DIY Christmas Ornaments are one of my favorite Christmas craft ideas every year. This season I’m making these easy-to-make holiday ornaments using air dry clay. You could also use oven-baked clay or a recipe for salt dough ornaments. I love the simple Scandinavian style for Christmas decor as you can see from the Evergreen Stars I also made this year. I’m also teaming up with a few of my talented friends to share so many great ideas for homemade ornaments for Christmas. Keep reading to see all their ideas too!
Homemade Christmas Ornaments DIY
Everyone knows that homemade Christmas decorations are fast-tracked to become a holiday tradition that will for sure be pulled out year after year. Crafting and Christmas go hand in hand. Gather your family or friends for a craft night making holiday ornaments.
Here are a few DIY Christmas ornaments and homemade decorations you can find here on Today’s Creative Life.
Air-Dry Clay Holiday Ornaments
I’ve made the oven-baked Christmas ornaments and they do seem to be more durable. The air-dry clay is more fragile depending on how thin you roll the clay. Here are the supplies I used:
- Air-Dry Clay
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Cutters
- Natural Elements – I used anise stars and dried oranges.
- Something to poke the hole – I used the tip of a paintbrush.
- Twine, ribbon or string.
- Air-Dry Clay
- Dried Oranges
- Star Anise Seed Pods
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Cutters - I used a round one and a gingerbread man one.
- Paint brush handle for poking the hole - a bamboo skewer would work great.
- Gather your supplies.
- Break off a piece of clay and roll it into a ball.
- Using the rolling pin, roll out the clay to about 1/4-inch thick.
- Use your cookie cutters to cut the shapes you want.
- Peel excess clay away from your shape.
- Add a hole where you'll use a string once it's dried to hang the ornament.
- Add any extras to your ornament while it's still moldable. Press into the clay so it's secure. For the gingerbread man, I used a white marker, but you could use beads, cloves or anything you think would look great.
- Set them on a flat surface to dry overnight.
- Add string and hang it on your tree or use it as a gift tag.
Use the following for ideas on what to add to your air-dry Christmas Ornaments.
- Star anise seed pods
- Dried oranges
- Whole cloves
- Cinnamon sticks
- Make an imprint of a Christmas tree branch
- Add rustic beads
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Handmade Holiday Decorating Ideas
Enjoy being inspired by a few of my very talented friends.
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DIY Christmas Ornaments
For more homemade holiday ornament ideas, check out all my blogging friends and their creations. I love joining a round-up of DIY Christmas decorations because I’m able to share so many amazing holiday projects from talented content creators.
Will Oven-Baked Clay Work?
Any type of clay will work for this project. Even the salt dough ornament recipe will work fine. As mentioned, I think the oven-baked kind would be more durable.