Stamped Clay Ornaments

My name is Allison and I blog at little lovelies. I am really excited to be here on Craft Snob for this fun Christmas event! It is my favorite holiday and my favorite season and there is nothing more fun to decorate than a Christmas tree.

I tend to lean towards a simple, clean style, so I knew I wanted to make an ornament that reflected my style and would fit in with my home decor. I came up with these:

They are really easy to make, and would be a great craft to do with kids with different shaped cookie cutters and stamps.

Supplies:

  • clay (I used Sculpey oven bake clay)
  • round cookie cutter
  • straw
  • stamps
  • twine

Start by conditioning your clay. You just want to knead it in your hands until it is smooth and easy to work with. This is the longest part of the project, but it is an important one. If you don’t condition your clay enough, your baked ornament could be brittle.

Once you have conditioned your clay, roll it out and cut into circles using your round cookie cutter. Christmas shape cookie cutters would also work great.

After I had my circles cut out, I used a clear doily stamp set to make impressions on my clay.

Use a straw to make holes to string your ornament.

Bake according to directions, let cool, and string with twine.

Simple and lovely.

I would love for you to come visit me at little lovelies. I have lots more pretty Christmas projects planned, so feel free to stop by and see what I am up to.

19 Comments
  1. Oh, I love your ornaments parade!
    Can't wait til December to make these with my kids. 
    Thank you!
    M.

  2. I've been trying this with the flexible sculpey clay and my rubber stamp is sticking to the clay. Any tips? I've also heard not to use anything you'll use for food later in the process with sculpey clay. 

    • I used the oven bake clay, which is not sticky or too flexible at all. I don't know if it is different than the flexible clay you mentioned, but that may be what makes the difference. I also used clear stamps, which might also affect how it sticks. I wish I could help you more!
      And yes, you won't want to use your cookie cutters or straw for food again after a project like this. Our straw was thrown away, and the cookie cutter added to the craft junk. Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. This latest batch of ornament is so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing such a fantastic series, I'll be linking.

  4. Oh, I love these! I want to make some with my daughters next month!!

  5. Lovely ornaments :)  I really like how simple they are!

  6. These turned out so elegant! I think I'll let the kids make some this weekend – which won't look as pretty as yours, but will still be fun. :)

  7. I saw this on pinterest and think these are so beautiful!  Thanks for the tutorial.  I tried making them and used sculpey clay, and they turned out okay, but I wonder if I did something wrong with the clay–they ended up being very rubbery (though I baked it for the suggested amount of time).  Perhaps polymer clay always ends up rubbery?  I'm used to the feel of earthenware clay, I guess.  Has anyone done this using earthenware clay?  I don't know the first thing about it–where to buy it, how to bake it (would I need a kiln?) etc. 

    • Hi Heather – I am not sure why your clay turned out rubbery. Mine were not very flexible at all. Did you use the oven bake clay? That is what I used, and I also follwed the baking instructions exactly – I rolled the clay out to 1/4 inch thick and baked accordingly. The only thing I can think is that maybe your clay was rolled thicker and stayed rubbery? As long as you like them and they don't break easily, I'd say you have nothing to worry about.
      As for earthenware clay…. I can't help you out :) Maybe someone else knows something about it and will be able to share some info.

  8. Planning on making some of these with the kids over Thanksgiving.  Do you know if color can be added??

    • They do make colored clay if you wanted to go that route. But I don't see why you couldn't paint them. The only thing I would worry about is paint flaking off over time. In that case, I would spray them with some sort of clear sealer. When we painted ornaments as kids, my mom would spray them with a clear sealer and we still have some of them. Hope this helps you!

      • Thanks!  I also saw some colored glitter type material in the same section as the clay… I might try that too. 

  9. I absolutely LOVE this! I am making this for sure, thank you for sharing your talent!

  10. Great idea! These could also work on a smaller scale maybe as flute charms for a wedding.

  11. Hi there!  I thought that this was so great that I featured it in my "100 Jolly Christmas Crafts & Decorations"! Have a great day! http://www.aspectacledowl.com/100-christmas-crafts-decorations/

  12. How many does this make?

  13. I'm not sure if it worked the first time so I'll try again, but do you know how many a package of that clay will make?

    • Eliza – I’m really not sure. I think it would depend on the thickness and size of each ornament you make.

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