DIY CLAY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.in air dry clay, christmas, craft, diy
I made these clay Christmas tree decorations a few weeks ago and meant to share them sooner but somehow time slipped away from me and I never managed to get around to it. I know there's only 4 days until Christmas and not really enough time to make them this time around but it seems a pity not to share them and you can always bookmark and save them for next year.
I'm a big fan of air dry clay. I love making things with it. There's no baking or kiln needed, all you need to do is roll, cut and stamp and leave to dry. When I've used this clay in the past I normally roll it quite thin (you can fine my other clay crafts here) but this time I left it nice and thick to make a chunkier almost 3D decoration.
Here's how I made them.
Air dry clay // cookie cutters // rolling pin // customisable alphabet cookie stamps // cocktail stick or straw // sandpaper // bakers twine
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1. Knead the air dry clay until it is soft and pliable.
2. Roll out the clay. To make chunky decorations you need to roll the clay out to about 1/2 inch thick.
Remember the thicker the clay the longer it will take to dry and don't worry about the clay looking grey and sludgy when you get it out the packet, it turns a lovely matt white as it dries.
3. Use a cookie cutter and cut out your shapes.
4. Smooth out any rough edges with your fingertips and a little water.
5. Stamp your message into the clay.
6. Use a cocktail stick or a small straw to make a hole in the top of your decoration.
7. Leave to dry.
I've found the air dry clay can take several days to dry when it's thick so make sure to allow for plenty of drying time.
8. When dry sand away any rough edges.
9. Thread on some bakers twine and hang.
What do you think? I love the chalky whiteness of the clay and they look really pretty hanging up next to the fireplace on our berry garland.