How to Make Custom Clay Holiday Ornaments

by Tonya Staab

Make your own custom handmade oven-baked clay ornaments with the kids this holiday season. We’ll show you how.

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Baked clay ornaments are easy to make and a great holiday activity for kids.

a stamped reindeer christmas ornament made out of clay and painted silver

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
  • Glitter
  • Twine
  • 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)
a collage of clay holiday ornaments being made using sweet creations cookie cutters


Use a smooth rolling pin 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.

Stamp it with either a holiday 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), 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 twine through the hole in the top of the ornament and hang it on your tree.

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1 comment

Jamie November 25, 2013 - 9:54 am

That is beautiful Tonya!! And so elegant and looks so easy to create too. I’m trying out my first Handmade Ornaments this year.. We’ll see how they turn out lol


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