Just in time for the holidays, you can make your own ornaments and gift tags using oven bake clay!
Oven bake clay is a quick and easy way to make ornaments in just about any shape you want (just use cookie cutters!) and you can decorate them with paint, paint pens, stamps, or puff paint for a festive holiday activity for all ages.
Is there a clay that’s best to use for clay ornaments?
As long as you are using a clay that eventually hardens, you should be fine. But choosing a firmer oven bake clay over the texture of a soft air dry clay will give you the ability to roll it out smoother and get cleaner edges with your cookie cutter.
-oven bake clay (we love this one!)
–bakers twine (I love colored bakers twine for this as well!)
–acrylic paint, puff paints, stamps and ink, or paint pens
Begin by rolling out your clay into a thin, even sheet (about 5/8″ thick). Using your cookie cutters, cut out shapes in different sizes.
You can do any cookie cutter shape you have in your cupboard!
Next, poke holes in the tops of all your ornaments using a straw.
Love DIY projects that use clay? Check out these posts!
Or check out 20 Clay Craft Projects!
Bake according to the directions on the package. If you are using the original Sculpey oven bake clay, it should be on a glass sheet or dish, baking at 275°F for 15 minutes for every ¼ inch of clay thickness.
After you have baked the clay and let the ornaments cool, design to your heart’s content! Finish the ornaments with bakers twine or other thin ribbon or yarn.
I did mine with paint, stamps, and some glitter puff paint, but you can also use black and white paint and paint pens like our friend Kelli did.
Looking for a cute project with salt dough instead? Try these!
The smaller sized ornaments work great as personalized gift tags on a gift box, and the larger ones are perfect for decorating your Christmas tree!
If you want a handmade clay ornament but don’t have the time to make your own, you can buy one and support small business here instead!
Kelli also sells her art in her Etsy shop, so make sure to take a look at her adorable items and don’t forget that we have a treasure trove of fun holiday DIYs and recipes to gather inspiration from as well.
Have fun making your own creations! xo. Laura