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
- In a pot, cook the corn flour, baking soda and water over medium heat.
- 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.
- Once the dough has cooled, knead it out on a clean work surface that’s dusted in corn flour.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!