Air dry clay is a super easy way to make your own custom DIY Christmas decorations. Simply cut out Christmas shapes such as stars, Christmas trees or snowflakes and hang them on your tree or attach them to a present.
What You Need:
- Air Dry Clay – I bought Montmartre 500g white air dry clay from Overflow for $5.99. Also try craft and other discount stores.
- Christmas Cookie Cutters – The star cookie cutters were $2.99 for a set of 5 from Robins Kitchen. I already had the Christmas tree. Try kitchen and baking shops
- Rolling Pin
- Twine or ribbon for hanging the ornaments
The following video shows how easy it is to make your own DIY Christmas clay tags.
- Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable
- Roll the clay until it is about 2mm thick
- Use cookie cutters to press down and cut out shapes in the clay
- Use a skewer to make a hole for hanging the tag/ornament
- Allow the clay to dry according to the packet instructions. I let mine dry on a tray for 24 hours
- When dry, thread some ribbon or twine through the hole and hang the ornament or attach the tag to a gift
Here are some tips for making your Christmas Clay Tags:
- Air dry clay is not designed to get wet. If you need them to be weatherproof, use polymer clay and bake them in the oven according to the instructions.
- For a smoother finish try leaving the cookie cutter in place and removing the excess clay from around the shape.
- Lay the shapes flat to dry
- If you have rough edges, you can lightly sand the tag with fine sandpaper
- Make the hole in the tag big enough to thread through the ribbon you want to use.
- You can make the tags in any shape, and you can cut them out free hand rather than use a cookie cutter. Hearts would be great for Valentines Day.
- You can emboss or engrave your tags while they are moist. Use alphabet stamps to stamp XO (kisses and hugs) or other words onto your tags such as Joy, Peace and Merry Christmas. You can also use patterned rubber stamps to emboss a pattern onto your tags.
- You can add colour to your tags when they are dry with markers or paint.
They look great tied to a present.
or hanging on a tree or wreath
These Christmas clay tags are so quick and easy to make. Give them a try or pin them for next Christmas.