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Winter Holiday DIY: Clay Ornamanets

Whether you need a quick idea for adding an elegant touch to your wrapping or a fun craft to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied during holiday gatherings, give these clay ornaments a try. This simple DIY could inspire a fun family tradition or make a great addition to any ornament exchange.


  • Air Dry Clay
  • Clay Roller
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Ribbon, Twine, or String
  • Straw
  • Acrylic Paint (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brushes

Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Your Holiday Ornaments

  1. Take a small chunk of clay and roll out using the clay roller until the clay is about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Tip: Start rolling from the center to keep consistent thickness throughout the clay.
  2. Use holiday-themed cookie cutters to cut out as many shapes that will fit on the clay.
  3. Gently remove the clay from around the shaped ornaments.
  4. Use a straw to create a hole at the top of the ornaments for adding string or ribbon for displaying (once dried).
  5. Use your fingers to smooth the edges of the ornaments.
  6. Place your holiday shapes onto a parchment-lined tray to allow your ornaments to dry for 24 hours. Then flip to the backside to allow them to dry for another 24 hours.
  7. Once ornaments have completely dried, you can decorate! Use paint and/or glitter to add piazza to your ornaments. Or, you may choose to leave them the natural white color for simple, handmade additions to your tree.
  8. Seal with Mod Podge to help preserve the beauty of your cookie cutter ornaments.
  9. Take your chosen ribbon, string, or twine and run it through the hole at the top of each ornament, cut to the desired length, and tie.

These simple-to-make holiday ornaments are a great way to add a touch of handmade to your decorations or gifts this year. If you choose to make your own clay ornaments using cookie cutters or have an ornament-making gathering, we would enjoy seeing your photos. Tag us on social media and use #DIYingwithHRI.

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