Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

15 Fun Baked Salt Dough Crafts

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

If you’re a mom, a teacher, or even just a DIY enthusiast, then you probably know a lot about dough. Baking dough for pizza and homemade bread is something you’ll work with often if you cooking or baking.

Play Dough is something you’ve probably got a home recipe for on call if there are kids in your life.

Our favourite kind of homemade dough, however, isn’t actually either of these! If you’ve never made salt dough before then you’re in for a whole lot of crafting fun.

Check out these 15 awesome DIY projects that are easy to make and even come with tutorials for how the salt dough itself is made!

Working with salt dough is a lot of fun because it starts out malleable, meaning you can mould it into just about anything and cut it into shapes very easily.

 At the same time, it dries solidly if you leave it sitting out in the open over night, making it perfect for moulding decorative ornaments.

We love the way Grubby Little Faces used cookies cutters to make snowflake shaped ornaments, treating the salt dough just cookie dough.

2. Salt dough hand prints

One of the best things about working with salt dough is how many different kinds of crafts you can make with it and how many different techniques you can use.

If you’re not really into the idea of cutting shapes out, maybe you’d prefer impressing an image into the dough instead? Pinstake suggests creating a salt dough handprint that will preserve the size of your kids’ hands just the way they are right now before they grow up.

3. Salt dough fossils

Have you ever seen fossil rocks and observed how awesome the shape of a prehistoric plant or dinosaur bone looks impressed into the surface of a rock after years of decompression underground? When we first showed our kids what fossils looked , they were obsessed for months after. That’s why we showed them how to make their own fossils from salt dough! Adventures At Home With Mum shows you how to make different shapes that look just the real thing.

4. Salt dough heart necklace

When you work with crafting tools that let you create from the very beginning, do you prefer moulding your own shapes so you can really make the piece custom and the way you want it? Then salt dough is the perfect medium for you! Check out how Lady With the Red Rocker made these adorable little heart pendants and painted them to really catch people’s eye.

5. Salt dough footprints

Did you the idea of doing a kids’ handprint but you think you might save that for when your kids are a little bit older and can have fun helping you out? Well, you can still have fun documenting them with salt dough when they’re little! Follow Things for Boys‘ lead and make a little footprint plaque instead. We love the way they stamped the name and date on each side too!

6. Sparkly salt dough candleholders

We’ve talked a little bit about moulding with salt dough, but did you know that you can actually build things with a little bit more structured, you would with plasticine or clay? That’s why we loved this candle holder idea from Nurture Store. Well… that and the fact that they smothered the top of the holder in glitter, which is always a hit with us!

7. Salt dough leaf imprinting

Did you love the idea of imprinted leaves back when we talked about the salt dough fossils, but you’d rather immortalize the beauty of actual greenery from your garden? Well, that’s a lot simpler than you might think! Kids’ Activities Blog shows you how they made impressions that can be turned into all kinds of things, magnets or hanging ornaments.

8. Painted salt dough snowmen

If you’re excited about the idea of actually moulding and building things from salt dough, then we have a feeling you’ll be pretty pumped when you hear that you can take the process even further! Check out how Dollar Store Crafts not only built little decorative snowmen, but also painted them with cute little faces and buttons.

9. Bright salt dough sugar skulls

Are you looking for a project that you can do with friends on a girls’ night in style crafting session? Then you’ll want to choose something with lots of colour, fun detail, and the potential for customization so that you can all really make your own unique! Red Ted Art suggests making these cute little decorative sugar skulls that you can carve your own shapes and lines into and paint them however you please.

10. Stamped salt dough ornaments

If you’re the kind of DIY enthusiast who dabbles in many different things, you probably have a whole arsenal of stamps and things that can easily impress pretty detailed pictures into soft textures. These stunning silhouetted salt dough stamps from Branch Habitat would look nice hung on a ribbon from a mantle or in the window.

11. Fun textured salt dough

Do you love the idea of impressing shapes into your salt dough and creating all kinds of visuals and textures but you’d rather make it a craft that your kids will have fun with too? Check out how Art Club used all kinds of tools to create these fun shapes and textures, as well as how they coloured each trinket! Turn them into fridge magnets of Easter tree décor.

12. Salt dough image transfer

If you’ve ever done image transfer onto rocks or wood, then you already know just how fun the whole process and technique is. Did you know, though, that you can transfer images onto shapes that you’ve actually created yourself from scratch? That’s where salt dough comes in! Check this whole idea out on Pinterest.

