Eco Christmas ornaments using air-drying clay.

Festive clay Christmas ornaments! Homemade clay ornaments are beautiful and easy DIY Christmas ornaments and a simple Christmas craft to make this holiday season. In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to make clay ornaments with air dry clay.

Clay holiday ornaments are very easy and beautiful! It takes just a few minutes to make homemade clay ornaments for Christmas and decorating air dry clay is a lot of fun, too. You definitely need to add these cookie-cutter ornaments to your list of clay ornament ideas!

How do you make clay ornaments? Grab your Christmas cookie cutters and let’s find out how to make clay ornaments with air drying clay.

  • It’s best to work on a hard, smooth surface. I lined the rolling area with parchment/baking paper because found that the clay was easier to lift from the paper, but that isn’t absolutely necessary.
  • Take a chunk of modeling clay and knead it for a minute to warm it up.
  • Place the clay on the work surface and begin to roll. Start rolling from the centre going outwards until the clay is approximately in 1/8 in/ 0.3 cm to 1/4 in/ 0.5 cm thick.
  • To emboss a pattern, press the fabric on the clay and roll over with the rolling pin.
  • Using cookie cutters, cut out as many holiday ornaments as will fit on the clay.
  • Gently pull off the clay around the Christmas ornaments.
  • Using a wooden chopping stick, make a hole in the top of each ornament.
  • Smooth the edges with your fingers.
  • Pick up each ornament and place on a lined cutting board or cookie sheet/tray to dry, making sure each ornament is as flat as possible.
  • Let dry for 24 hours. Turn the ornaments and let dry for another 24 hours.
  • Once completely dry, tie with ribbon or twine for hanging.
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