The present giving season is looming closer and closer. A fun, fairly quick DIY gift you can make for others are air dry clay ornaments. The clay requires only three ingredients that you most likely have in your house and can be air dried or oven baked. You can use cookie cutters to create the shapes or cut them out yourself with a butter knife.
You can make this over the weekend and have a batch of ornaments or other air dry clay items to gift to others. I used Creature Comfort’s Tried + True: DIY Air Dry Clay for my DIY ornaments.
Small bowl with water
Follow the recipe and directions to make the clay. Or use your own preferred recipe if you want.
Tips on making the clay mixture:
It took about seven minutes for mixture to start bubbling on medium heat.
Then turns into a thicker soupy texture once it starts bubbling.
A few minutes later it turns into a clump and you’re done!
Your pot may look like this after but don’t panic everything washes off.
Making the ornaments:
While you wait for the clay to cool down, get out or cut out the shapes that you want to make.
You can use traditional cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Or you can cut out shapes from paper to use as stencils on the clay.
Once it’s cooled roll it out and lay the cutout on top of it. Use the butter knife to cut into the clay.
It get’s difficult around the edges so after I got the general shape cut out I went back for some cleanup once the excess clay is removed.
Use a straw to add a hole to string ribbon through the ornament.
Let the clay dry over night. I let them dry over night, then flipped them over in the morning to let the other side dry completely.
After the clay dries completely, decorate as you want, string a piece of ribbon through it and wrap up to gift to someone.
For my ornaments I used gold acrylic paint and a black Sharpie Paint Marker.
Making the ornaments tips:
When cracks appear when rolling out clay dab finger in some water to smooth over.
Don’t cut hole too close to edge and do it while the clay is still wet. Five minutes later it may be too late and will crack.
Clean your hands and utensils after every few ornaments you cut. The clay sticks to them and can cause pocking and the knife won’t cut smoothly
If you have any jagged edges after the clay as dried you can use sand paper to smooth them out.
You can store your clay in an air tight container to use later. I kept mine in the fridge for a week. When you take it out to use it take a few chunks at a time and microwave them for about fifteen seconds over five second intervals. If you over microwave you’ll get chunks that dry out and become unusable.
There are tons of different ideas out there on what kind of ornaments you can make. Or what you can use the clay to make. Some of my favorites are:
Are you making any gifts this year for the holidays? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!
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