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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  1. I love the unpainted JOY ornament! Thanks so much for sharing this post!

  2. Gorgeous! That's a great clay recipe!

  3. Very Cute... My kids would love this!

    I would love for you to share it tomorrow evening on my link party over at I hope to see you there!

  4. Cute and very clever! Your ornaments turned out so pretty! Luv the glitter on them! :)

    xoxo laurie

  5. Super cute! These would be fun to make with my nieces.

  6. I love your clay and tp ornaments! I have both of them on my tree this year in different styles-I love your sparkly turquoise and stamped technique-you inspired me to make them this way :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. I would love for you to link up your ornaments here:

  8. 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.

  9. these are so darling I'd love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at

  10. i love these, they came out so pretty! going to make them with my kiddos this weekend! thanks for sharing!

  11. Featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time!

    Thnak you So much for Sharing!

  12. SO absolutely DARLING!!! LOVE them!! I will have to make some! Hope you can link these up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  13. 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!

  14. Great Post! I'll have to try it, going to pin it to my 'craft to make' board. Thanks for the Tutorial!

    Heading over {late} from Life Made Lovely. xx

  15. I love these! So simple but wonderful. And I like they can be out all winter long.
    I featured your ornaments on this week's Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!

  16. 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

  17. These turned out so beautifully! WOW - and I love the color! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Happy New Year,
    Beth =-)