Making a clay Christmas tree ornament

There’s nothing more fun than working with clay to make “stuff” – it’s basically a step up from play-doh and you can make really beautiful things is just a few simple steps. In fact I decided to challenge myself to see just how much we could achieve with one pack of terracotta clay. I have lots of really easy Christmas crafts to try but this is a favourite.

For this craft you will need:

  • Clay
  • Cookie cutters in the shape of a tree and a star
  • A rolling pin
  • A wooden skewer
  • Buttons
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • String

First things first roll out your clay and use your cookie cutters to create your shapes. This is the most fun part for Arlo and sometimes we do go a little off piste with the creativity. I sit beside him and lay each piece carefully down on a sheet of grease proof paper – and make little holes in the right places for them to hang.

I use a skewer, alphabet stampers and other random kitchen implements to make marks in to our clay – so for the tree we poked in a few random holes to place the buttons as baubles. Then everything gets left to thoroughly dry. This takes about 2/3 days in a warm spot in the house.

Once our clay was dry (and you can tell as it changes colour slightly) we got to work with some paints: green to paint the tree, gold for the star and some lights and then we finally stuck the buttons in to the little dents before tying everything together with candy cane string.

We have so many little pieces of clay to paint and decorate that this is something we can pull out on a rainy day to do. We have been working on our gingerbread people for quite a long time and I think we have enough for a full Garland… not to mention some other festive shapes and decorations too.

I have lots of other Christmas crafts for kids for you to explore on my blog – let us know if you try any of these out!

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