358. clay ornaments.

ornaments

Milo and I made these clay ornaments using a recipe I found on pinterest. We rolled out the dough, cut them out using cookie cutters, and then baked them and let them dry. We painted them, used sharpies and glittered them. We had alot of fun doing it, and are giving some as christmas gifts.

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. Stir this mixture over medium-low heat. You are going to stir this mixture until it is smooth and no longer feels stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir constantly, after a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, thick mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl. Cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool.

When the clay has cooled, knead it on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch. To avoid cracking you need to make sure the clay is well kneaded before rolling. Knead in a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky. Store the clay in a sealed bowl or bag. It will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature before you use it.


Line the baking sheet with waxed paper if you want to let them dry naturally. Turn them every day to avoid curling. This just takes longer than drying them in a low temperature oven.

Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration Place them in the oven for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.

351. holiday ornament crafternoon.

ORNAMENTS copy

I had a few friends come over for a holiday crafternoon.

The idea was that everyone bring an ornament to make, and we all make it! We made five ornaments total.
Not pictured is the fabric scrap ball I made earlier in the week (which was a hit!)

1. Then we made sequin ball ornaments…which I am OBSESSED With. Im going to be making a bunch more of these once I get more sequins! Here is a tutorial on how to make them.

2. We made another ornament where we took a christmas bulb shaped ornament and put glittery pipe cleaners and colorful beads inside.

3. We made something similar with a glass ball ornament where we wrapped twine around the top and stuffed it with shredded paper.

4. And lastly, we made these little bird nest ornaments. We glued an egg carton holder to a clothespin, glued grass inside, glued a puffy ball inside that, and glued eyes and a popcorn kernel for a nose. These were intended for the kiddos to make, but they were not interested, so we made them instead.

This was a super fun afternoon! Thinking of doing them a few times throughout the year, and definitely annually!

333. animal ornaments

 


I turned some little plastic toys into instant ornaments using spraypaint, eyelets and fishing line.