Clay Christmas ornaments

‘Tis the season to decorate and if you love DIY, you’re going to love this project.

In the following tutorial, Eleanor from Just Ella Bella explains how to make white clay from ingredients you have in the kitchen. Once you’ve made the clay, you can make sweet Christmas ornaments from it. Here’s everything you need to know …

What you need

  • One cup bicarbonate of soda (baking soda, not to be confused with baking powder)
  • Half a cup corn starch (corn flour)
  • Three quarters cup warm water
  • Cookie cutters and objects to emboss with
  • Twine

clay Christmas Collage

The tutorial

Step 1: Mix dry ingredients in a pan and stir through warm water.

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Step 2: Place on the stove and mix over a medium heat, stirring as it starts to bubble.

Step 3: Continue to stir till it thickens and starts to resemble a soft play-dough consistency, take it off the heat and leave it to cool for a few minutes.

Step 4: Turn it out onto the counter and knead it for a couple of minutes to make it pliable.

Step 5: It should look and feel like bright white play dough!

Step 6: Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and a straw to cut out holes to string twine through

Step 7: Decorate with whatever you like (I used a large patterned pendant to give a lacy effect on the hearts)

Step 8: The stars were decorated with letter stamps

Tip: Adding glitter will give a snowflake effect

About the DIY blogger

Eleanor is a craft-obsessed mom of one. She works in print media and makes and sells kids’ products online. She’s passionate about all kinds of DIY projects that are affordable and quick.

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