Do-it-Yourself Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Handmade Ornaments for Christmas
Our Christmas tree is decorated each year with our own handmade Christmas ornaments, and each year we purchase or make a special ornament that represents our year. Sometimes it is hard to find a store bought ornament that represents the past year, so we end up making an ornament instead which makes it that much more memorable and special. We also exchange ornaments with relatives at Christmas. A personal handmade ornament is something special to receive.
Photo by Gayle Dowell
Step by Step Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornament
Easy, easy, easy and just a few supplies are needed for this handmade Christmas ornament craft. So easy even the kids will love this one. Here are the materials needed to make these personalized ornaments:
Air Dry Clay - not all are made the same...do not use Crayola Brand, it will not hold up.
Snowflake cookie cutters
Craft paint - I used blue metallic
clay rolling pin or something else to flatten the clay
alphabet stamps and other snowflake stamps
emery board or nail file
Supplies for Air Dry Clay Snowflake Ornament
Great lightweight clay that is easy to work with and for a great price!
Cookie cutters in the snowflake design. They come in different sizes which is great in making custom ornaments.
I love the metallic sheen of this blue paint for the snowflake ornaments. Adds a nice touch.
Any lace paper or lace itself will work. Love the paper doilies as they are disposable when they get worn.
Everyone needs a set of alphabet stamps. I my sets all the time!
Roll Out the Clay
Using a clay roller, roll out the air dry clay to an even thickness of about 1/4". Make sure to roll out enough clay so that a shape can be cut from it using the snowflake cookie cutters.
Before cutting out snowflakes shapes with the cookie cutters, use snowflake stamps, textures and paper doilies, and impress the objects into the clay leaving space later for names to be added. When adding texture from the paper doilies, I use a piece of glass on top of the paper to give me a good support for pressing the doilie into the clay (see second picture below).
Use a snowflake cookie cutter to cut out a snowflake from the textured clay.
Before the clay dries, use alphabet stamps to stamp names in the spaces that were not textured.
Let shapes dry. When thoroughly dry, file any rough edges using an emery board.
Using the metallic blue paint, or any paint of choice, apply liberally using a brush. Immediately wipe excess off with a paper towel. Let dry thoroughly and spray with a clear lacquer to protect the ornament.
Holiday Crafts and Creations has a great step by step tutorial for making these wonderful handmade icy snowflake Christmas ornaments from glue and string! This is a great little kid and big kid project. I can see using these in the windows as well as the tree.
Adaptation: You could embed inside each snowflake words or pictures. The glue is just transparent enough to reveal added paper treasures. This will allow you to personalize them.
Image Credit: Holiday Crafts and Creations
Crochet? Let it Snow!
For those who crochet, these snowflake Christmas ornaments would be a cinch to make and would be so beautiful. Can you imagine a tree lit with all white lights and all white snowflake ornaments in all different patterns?
Adapt a Store-Bought Ornament
We have several commercial Christmas ornaments that we have personalized and made our own. Because we love to travel and have had the opportunity to travel around the world, we purchased a globe ornament. Our adaptation was to put a little red dot where we had traveled and the year that we traveled to that destination. Whenever we travel, we can put a dot on our globe as a reminder of our trips.