- Cut out circles from the flat clay. I used the ring from a mason jar.
- Using mini metal cutters, cut out shapes from the clay circles. Use a skewer or toothpick to make a hole in the top for the string.
- Place clay on baking sheet and bake according to package directions. I baked for 15 min at 275F.
- Remove the clay ornaments from the oven and let cool completely.
- Once cooled, paint each ornament. Let dry completely. If desired, spray with a glossy sealant.
- Cut string to about 6 - 8 inch pieces and tie to the ornaments to finish.
These clay Christmas ornaments are SO easy! If you’re looking for other ornaments that are really easy to make, try the following ornies: