Hey y’all! I decided to write a post on making these easy DIY clay ornaments and tags because i have had so many questions about these this year! This is such a fun project, and the sky is the limit on what you can create. My littles have had so much fun when i pull out this clay… it really can be a great family activity! These clay ornaments are perfect for decorating a tree ( as you’ll see in my post this weekend) garland, wreaths (i’ll show you how i used them in my entry wreath in my Christmas Home Tour Part II) or adding to your family stockings and gifts as a name or initial tag. If you missed part 1 of my Christmas tour, you can see it HERE ).
Let’s get to it!
I have tried many different ways of making these over the past few years, and THIS CLAY is my all time favorite. It’s easy to use, the white color of it has great depth, and it’s ready when you are. ( no mixing, baking, painting etc required).
First, start with a ball of the clay:
Next, roll out the clay with a rolling pin so you get a nice smooth surface:
If you want to emboss your clay ornament or tag, now is the time. I used THIS paper that i had left over from my Christmas wrapping paper this year, The design is classic and works for every style. (If you missed my post about 20 Different Wrapping styles and ideas, you can find it HERE.) My Christmas Master Bedroom post is coming next week! Don’t forget to subscribe at the top of this page to get an email when a new post is up! I have so many fun projects to share with y’all this year and next!!
Once you’ve pressed the embossed paper onto the clay, slowly peel it back and reveal your gorgeous design:
Isn’t it so pretty? Love.
Now it’s time to cut the shape you want. For these clay ornaments and tags, I have found good ole’ cookie cutters to work best for this. The cookie cutter link i included is to a classic set of Christmas Cookie cutters. If you are looking for a classic circle cutter, HERE is a great one.
Just press your shape in and wiggle it a tiny bit (just like you would when making sugar cookies) until it separates. Then carefully remove your shape:
Now its time to make your hole to hang your clay ornament or tag from. My favorite thing for this is the flat end of wooden skewers (I also used the skewers to create my grain sack stripes that i’ll show you a later in the post!) :
Just choose where you want your hole, and press the flat end of the skewer into the clay shape. Gently twist it back and forth to ensure that you’ve made a good enough hole for your twine or ribbon to slide through when you hang it:
Sometimes, some of the shapes don’t come out the the cookie cutter perfectly…
No worries! This clay is a dream to work with. Just gently smooth the clay against the shape with your finger (y’all, don’t judge…i know my nails aren’t pretty! i gave up on nails a long time ago as a DIY’er and Painter…so, just pretend they look amazing…Focus on the clay!!!)
One of the best things about these clay ornaments, is that they are so charming in their small imperfections… So DON’T STRESS. Just enjoy the process of creating.
Here is a view of a few more i made for my Charlie Brown tree…
To make the grain sack like stripes, i just simply pressed the side of wood skewers that i made my “hanging holes” in the ornaments with gently into the clay. I love the simplicity of the stripes, while still adding an interesting textural element. I added several clay ornaments for my Simple and White Charlie Brown Tree this year (coming in part II of my Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour this weekend) i made circles, stars, candy canes, and trees. I embossed some, kept some plain, and added the grain sack-like stripe to some. That post is coming this weekend.
I hope y’all have enjoyed this little tutorial on making your own easy DIY Clay ornaments and tags! As always, i welcome any comments or questions! I’d love to hear about the projects you create! Happy Holidays y’all!