13. Stamped quote ornaments

When we showed you the little footprint plaque idea, were you distracted from the footprint part by how cute the little stamped letters on the sides where the creator stamped their baby’s name and birthday? Well, nothing will stop you from using just that technique to create some cute ornaments! Check out how DIY Real stamped cute quotes into their dough!

14. Salt dough starfish

Have you always loved the look of seashells and starfish as décor but it kind of creeps you out to think about having an actual dried starfish sitting on your mantle since so many of the ones sold in stores are real? Then try making yourself a faux starfish salt dough instead! See how it’s done on Dollar Store Mom.

15. Silver salt dough pendant

Have you always admired silver jewelry pendants with shapes and images pressed into them but you don’t know how to work with or mould silver or metal? Lady With the Red Rocker is here to show you how salt dough can be the next best thing! Press and mould your pattern, let is dry, paint it silver, and voila! A stunning pendant.

Have you made other unique crafts with salt dough before that you very much enjoyed making but that you don’t see on our list? Tell us about what you made or link us to pictures of your work in the comments section!


45 DIY Christmas Ornaments — How To Make Holiday Ornaments 2019

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

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Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Gather up some Christmas-themed ornaments to make a few DIY'd ornaments. Trace the cookie cutters onto patterned paper and cut them out. Place a small line of glue around the edge of the cookie cutter and place cut paper on top, lining up all of the edges and let it dry. Attach a small loop of cord to the back of the ornament, let dry, and hang.

What You'll Need:Patterned paper ($9, Amazon)

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Honeycomb Paper Ornaments

Draw half a bell or oval onto folded paper balls (we used ones 8” in diameter) in mixed colors and carefully cut out the shape. Then unfold the paper ball and use doublestick tape to attach both ends.

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Reindeer Ornament

On a gold ornament, paint two circles of white where they overlap for an area for the eyes and let dry. Paint two black dots for eyes in the center of the two white circles and let dry.

Paint a black (or red for Rudolph) nose in the center where the two white circles meet and add a little mouth shape underneath the nose and let dry. Attach the twig antlers to the top of the ornament with hot glue.

Cut out a triangle ear shape from brown construction paper and bend inwards slightly and put a thin line of hot glue right in front of the twig antler and glue down.

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Santa Ornament

On a red ornament, paint a thick line of black paint around the middle of the ornament and let dry. Cut out a small rectangle of the gold glitter paper and cut a smaller rectangle in the middle to make it look a belt buckle. Then hot glue the buckle to the center of the black line to look a Santa belt.

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Dangling Star Ornaments

Baking up a simple salt dough is a kid-friendly activity.

1. Mix 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour, and 3/4 cups of water (and optional food coloring). Knead until mixed.2. Roll out dough and cut with star-shaped cookie cutters.3. Use a skewer to poke a hole in the top.

4. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes. Hot glue decorative sequins.

What You'll Need: Star-shaped cookie cutters ($12, Amazon)

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Fluffy Santa Ornament

A giant pom pom makes for one soft and cuddly Santa.

1. Cut a 3″ x 3″ square of red felt into 2 triangles, then use hot glue to attach on 2 sides.2. Hot-glue faux-fur trim around the bottom and a small white pom-pom.3. Twist silver craft wire into 2 loops and trim edges to create Santa's glasses.

4. Hot-glue the glasses and a small pink pom-pom nose to make his face.

What You'll Need: Craft wire ($8, Amazon); red felt ($6, Amazon)

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Party Cactus Ornament

Warm-weather vibes are welcome even if there's snow on the ground.

1. Trace a cactus onto 2 pieces of green felt and cut.2. Sew rows of white thread in an embroidery stitch onto 1 side of green felt. Then, sew the pieces together, leaving the bottom open.3. Next, stuff Poly-Fil inside and sew closed.4. Thread a neutral string through a needle and poke through pom-poms.

5. Wrap string around cactus arms and tie in the pack.

What You'll Need: Poly-Fil ($12, Amazon)

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Sparkling Angel Ornament

This tinsel-fied trinket is a sweet gift — if you can part with it!

1. Cut body and wings decorative paper.2. Hot-glue 1″ doll pin head to 4.25″ doll pin. Draw face with colored pencils.3. Wrap paper in cone shape around doll pin and hot-glue closed.4. Cut slits to insert wings into body, securing with hot glue.

5. Curl a piece of craft wire into a halo and hot-glue onto head.

What You'll Need: Doll pins ($6, Amazon)

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Colorblocked Finials

Give your Christmas tree a pop of color with these fun wooden ornaments painted in vibrant hues.

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

What You'll Need: Acrylic paint set ($18, Amazon)

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Elf Door Ornament

Adding a few embellishments to an adorable store-bought dollhouse staple takes just minutes.

1. Shape a twig of faux evergreen into a circle and wrap the end tightly around the stem to close. 2. Tie a small bow in plaid ribbon and hot-glue to bottom of wreath.

3. Attach to a fairy door with hot glue.

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Itty-Bitty Luggage Ornament

Tiny suitcases are just the ticket for a travel lover's tree.

1. Trace an Altoids tin on a sheet of glitter paper to create front and back panels. Cut a thin strip (0.88″ x 11.5″) to cover the sides of the tin.2. Cut 2 pieces of cloth ribbon 11″ long to make the handles and hot-glue to the top of the tin while wrapping it around to make a handle on each side.

3. Attach tiny stickers or travel-sized print outs.

What You'll Need: Altoids ($15, Amazon); assorted Christmas stickers ($11, Amazon)

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Kissing Ball

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Mud Cloth Ornaments

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Antler Wood Slice Ornaments

Get some wood slices from your local craft store and create this rustic antler ornament using an antler template and a wood burning tool.

Get the tutorial at Cherished Bliss.

What You'll Need: Hot wood burning tool ($22, Amazon)

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Cinnamon Scented Ornaments

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DIY Christmas Ornaments Jingle Bells

Jingle all the way into Christmas with these playful DIY ornaments, made with large bells and silver pipe cleaners.

Get the tutorial at The Girl Creative.

What You'll Need: Silver pipe cleaners ($8, Amazon)

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Burlap Reindeer Ornament

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Santa Ornament

This homemade decoration recycles an old red ornament, then uses black electrical tape, silver tape, and a jumbo chenille stem (or cotton balls) to make an extra-round Santa.

Get the tutorial at Sew Many Ways.

What You'll Need: Black electrical tape ($5, Amazon)

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Anywhere Ornaments

Spread seasonal greetings with these cute pieces perfect for your tree, staircase, doorknobs or chairbacks.

Spread Joy: Paint wooden letters J and Y with red acrylic paint. Wrap a wooden letter O with green yarn; use hot glue to secure ends and attach a small bow and gems. To attach letters, arrange them facedown, then hot-glue small card stock strips from one letter to the next. To hang, hot-glue a loop of baker's twine to the back of the O.

Old St. Nick: Use our free template to cut a hat from felt; hot-glue to a 4″ wood circle and add a pompom on top. Hot-glue two black-bead eyes, a 1/2″ wooden circle nose, and wooden teardrop ears. From white faux craft fur, cut and hot-glue semicircle beard and two teardrops as a mustache. To hang, hot-glue a loop of ribbon to the back.

Festive Llama: Use our templates to make a green saddle, brown eyes, white hair, and a white nose from felt. Cut the body, back legs, and snout from white felt, then again from card stock. Mount each felt piece on top of a card stock piece for structure.

Hot-glue the back legs behind the body, then glue the snout, hair, and eyes in place. Add white felt dots as eye highlights. Hot-glue on saddle and red pompom trim, followed by more pompom trim around the neck and ankles. To hang, hot-glue a loop of ribbon to the back.

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Christmas Star Ornaments

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Photo Ornaments

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Countdown to Christmas

Decorate your tree one day at a time with this charming Advent calendar that counts down to Christmas day.

1. Cover a 21″ x 24″ foam board in fabric and secure at the back with hot glue.

2. Hang store-bought manila tags in rows from straight pins and add your own ornaments.

3. To mark each date, punch holes in wood craft circles, stamp on numbers and hang above the ornaments so little fingers know what's ready for the tree.

Get the tutorials for all 24 DIY ornaments.

What You'll Need: Manila tags ($7, Amazon)

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Confetti Ornaments

Dip plain ornaments in colorful confetti for some added glitz.

Get the tutorial at Unusually Lovely.

