Christmas is just around the corner and we want to help you create a stylish and festive home without spending a fortune.
This adorable DIY Christmas clay ornament tutorial is quick, easy and fun to make and is a great activity to involve the kids.
You can get as creative as you like with your ornaments. Keep the look minimalist and restrained using a circular cookie cutter and white paint, or go totally kitsch using fun shapes, brightly coloured paint and glitter!
Items you will need
- 1/2 cup corn flour (or corn starch if you are in America)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup water
- Tea towel
- Rolling pin
- Wooden spoon
- Measuring cups
- Cookie cutters
- Baking tray
- Baking paper
- Drinking straw
- Paint, glitter or other items to decorate
1. In a pot, cook the corn flour, baking soda and water over medium heat.
2. Continue stirring until it thickens and once it forms into a thick paste, remove it from the heat and cover the pot with a damp tea towel.
3. Once the dough has cooled, knead it out on a clean work surface that’s dusted in corn flour.
4. Roll the dough out until it’s about 3-5mm thick (if it’s too thick, it is more likely to crack or warp when you bake it in the oven).
5. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes you want and with the straw punch out a small hole at the top of the ornament so you can hang it.
6. Place the forms on a baking tray that’s lined with baking paper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 80 degrees. Flip the shapes over and bake for another 10-20 minutes. You will know they are ready when they become bright white all over.
7. Once they have cooled, paint or decorate them however you like! We painted the feature ornament in Haymes Minimalist 1 white paint and dipped a match stick in Haymes Gold Dabs paint to create the gold polka dots.
– You can leave the surface of your ornaments smooth or make impressions into the dough before you bake them — think cookie stamps that allow you to imprint words, leaves or flowers, or even your dog’s paw!