Pressed Clay Ornaments

When I first found the inspiration for these little ornaments, I knew they’d become my new favorite DIY ornament. I love how clean these pieces look, and it’s so easy and fun to personalize these and make them your own. The possibilities for creating new patterns and textures are endless! With the addition of the alphabet stamps, it’s easy to create custom ornaments that will look great on any present as well as on the tree.

Project Yield 
8 ornaments

Step-by-Step Tutorial

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    Gather your materials.
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    Lay out a sheet of wax paper, and use a rolling pin to roll out your white clay to about ¼” thick. Lightweight polymer clay in particular is great for this project because it makes ornaments that won’t weigh down the tree or add much bulk to a present, but any clay will work.
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    Almost any textured material can be used to create an impression, so at this stage feel free to experiment. If you’re not in love with what you create the first time, simply roll out the clay and try again. I played textures by using paper, lace, and natural materials, all of which gave me successful results.
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    When your texture is good to go, cut out the ornament with a cookie cutter. A circle works well for a gift tag, but you could make ornaments with any shape you like.
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    Using a dull knife, gently remove any excess clay from around the sides of the ornament, and use a straw to poke a hole in the top of your ornament.
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    If you want to add a word or a name, press the letters in gently with alphabet stamps. Your ornaments are almost finished! Next, bake your clay according to the instructions on its packaging.
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    When your ornaments have baked and cooled completely, cut a 6” piece of baker’s twine and tie it to the ornament. If you want to add some color, the baked ornaments can be painted with any acrylic paint. I used a metallic gold, but feel free to customize in whichever ways you like!

Instructions Summary

  1. Pull off a piece of the clay and roll it out to ¼”. Choose a textured paper or lace.
  2. Place the paper or lace face-down on the clay. Roll gently over it, then remove to reveal the imprint.
  3. Cut out your ornament with the cookie cutter and remove the excess clay.
  4. Use the letter stamps to personalize your ornament.
  5. Poke a hole with the straw and bake at 275°F for 15 minutes.
  6. Cut a piece of twine and tie it through the hole to hang your ornament.