These children’s clay Christmas ornaments were a lovely project for my daughter and her Nana to make together during the holiday season. We chose a high-quality Sculpey polymer clay so that the ornaments will hopefully last for years. We just did plain white, but there are lots of colours of clay available!
Supplies for Children’s Clay Christmas Ornaments
Here are the supplies you’ll need to make children’s clay Christmas ornaments:
- Sculpey polymer clay (we used Preemo line clay in white)
- Craft mat (we use a Gathre mat)
- Playdoh modeling clay tools
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
Get your supplies ready before starting this craft project!
How to Make Children’s Clay Christmas Ornaments
Here are the steps for making your own children’s clay Christmas ornaments:
- Unwrap the clay and cut a small piece of clay off the block. Start with about enough clay for one ornament.
- The clay needs to be “conditioned”, which means it needs to be worked – kind of like kneading bread. Roll out and re-roll the clay to encourage it to become malleable.
- Use a Playdoh roller to roll the worked clay into a flat pancake-like disc. Polymer clay does well in a 1/4″ thickness, but thicker or thinner is generally ok too.
- Use a Playdoh shape to cut out the shape of an ornament. Or, freeform create an ornament all on your own!
- Use the leftover bits of clay to add embellishments to the ornament if you like.
- Make a small hole in the top of the clay ornament using the toothpick. This will be the hole from which the ornament hangs from the tree. The hole should be big enough so that the ribbon will fit through it after the clay is baked.
- Get an adult to oven-bake the clay according to package directions. Let cool.
- Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole to create a loop for hanging the ornament.
That’s how to make children’s clay Christmas ornaments!