Small gifts and tokens of appreciation are some of the most wonderful things to make and give to someone you care about. Some of my most treasured things are homemade, and often something my daughters have spent time and effort making for me.
The last few years we have made small homemade clay ornaments, to give as
small presents for Christmas. These ornaments are classics as we use white air drying clay, and twine in a neutral colour. It has become a yearly tradition, and we often invite friends and their children over so they too can participate. These small ornaments also make great gift- tags, or even as the gift itself.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Air drying clay (white fine clay that doesn’t need baking)
Bakers twine – I like to use black and natural, but any colour that suits you.
Rubber stamps with festive motifs (Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, snowmen, gingerbread cookies or just letters) (look on Etsy)
Festive cookie cutters (stars, hearts, Christmas trees, angels, snowmen)
Straws for making holes in the ornaments
Loads of Christmas music and Christmas cookies for getting you in the festive mood!
Take your clay and separate it into 4 sections
Take the first section and, on a clean surface, roll out the clay with a rolling pin. It has to be approximately 1/2 cm thick.
Get the cookie cutter of your choice, and ‘cut out the shape’ like you would cookie dough.
Remove excess clay, and with your finger gently make the frayed edges even
Make a small hanging hole at the top of the ornament for the twine using the top of a straw
Decorate the ornament with your stamp. You could write Merry Christmas, your name, make a picture of a snowman, use a stamp with lace pattern – whatever you fancy.
Leave to dry overnight. If the ornament starts ‘bending’, gently push it down, or turn around so the ornament gets as straight as possible.
Thread baker’s twine through the hole and give as a gift, or hang on your own Christmas tree.