How to Make Homemade Clay Ornaments

Want a fun way to spend the afternoon with your kids and have them create something they can hang on the tree for years to come? Then try this recipe for Bakers Clay. Its easy and the nice thing about it is that you don't even have to know how to bake (because these are not to be eaten).

As you can see, I didn't just make Christmas ornaments, we made gifts to give to Grandma, Mother's Day, Father's Day, sporting events and, yes, even pictures of our animals (they count too).

As you can also see, you do not have to be an artist. My daughter and I spent about two hours painting these while just talking and having fun. In the recipe that follows, watch for little hints.

Homemade Ornaments Necessary Materials

Bakers Clay Ornament Ingredients

  • 4 cups, Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups, Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups, Water
  • Cookie Cutters
    I like to use the ones that have the indentations already in them, so there is no guess work of where to put an eye or nose.

Decorating Supplies

  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint brushes, various sizes
  • Varnish

Making {and Baking} Instructions

  1. Combine flour and salt together in a medium bowl, slowly add the water and mix until a soft ball forms.This is when I usually roll up my sleeves and go to it with both hands and knead the dough for about 2 minutes, or until it is mixed. The dough should be the consistency of a pie dough or bread dough. If it is too sticky add a little more flour, if too stiff, add a little more water.
  2. Take half the dough and flour your board and roll out to about 1/4″ thick.
  3. Take your cookie cutters and make shapes in the dough, making sure you press down evenly so the imprint will remain. Tear away your unused dough from around the shapes and use a spatula to pick up the shapes and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. If using cookie cutters that have no designs, just take a toothpick and draw some designs in them before you bake. I did this for the car, football helmet and the snowman.
  4. Bake at 300 for approximately 25 minutes (or until hard, but not brown).
  5. Wait about 15 minutes for the cookies to cool completely and then get the kids painting them and writing names on these little keeepsakes. After the paint has dried for at least a day, wipe varnish over each ornament to preserve them.

I warned you, we are no artists, but we are still very proud of our work and the time we had together making them. Isn't that what Christmas is about. Enjoy!!

This homemade clay ornaments recipe is the perfect DIY to make hand prints with the kids or use cookie cutters for a handmade christmas ornament!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 17, 2010


  • Esabella Brilmyer - October 20, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    This looks absolutely FAB! my trick for getting all the christmas gifts done is to start making them early, in October before Halloween comes around!

  • Emily Poulson - December 11, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    I loved this idea I found that the dough was to dry so i added some water to it until i could work with the dough. some developed bubbles but other than that they turned out great. We maded them for our family chirstmas party one for everyone it was so much fun..

  • lia haile - December 23, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    they crack in about a week can u email me tell me why and hjow tro keep bubbles out of the clay

  • hope - April 07, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    how do you make them

  • patty - March 18, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    I have the problem of crackin is it because I bake fast? and air bubbles please help

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