Christmas ornaments
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DIY Paper clay Christmas ornaments

I promise I won’t go all Christmas decoration crazy this month, even though I posted my decoration inspiration post only yesterday and I’m posting a Christmas tutorial today. I’m going to show you how to make your own Christmas ornaments!

Preparing the paper clay and using crochet doilies for adding texture

Materials needed

Making the Christmas ornaments doesn’t take a lot of tools or time. All you need is:

  • paper clay or white clay
  • crochet doilies
  • cookie cutter
  • sandpaper
  • twine

Preparing the paper clay and using crochet doilies for adding texture Making cutouts in the paper clay with cookie cutters

Making the Christmas ornaments

I struggled a bit with my paper clay, as it had been open for a long time. I soaked it in a bit of water for a while and it was fine afterwards! Making the ornaments doesn’t take any time at all. First you have to roll out the clay and press the crochet doilies hard in the clay. Then you use the cookie cutters and cut out the shapes in the clay. I’ve also added eye holes with a piece of a ballpoint pen.

Let the paper clay ornaments dry after cutting them out

Put the ornaments somewhere to dry. I’ve placed them next to the heater for a couple of days until they were dry. Maybe it’s because I’ve put them next to the heater or maybe this always happens when drying paper clay, but they started curling a bit. I’ve placed a stack of books on top after I noticed this and they dried flat afterwards.

After drying the Christmas ornaments you'll have to sand them down a bitAfter drying the Christmas ornaments you'll have to sand them down a bit

When the ornaments where dry I’ve sanded them a bit. It made the smooth surfaces look smoother and whither. I also sanded the textured parts a bit, cleaning them up.

Adding a burlap twine to the paper clay Christmas ornaments as a finishing touchAdding a burlap twine to the paper clay Christmas ornaments as a finishing touchAdding a burlap twine to the paper clay Christmas ornaments as a finishing touch

Afterwards you only have to put the twine on the Christmas ornaments and you’re done!

Cute handmade paper clay Christmas ornamentsCute handmade paper clay Christmas ornaments

I tried taking photos of the ornaments in my “Christmas tree” (we don’t have one yet), but the lighting wasn’t helping at all. So I made some extra on my desk. And then I couldn’t chose which one to put on the blog, because the ornaments look so pretty…

Cute handmade paper clay Christmas ornamentsCute handmade paper clay Christmas ornaments Cute handmade paper clay Christmas ornaments Cute handmade paper clay Christmas ornamentsCute diy paper clay Christmas ornaments

So, that’s it! A lovely bunch of handmade (and sturdy, I’ve dropped them already a couple of times and they survived each fall) Christmas ornaments! Are you making your own ornaments this year?

Cute diy paper clay Christmas ornaments

Project costs: paper clay, €6 – burlap twine, €2

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3 Comments

  • Reply nachtschade 4 december 2015 at 10:56

    Wat een leuk mini-projectje! Slim bedacht om de kanten kleedjes als textuurmaker in te schakelen 🙂

    • Reply plutomeisje 7 december 2015 at 11:42

      Dank u 🙂
      ’t beste aan die kleedjes is dat ze daarna gewoon nog bruikbaar zijn! Die paper clay maakt ze niet eens vuil. :p

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