Let's make handmade ornaments with the kids this holiday season.
Baked clay ornaments are easy to make and a great holiday activity for kids.
What you need:
- Oven-bake clay
- Good Cook Sweet Creations Cookie Cutters – I love these because they have a handle on top
- Stamps – holiday designs, words, letters
- To decorate: you can use anything from paint to Sharpies. I used Inka Gold Metallic Rub and a Krylon Leafing Silver Pen
- Sculpey Satin Glaze (optional)
Use a smooth rolling pin, playdough or fondant roller to roll out the clay to about 5mm thick (a wooden rolling pin won't work, it will leave small patterns on the clay).
Cut the clay with a cookie cutter, just like you are cutting out cookies.
Now stamp it with either a fun holiday image stamp, or use letter stamps to make personalized messages, names or words.
Using either a thick needle or the end of a paintbrush (anything that is fairly thin really), poke a hole through the top of the clay.
Lay your pieces of stamped clay on a cookie sheet and bake according to the oven-bake clay package directions.
Set aside on cookie sheets to cool.
I decorated two identical stamped ornaments in different ways.
For the first one, I colored in the image using a Krylon Leafing Silver Pen. For the very fine details, particularly on the antlers, I dabbed a little of the leafing pen on a smooth surface and dipped a toothpick into it to fill in the details. Once dry I applied a layer of Sculpey Satin Glaze and then sprinkled just a tiny bit of glitter over the top before it was dry.
For the second ornament, I used a soft cloth to rub Inka Gold Metallic Rub all over the ornament, buffing it until it was shiny. I then sprinkled a little glitter over the top and set aside to dry.
Thread twin through the hole in the top of the ornament and hang it on your tree.
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