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DIY Clay Christmas Ornaments

January 3, 2016
Twinkly Tanya ~ Clay Christmas Ornaments | Inspired by GardenMama

I know, it’s January and you’re probably tired of all the Christmas stuff. You might even have put away your tree already. But I hope you’re still in for one more Christmassy post, as I’d like to share my DIY clay Christmas ornaments with you. I apologize in advance for the crappy photo quality. I had planned to do the project a second time during the day. Silly me! Where did I think I’d ever find the time to do the same project twice in December? But regardless of the pictures, I love how they’ve turned out, and they helped me progress on one of my goals:

No. 30: Create 5 DIY projects of my Pinterest wall.

My Pinterest wall is filled with boards, which are filled with lots and lots of DIY project. Yet none of these projects ever come to life in my house. Sounds familiar? Well, I tried to change this by adding this goal to my list. Easy-peasy, or so I thought. Choosing five DIY projects and actually do them turned out to be harder than I thought. At the beginning of my Day Zero journey I made my first project: a denim bag. But after that nothing happened on the Pinterest department.

I decided to change that this December. Christmas seemed like the most perfect time to do some DIY projects. I wanted to create some nice decorations for our home. I ended up doing only one. But hey, one is more than zero, right? And it was a pretty awesome project. I made some clay Christmas ornaments and sent most of them to my pen pals as little gifts.

Twinkly Tanya ~ DIY Clay Christmas Ornaments | Original idea by GardenMama

This is my original pinned post by GardenMama which gave me the idea.

The article says to use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out the different shapes. How clever! I did have some cookie cutters laying around, waiting to be used. All I needed to buy was the clay. I used DAS white clay, which hardens without the use of any oven.

In the original post a twig was used to create an embossed pattern in the ornaments. I didn’t have such a twig at hand, so I had to find another solution. I thought lace would be perfect, but I couldn’t find anything lace. Then I knew what to use: my huge ass wooden paisley stamp!

Twinkly Tanya ~ Clay Christmas Ornaments | Inspired by GardenMama

I randomly pushed the stamp into the clay, which created a really nice pattern. In retrospect I believe it would have been better to stamp the pattern first and then cut the shapes. I did it the other way around, which made it difficult to press the stamp hard enough into the clay, but at the same time not too hard to change the shapes. Oh well, practice makes perfect, right?

Twinkly Tanya ~ Clay Christmas Ornaments | Inspired by GardenMama

Don’t they look lovely? After they had dried, they got a perfectly white color. I sent most of them to a new home in my happy Christmas mail to my pen pals. I loved the idea of sending something home-made! But of course I forgot to take a picture of the dried versions, before sending them off. I am so sorry!

I still have a lot of clay left, so I’d better find myself a new project to progress further on this goal. If you’ve got any suggestions, please tell me in the comments!

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  • Reply Ellen February 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I so want to make these with my kids. Great gift idea and now I have all year to get it done!

    • Tanya de Kruijff
      Reply Tanya de Kruijff February 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      If you can’t wait all year, you could also use Easter cookie cutters to make some and decorate your house with them for Easter!

  • Reply Smiling Notes February 16, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Wow these are so adorable! You are so talented.

    • Tanya de Kruijff
      Reply Tanya de Kruijff February 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thanks! These were really easy to make! I’m sure you can do it too! 🙂

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