It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We are so excited to start with all the holiday crafter-noons. As we approach December we start to think of all that we need to buy and do before the holidays start. I say we take some time to sit down and enjoy a relaxing craft together. We are going to grab some clay and yarn and make a simple, modern, ornament that can be used on your tree or for the entire year on your wall. Grab your friends and some clay and let’s get crafting together.
Knife or Clay Cutter
Start by breaking off how much clay you need. For one ornament I used about two rows of clay. Warm the clay in your palms and start molding into a ball.
Use your rolling pin to make a flat surface about 1/4 of an inch thick.
Use your sculpting knife to create whatever shape your heart desires! You could also use a cookie cutter for a more precise shape but the look we are going for is more organic. The inspiration for these ornaments come from a rainbow.
After you create the shape you want, make a hole for the yarn at the top and the bottom of the clay.
Collect all the letters for the name, names, or word you want to put on the ornament. We are going to put our kids name on each one for these ornaments! Place the stamps all together and press down gently where you want the word to appear.
Heat your oven to 250º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. The instructions say to bake fifteen minutes for every 1/4 inch of clay so it should only have to take 15 minutes!
While the clay is baking, let’s work on the yarn tassels. Use your four fingers to wrap the yarn around about 20 times until you get the thickness you want. Create a little ball at the top and wrap yarn around it and tie in a knot. Use your scissors to cut the fringe as short as you like. We made our tassel as long as it could be with even fringe.
Once your tassel is finished, let’s tie it to the baked clay. One simple hoop on the bottom with a double knot. Then a quick single thread on the top to hold it on the tree.
The great part about these modern ornaments is that they do not have to just be for the holiday season. They don’t have to just be hung for a month then put away! They can be hung on your child’s wall or their door. You can make them as a gift for a friend or just for yourself.
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