What You'll Need: Confetti ($16, Amazon)

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Sparkling Star

Add some sparkle to your tree by carefully pushing whole and halved toothpicks into a 11⁄2″ foam ball. Then, apply 1 or 2 coats of silver spray paint. While still wet, dust fine silver glitter over the ornament and use a dab of hot glue to attach a string for hanging.

What You'll Need: Silver spray paint ($10, Amazon); assorted foam balls ($12, Amazon); toothpicks ($6, Amazon)

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Disney Princess-Inspired Ornaments

Channel your favorite Disney princesses while making these Christmas ornaments with sequins, glitter, and stickers. This one resembles Snow White.

Get the tutorial at As the Bunny Hops.

What You'll Need: Blue sequins ($6, Amazon)

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Porcelain-Look Wreath Ornaments

As pearly and flawless as porcelain, this elegant ring — lovely as a gift topper or hung on a tree in multiples — is made with polymer clay.

Get the tutorial.

What You'll Need: Acrylic clay roller ($8, Amazon)


Rustic Handmade Clay Christmas Ornaments

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

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Well my friends, the Holiday season is upon us and I’m officially sharing my very first Christmas post EVER here on making it in the mountains! Exciting, right?! This is going to be a very special season indeed.

Not only will it be my first Christmas as a blogger sharing in and feeding off of everyone’s excitement, but most importantly, this will be the first Christmas that our little guy will understand the magic of the season! At 2 1/2, he won’t just be able to enjoy how pretty a Christmas tree looks all lit up, or crying on Santa’s knee, he’ll be able to take part in the magic of it all – decorating, making gifts, making his own list (with some help of course), watching holiday movies, looking at Christmas lights, reading Christmas stories, leaving out milk, cookies & carrots for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve, and of course waking up to a ton of fun presents on Christmas morning! This really is going to be our most special Christmas yet!

Though we haven’t exactly set up our tree(s) yet, I’ve already started crafting some decorations! My hope is to decorate one of our trees (in our new home, I can finally have two!!!) entirely with handmade ornaments! Ambitious? You bet! But, when have you ever known me to back down from a challenge? Especially one I’ve handed down myself! And of course, what better way to kick things off, than with 30+ Handmade Ornament ideas?!


I’m SO excited to share these little clay Christmas ornaments with y’all today and you won’t believe how incredibly simple they were to make!


I started by rolling out some Air Dry Clay to about 1/8 inch thick and cutting out my shapes. I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a circle, but you could use almost anything really.


I then added a bit of texture to my clay by pressing some different fabrics onto the front – I tried burlap, linen and lace and I especially loved adding a bit of detail with the edges of an old lace doily I had laying around (thanks Gram!).


I also added some Christmas text to some by stamping small letters into the clay. Finally, I poked a hole through each ornament so that I would have a way to hang them.


After letting the clay dry for 24 hours I added a coat of champagne acrylic paint to a few of the ornaments just to add a bit of sparkle, but I was also sure to leave some just the way they were because I loved the rustic look of the plain clay so much too!

With a bit of jute or ribbon tied through them, these pretty ornaments are ready for our Christmas tree – you know, just as soon as our Christmas tree is ready for them!


I cannot believe how simple these clay ornaments were to make and I couldn’t be happier with how these sweet little ornaments turned out!


If you’re looking for even more DIY ornament inspiration, here are ton of lovely ideas!!!

Wishing you SUCH a lovely Sunday!!!

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28 DIY Salt Dough Ornament Ideas – How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

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Doughnut Salt Dough Ornaments

Calling all sweet tooths! Don't be fooled by these doughnut ornaments—they're actually made salt dough and look good enough to eat.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.


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Photo Frame Salt Dough Ornaments

Talk about a keepsake! Not only are these ornaments meaningful because you made them with your children, but they can also feature your little ones.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.


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Christmas Tree Salt Dough Ornaments

If you're not sure what to make, you can't go wrong with a classic Christmas tree. The best part about these tiny ornaments is that you can decorate them however you . Tie with a bow, add sprinkles, or make them shine with glitter—the choice is yours!

Get the tutorial at Dear Crissy.


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Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornaments

If your family is gluten-free, you may not have flour readily available. Don't worry! You can still make gluten-free salt dough ornaments that are just as pretty.

Get the tutorial at This Mess Is Ours.


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Santa Handprint Salt Dough Ornaments

Turn your child's handprint into a masterpiece with this clever project. Just have them press down into the dough, cut around the print, and paint away.

Get the tutorial at Momma Society.


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Salt Dough Ornaments

Michigan homeowners Christine and Gabe Bridger have a jolly time making these decorations with their kids.

To create your own, combine 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 1/2 cups of warm water in a mixing bowl. Knead until the dough is firm and smooth.

Roll out dough and cut desired shapes (use a straw to poke a hole for hanging). Bake at 300°F until dry, approximately 1 hour; cool completely.


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Salt Dough Finger Print Ornaments

Even the tiniest tots can lend a finger to create these easy-to-make decorations.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

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Melted Snowman Salt Dough Ornament

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'Trolls' Salt Dough Ornament

Kids will have a blast transforming their handprint into one of the characters from Trolls.

Get the tutorial at Viva Veltoro.


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Initial Salt Dough Ornaments

These gilded baubles are a thoughtful—and easy—gift for a newlyweds' first Christmas.

Get the tutorial at Burlap and Blue.


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Salt Dough Olaf Ornament

Do you want to build a snowman… ornament? Your kids will love making this adorable Olaf decoration (right after watching Frozen for the hundredth time).

Get the tutorial at Viva Veltoro.


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Simple Salt Dough Mitten Ornament

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Classic Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough can be transformed into fun, festive ornaments these with cookie cutters and a little paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial at Wholefully.

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No-Bake Salt Dough Ornaments

No oven, no problem. Just let these simple salt dough ornaments air dry before decorating them with paint pens and holiday stamps.

Get the tutorial at Tag & Tibby.

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Salt Dough Star Ornaments

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Hand-Stamped Salt Dough Decorations

We think you'll give these personalized ornaments your stamp of approval.

Get the tutorial at Twiggy Nest.

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Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

A classic stamp is the trick to salt dough ornaments that look professionally made.

Get the tutorial at Oleander and Palm.

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Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments

Don't forget about your furry friend this season! Personalize these ornaments with your pup's paw print.

Get the tutorial at One Little Project.

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Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments

These gingerbread ornaments look and smell just your favorite Christmas cookies.

Get the recipe at Sprinkle Bakes.

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'Guess How Much I Love You' Salt Dough Ornaments

Your little one will love making these precious ornaments inspired by the children's book Guess How Much I Love You.

Get the tutorial at Emma Owl.

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Salt Dough Candy Cane Ornaments

These ornaments are simple and sweet, just a real candy cane.

Get the tutorial at Fun at Home With Kids.

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Pine Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

Pine branches are the trick to creating this picture-perfect design without the hassle.

Get the tutorial at Easy Peasy and Fun.

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Cinnamon-Scented Ornaments

It's beginning to look, and smell, a lot Christmas thanks to these dazzling ornaments.

Get the tutorial at Smart School House.


DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments
Disclaimer: Affiliate links have been included to help guide you to the perfect products for making these stamped clay Christmas ornaments.

These stamped clay ornaments inspired by the book Winter Days in the Big Woods are a fun and unique handmade craft to make with the kids this holiday season.

Each one features a snowy scene that you and your child can stamp and design. Gather the kids for a crafting session because this is a Christmas ornament craft you aren't going to want to pass by!
Each year the kids and I have a BIG crafting session where we make a new handmade ornament inspired by a children's book.

It's become a tradition I look forward to year after year. Of course, we make other crafts and ornaments throughout the holiday season, but there is always one that's dubbed the special ornament of the year.

I must be in a mood for all things woodsy and rustic because not only did I decorate our Christmas tree in a rustic farmhouse theme, but it also seems to be the direction our handmade ornaments took this year. I love these little ornaments so much that I dove right in with the kids and made a few for myself.

You won't be able to resist making some too–right along with your sweet kiddos!
Have you seen the My First Little House Books? There are several in the series including A Little Prairie House, Christmas in the Big Woods, Going to Town, and Winter in the Big Woods which inspired these clay stamped ornaments.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic books are able to be enjoyed by a younger audience with these beautifully illustrated storybooks. They collectively tell the story of a little pioneer girl whose family traveled across the Midwest. Each one also shares stories of friendship, family, and love.

They're sweet tales to cuddle up with and read to the kids during the cold months of winter..or anytime!
“Outside it was cold and snowy, but the little log cabin was snug and cozy. Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, and Baby Carrie were comfortable and happy in their little house in the Big Woods.

