Handmade Giving: Clay Ornaments

Its the first day of our Handmade Giving series! This first project is mine and if you’ve been reading for long and if you know me at all, you know I love simple projects.  With four kids and everything else that comes with that, if my creative aspirations aren’t simple, they don’t happen. 
Our first project is clay ornaments.  I love these little guys and I love that you can make a whole bunch in just a few minutes.  You can give them at a set in a pretty little box or you can tie one on to a package for added prettiness.
Clay Christmas Ornaments, a really quick and easy way to add a handmade touch to gifts or to give a whole set to a friend for Christmas.

How to make clay Christmas ornaments

Clay Christmas Ornaments, a really quick and easy way to add a handmade touch to gifts or to give a whole set to a friend for Christmas.
Gather your stuff: I used Sculpey clay in white.  I liked this because it stayed white and didn’t turn yellowish at all.  You’ll need alphabet stamps (that are really clean!), and some extras to add to your ornaments like ribbon or greens, a cookie cutter, and a cookie sheet.
Get your clay good and soft.  Roll it out to about 1/4″-1/2″ thickness.  Cut your shapes out and stamp your words.  Use the end of a paintbrush or something that size to make a hole for your twine to go through.
Put on the baking sheet and back at 275* for about 10 minutes.

After they were cooled, I tied on twine and plaid fabric and greenery.  But you can do whatever.  Velvet ribbon would look great too!
Now that you have your set of ornaments, you could either package them up in a great box with shredded piano music and a beautiful bow or you could separate them and tie one on to a package.  

Simple, easy clay Christmas ornaments to give as gifts or tie onto gifts.

See? Quick and easy little gift.  Giving handmade gifts doesn’t have to be hard, just heartfelt.  I love these little ornaments…I actually might have to make another set for ME!  

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Simply, clay Christmas ornaments to tie onto gifts or give sets as gifts.

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31 Comments

  1. I am so glad these inspired you! I love Christmas sewing and felt as well. The cute project, Kim! Older kids would love making bunches of these for a tree.

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  5. I love working with felt. I am so glad these inspired you! I love Christmas sewing and felt as well. The cute project, Kim! Older kids would love making bunches of these for a tree.

  6. Hello
    I ask where you got the tractors and farm trucks. I would really love to create a tree similar to this gorgeous work. I’m so glad you like it! I found the basket ornaments at Hobby Lobby.

  7. Hello
    ’m inspired to start sewing for Christmas. I love working with felt. I am so glad these inspired you! I love Christmas sewing and felt as well. The cute project, Kim! Older kids would love making bunches of these for a tree.

  8. Hello
    These look great. I’m inspired to start sewing for Christmas. I love working with felt. I am so glad these inspired you! I love Christmas sewing and felt as well.

  9. Hello
    The beautiful tree may I ask where you got the tractors and farm trucks. I would really love to create a tree similar to this gorgeous work. I’m so glad you like it! I found the basket ornaments at Hobby Lobby.

  10. Hi, Easy to make and they look great! Love the patterned tissue paper you used. These look great. I’m inspired to start sewing for Christmas. I love working with felt. I am so glad these inspired you! I love Christmas sewing and felt as well. The cute project, Kim! Older kids would love making bunches of these for a tree.

  11. The beautiful tree may I ask where you got the tractors and farm trucks. I would really love to create a tree similar to this gorgeous work. I’m so glad you like it! I found the basket ornaments at Hobby Lobby. I also saw some at Kirkland’s the other day so maybe that will help. Post a picture of your tree when you are finished! We would all love to see it.

  12. I LOVE clay ornaments! My kids make some every year with my mom, and they are such treasures to me:) I love the addition of the words – such a great idea! <3

  13. I pinned this!
    I can't wait to make them…I've made these salt dough ornaments with the kids a few years ago, but never with the sculpting clay…that will be SO much easier!!!!

    Perfect thing to add to the top of all our gifts. 🙂

  14. We've done salt dough many times, but never clay. I like the way yours look like they held the shape during baking and are still white. CUTE!

  15. So sweet! I hope to have the time to make these. They would be perfect for Christmas Dinner place settings…and a nice take home gift for everyone!!

  16. So simple and beautiful! We love handmade gifts here too! Can't wait to see the whole series unfold!
    Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family.
    xox
    Susan- @SugarBeans.org

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