This upcoming holiday season I’ve found myself being inspired by a minimalist/nordic theme. From simplistic decor, neutral tones mixed with accent colors like greens and reds, to earthy textures and design. With our move to Texas just weeks away, I’m already beginning to piece together my inspiration board via Pinterest and I can’t wait to bring some of these ideas to life as we celebrate in our new home.
One way in which I’m doing that this year are with these homemade clay ornaments! I’ve been wanting to make these for a while now and what better time than now? They’re so easy to make (I’ve included the directions at the bottom of this post!) and now you can order your own custom clay ornaments in our shop, too!
Each ornament is made from air-dry clay that’s been hand rolled, cut, and stamped. Since they’re each handmade to-order, not any two ornaments are equally alike – giving a unique touch to each one. Store-bought ornaments are great, but I love the effect that homemade ornaments have when hung on the tree. There’s a personal touch added, which makes the holidays that much more special in our home.
That’s why this year, for what a year it’s been, I’m excited to extend this same holiday comfort and joy to your home through personalized clay ornaments.
Make your own!
Want to know how I do it for my own home and the shop? Follow these easy directions to make your own from a few ingredients and the comfort of home – it makes for a great holiday activity for the whole family!
Homemade Clay Ornaments
- Air-Dry Molding Clay
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Cutters
- Chopsticks (optional)
- Rubber Letter Stamps
- Paint Pen (optional)
- Wax Paper and Cookie Sheet
- Twine for hanging
- Modge Podge (optional)
- Begin by sectioning out the clay into manageable pieces. Keep the clay you're not using in its packaging so it doesn't dry out.
- Using your rolling pin, roll your clay to your desired thickness (I recommend 1.5-2"). Stamp your ornaments using cookie cutters of your choice. Remove leftover clay and repeat.
- Use the end of a chopstick to create a hole where you'll hang your twine. Transfer to a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and use your rubber stamps to stamp whatever you'd like your ornaments to say.
- Lay ornaments out to dry for approximately 4-5 hours or overnight if you can. The longer you give your ornaments time to set the better they'll be. After they have dried, use a paint pen to fill the indentations from the stamps to give your ornaments definition (optional). Use twine or ribbon to hang.
- Optional: use Modge Podge to coat and seal your ornaments for a final glossy touch.
Happy crafting this holiday!