Can't you just see it?! That cozy house sitting among the tall trees and drifts of snow! That's exactly the image that plays out on these sweet clay ornaments. Twigs and stamps create the scenes on an oven-bake white clay. You and your kids create the memories as you mold, stamp, cut, and bake snowy white clay into beautiful ornaments that you'll cherish for years. Ready to make one? Awesome! But I have to give you fair warning. You won't be able to stop at just one. Let's get started…

Stamped Clay Ornaments



1. Work the clay in your hands for a few minutes to soften it. Press it into a flat disc and place it on parchment paper. Roll the clay out to a 1/4 inch thickness.

2. Firmly press evergreen twigs into the clay. You can use a rolling pin to help leave an impression. Slowly pull the twigs off. If any pieces from the twigs get stuck, gently pull them out.

3. You can also use stamps to make designs. Firmly press a stamp into the clay and lift it off.

4. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired portion of the stamped clay. Roll the dough up and begin the process again to make even more ornaments.

5. Press a straw into the top of each clay cutout to make a hole for the ribbon. Use the tip of a pen or pencil to carefully etch initials and dates into the back of the clay ornaments.

6. Place the clay pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. Be careful not to overbake. Allow them to cool completely. The clay will harden more as it cools. I used an old baking sheet reserved only for crafting.

7. Once the clay pieces are cool, thread a ribbon through the hole of each one. You can also use jump rings to attach small charms to the ribbon. This is completely optional but it is a fun addition. Hang your ornaments on your tree and enjoy! You can even tuck a few into a gift box to give as a thoughtful present to a family member or friend. Most of all…have FUN!

Behind the Scenes

My kids had an absolute blast with this craft. I worried that my handmade ornament idea for this year was a tab bit ambitious for a 4, 6, and 8-year-old.

Even my youngest did an amazing job, though! We haven't done as much crafting lately as usual, but this reminded me how much I enjoy getting creative with the kids.

And, boy, did they get creative! They started using the leftover clay to make little snow mounds for the twigs–turning them into trees surrounded by snow drifts. That is when they weren't busy watching the oven for their ornaments to finish baking.

Do you make handmade ornaments with your kids? What traditions do you cherish most each year. I'd love to hear all about it in the comment section below. I'd also love for you to take a peek at the rest of this wonderful blog series!

This ornament post is part of the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments and Gifts series where you'll find 50+ ornament and gift ideas all inspired by children's books. For more craft inspiration, be sure to visit here or check out these fun ornaments!

Scrabble Tile Name Ornament / Happy Brown House
Mondrian Ornaments / Rainy Day Mum
Grinch Ornament / The Mama Workshop
Golden Snitch Ornaments / Castle View Academy
Fairies on Cherries Christmas Ornament / My Bright Firefly
STEM Ornaments / Preschool Powol Packets
Snowman Ornament / Schooling a Monkey
Christmas Tree Tassel Decoration / Creative World of Varya

Happy ornament making!

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DIY Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

In this post: Step by step directions with photos for making DIY air dry clay Christmas ornaments. These charming little tags make the perfect handmade gift!

A few months ago, I wrote a post telling the story of how air dry clay Christmas ornaments became a best seller in my handmade online shop. Writing that post was emotional for me, but everything hard we do, it was worth it in the end.

I promised I would do my best to get you a tutorial so you can make the ornaments yourself…and in time for this holiday season. I wasn’t sure I would make it, but here we are. It’s finished and ready to go.

These sweet ornaments are a lovely handmade gift for a loved one…or for yourself. Enjoy!

To read our clay ornament story, click {HERE.}

Affiliate links included. Click HERE for my disclosure statement.

Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments Supplies Needed:

Prepare the rolling area by taping down two skewers about six inches apart. (You need a hard, smooth surface.)

Tear off a chunk of clay and mold it in your hands. Knead it several times until it warms up.

Place the clay between the skewers and begin to roll.

The skewers will gauge the thickness of the tags, so roll and smooth until the pin glides smoothly over the skewers.

Using cookie cutters, cut out as many tags as will fit on the clay.

Gently pull off the clay around the tags.

Pick up each tag and before placing on a cookie sheet, smooth the edges with your fingers.

After placing on a cookie sheet, make sure each tag is as flat as possible.

At this point, do your stamping (if desired.)

