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Clay Christmas Ornaments Look Great on a Tree

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.

Clay Christmas Ornaments Look Great on a Tree

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.

DIY clay ornaments for Christmas on a tree

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!

(get 20 DIY Christmas ornaments to make here!)

DIY Clay Ornaments

These ornaments are so fun to make (and totally kid friendly!), 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!

Rolling out polymer clay with a rolling pin

Gather These Supplies

  • Oven-Bake Clay
  • Mini Metal Cutters (I found mine here)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Skewer or Toothpick
  • String
  • Scissors

Directions

1. Roll out the clay with rolling pin until it is about 1/4″ thick.

Pressing a circle shape into rolled out clay

2. Cut out circles from the flat clay. I used the ring from a mason jar.

Cutting a drop shape out of clay using a mini cutter

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.

Press a hole into the top of a clay ornament using a skewer

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.

Clay ornaments laid out on a cookie sheet

5. Remove clay from oven and let cool completely.

Painting clay Christmas ornaments with various colors of acrylic paint

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.

Bottles of acrylic paint and painted clay Christmas ornaments
polymer clay christmas ornaments

7. Cut string to about 6 – 8 inch pieces and tie to your clay Christmas ornaments.

Stringing up 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!

DIY clay Christmas ornaments hanging from a frosted tree

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!

Yield: 6 ornaments

Clay Christmas Ornaments

Clay Christmas Ornaments Look Great on a Tree

Learn how to make Christmas ornaments using polymer clay! Cut any shapes that you like and paint any colors to match your holiday decor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Oven bake polymer clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • String
  • Gloss spray (optional)

Tools

  • Mini metal cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Paintbrush
  • Skewer or Toothpick
  • Scissors

Instructions

  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 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 package directions. I baked for 15 min at 275F.
  5. Remove the clay ornaments from the oven and let cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, paint each ornament. Let dry completely. If desired, spray with a glossy sealant.
  7. Cut string to about 6 - 8 inch pieces and tie to the ornaments to finish.

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These clay Christmas ornaments are SO easy! If you’re looking for other ornaments that are really easy to make, try these temporary tattoo DIY Christmas ornaments.

These DIY Christmas ornaments are made using temporary tattoos! They are one of my favorite holiday projects ever and the possibilities are endless.

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