DIY Clay Ornaments


Here’s what you’ll need…

• 1 box baking soda (about 2 cups)
• 1 cup cornstarch
• 11/2 cups water
• Sauce pan
• Bowl
• Spoon
• Plastic wrap

Here’s how you make it…


Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring consistently, until it is too thick to stir with a spoon.

Cool for 15 minutes, or until the dough is cool enough to touch. Knead it for about 5 minutes, or until smooth. If somewhat sticky I used a little cornstarch on my counter and hands to help.

Once you have molded it, it will take 1-2 days for the clay to dry. I used cookie cutters to make shapes and then used stamps to imprint with words or shapes.

Here are a few of the unpainted ornaments.




I colored the ornaments with a mixture of water and food coloring. I highlighted the imprint with glitter. You can paint also.







I had a few like this one that cracked or had bumps. I am going to try to sand with a light sandpaper to see if that takes out some of the imperfections.


I also experimented with making a ornament out of a toilet paper roll. I think we have all seen these and other crafts made from a TP roll.

I was very pleased with how it turned out also!



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20 thoughts on “DIY Clay Ornaments

  1. This is perfect:) I am seriously loving your post! It is so inspirational and informative. I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable ( I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

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  2. Thanks for the inspiration. I've been trying to think of something to do with the red fimo I accidentally bought a few weeks ago. Now I'll just have to keep an eye out for something to make the pretty imprints.


  3. I've never seen this recipe for clay before. I have some salt dough ornaments baking as we speak, but maybe tomorrow I will try my hand at this. I like the turquoise color you used, and the tp roll ornament is great!


  4. Hi Chas, I love your clay ornaments. How delightful and what a lovely project to make with the kiddies. I'll hve to keep that one in mind for a later time. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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