Air Dry Clay Stamping Tips:

  • Choose short words. Six letters or less is about all that fits on a tag. 
  • Hold the alphabet stamps tight together (as pictured below) and stamp an entire word at the same time. For the word “peace,” I stamped the first four letters and then added the “e” on the end. 
  • Watch the pressure when you apply the stamps. If you press too hard, the outline of the stamp will show. 

Using the sucker stick, make a hole in the top of each tag.

Let dry for 24 hours.

Carefully turn each tag and let dry for another 24 hours.

When completely dry, tie on a piece of twine for a hanger.

Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments Tips

  • The skewers guarantee that the tags will be uniform in thickness. If you use a wider rolling pin (ours is 8 inches) place the skewers further apart.
  • Anything will work for a rolling area as long as it’s smooth. If you have a pie crust mat, that’s perfect. The clay easily washes off with soap and water. 
  • Practice makes (almost) perfect. It’s helpful to practice rolling and cutting a few times before making tags to keep.
  • Leftover clay can be re-used. The clay that is pulled off around the cut-outs can be re-rolled. If you make a mistake, just mold and roll again.
  • When the ornaments are dry, the edges can be smoothed with a small nail file. 
  • How many ornaments can you get from the 2.2 lb. package of air dry clay? That depends on so many things…but my best guess is between 30 and 35. That’s if you roll out with scewers and use 3 -4 inch cutters. 

These ornaments are far from perfect…there are wrinkles and cracks. I believe that’s part of their charm, so just embrace the imperfections.

No two are a and if you give them as gifts, the recipients will know you took the time to make them something handmade. I think that’s pretty special.

A printable copy of this tutorial is available to my email subscriber’s in the Member’s Only Library. If you aren’t on my list, and would to join, click {HERE.} You will receive instant access to the library where you can download the air dry clay Christmas ornaments tutorial.

If you read our clay tag story, you know that these ornaments are close to my heart. I can’t tell you how happy I am that this tutorial is finished and at your fingertips.

I’ve been thinking about it for two years and I’m honestly not sure what actually made me finally do it. Whatever it was, I’m glad the inspiration hit at exactly the right time.

Thank you so much for taking a look. Until next time…


Vintage Inspired Air Dry Clay Ornaments – The Crowned Goat

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

With the holidays right around the corner, we’re sharing how to make vintage inspired air dry clay ornaments with you today!

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two holidays we look forward to celebrating every year and I know so many of you do too.  Yes, it’s crazy hot outside, but all the hustle and bustle will be here before we know it!

Besides, there are a lot of simple ways we can prepare now for the holiday season

We’ve already started looking through books, magazines and Pinterest for everything from new recipes to Christmas decorating inspiration. 

In one of the magazines, I found a picture of a gorgeous bowl.  The bowl was a creamy white with an edge that looked as if it had been made from a delicate piece of antique lace.  Of course, I was smitten immediately.  

I thought about how I could use a similar concept to make Christmas ornaments and that’s when air clay ornaments came to mind.  While I don’t have any antique lace in my stash, I do have a piece of crochet from my late grandmother’s sewing basket. 

This is the first time I’ve ever worked with air clay before, but it was so easy, I can’t to try it again.  

Here’s a look at everything you’ll need to make some vintage inspired air clay ornaments of your own…

Vintage Inspired Air Clay Ornaments Supplies:

  • Air Dry Clay in White
  • Circle Cookie Cutter or Christmas Cookie Cutters
  • Piece of Crochet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking or Pie Crust Mat
  • Baking Sheets
  • Straw (plastic or lightly colored paper straw)
  • Parchment Paper (optional)
  • Ribbon or Jute String (optional)

Vintage Inspired Air Clay Ornament Steps:

Prep your work surface area by gathering your supplies and laying out your baking or pie crust mat on a flat smooth surface.  Tear off a chunk of clay and knead it several times until it warms up in your hand.

Place the clay on the mat and begin to roll out the piece of clay with a rolling pin you would roll out pastry or sugar cookie dough.  Make sure to roll the clay out evenly, leaving it slightly thicker than the consistency of a sugar cookie.

Use a circular shaped cookie cutter to cut out a circle or use a Christmas cookie cutter to make whatever shape you want.  

Remove any excess clay, gently pulling it away from the sides of the ornament.

Lay a piece of lace or crochet directly on top of the clay ornament.

Carefully, roll over the piece of crochet with a rolling pin several times.

Once you’re finished, gently remove the piece of crochet from the ornament revealing the imprint of the crochet piece on the ornament.

Use a straw to create a hole in the top for ribbon or jute so you can hang the clay ornament from the tree or use it as a gift tag. 

Smooth the edges of the ornament, then carefully place on a baking sheet. Place the ornaments so that they are laying as flat as possible. 

Flip ornaments over every 30 minutes to allow each side to dry evenly.  Air dry clay ornaments should dry a minimum of 24 hours.   

Keep in Mind:

  • These vintage inspired air dry clay ornaments are far from perfect. They have a few cracks and imperfections but that’s part of their vintage inspired charm.
  • If you mess up, no worries, just mold the clay back into a ball and roll it out again. You can even reuse the clay you’ve pulled off from the sides of your ornaments.
  • These clay ornaments can be easily customized to with stamps.
  • If you don’t have a piece of vintage lace, dry a salt or pepper shaker that has a pretty design we used with this cut glass shaker
  • You can use a nail file to gently smooth down the edges of the clay ornaments once they are dry.
  • Make sure your ornaments are completely dry before you try to paint them. I know some of you to plan early and already have your color palettes chosen.

I know Christmas is still a few months away, but we’re bound and determined to enjoy every ounce of holiday cheer we possibly can this year.

So, while we’re appreciating the lazy days of this season, we’re excited to be planning for the next one. 

When do you guys start planning for the holidays? Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, and Pinterest.

Many blessings,



How To Make Clay Ornaments & Gift Tags

Vintage-Inspired DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

December 11, 2017

I wanted a really simple Christmas tree this year.

Complete with earthy tones and natural elements off-set by a delicate smattering of little white stars.

However, when I couldn’t find any said little white stars, I figured I’d have a go at making my own.

And I’m so glad I did!

Not only did it give me the opportunity to personalise my ornaments as desired, it was so quick and easy.

The possibilities are virtually endless plus it’s a great project for the kids to get involved with too (as evidenced by the little hands in my tutorial pics!).

As a side note, I love the quirk of ‘Charlotte’ needing to spill over two lines…and the fact it took her a moment to recognise it was her name 🙂



I used Sculpey Oven-Bake Polymer Clay in White (794 g/1.75 lb). I must admit, the price seems steep for the size of the pack and I hesitated at first though it goes a long way. I made close to 50 stars at a cost of around just 45 cents each.

Or course, you could also use air-dry clay, salt dough, baking soda dough, or other similar hard-setting mediums.


Just to flatten out the clay.


I used a simple star though you can get as creative as you or go free-form!


Anything round and pokey should do the trick. This is just to create a hole for the string. I used a bamboo skewer though you could also use a knitting needle or drinking straw, or so on.


This is entirely optional. I used some basic rubber letter stamps to create words and names. You could also use shape, image or pattern stamps, and even other textured items, lace or leaves. I wanted a simple embossed look so didn’t use any ink though you can use regular stamp ink too if more defined markings are desired.


To bake the clay.


I used my favourite; red and white baker’s twine.


The clay is quite firm to begin with so knead it for a minute or two until it becomes smooth and pliable.

Use a clean, non-pourous surface to avoid soiling the clay or having it stick. You may even to lay down some grease-proof paper.


Flatten out the clay using a rolling pin.

The thickness is a personal preference. My stars vary a little though on average are around 6mm (1/4″) thick.


Just making cookies, use a cutter to create as many ornaments as desired.


If desired, embellish your ornaments with some words, patterns or textures.

I left most of my stars blank though stamped several with Christmas-y words and family names. I also created a few to use as gift tags. They aren’t perfect though that’s the point – they have a lovely, organic, homespun quality which, ironically, is in fact perfect 🙂

As mentioned in the ‘You Will Need’ section above, I wanted a simple embossed look so didn’t use any ink though you can use regular stamp ink if a more prominent design is desired.


Place on a baking tray and bake at 130° C (275° F) for around 15 minutes per 6mm (1/4″) of thickness.

Try not to over-bake as the clay may brown and bubble and can become brittle.


It’s really that easy!

Of course, this is just one basic example of what you can do with oven-bake clay. I mentioned earlier, the possibilities are virtually endless.

You can also paint or seal the clay if you’re after a different colour or sheen. Just have a play around!

And remember, although I’ve used my clay stars as tree ornaments, don’t forget that they also make really beautiful gift tags.

If you’d to save this project for later, feel free to pin the image below.