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How to Make Clay Christmas Decorations
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How to Make Clay Christmas Decorations

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1/2 day +

Create a set of gorgeous handmade clay Christmas decorations inspired by nature and an on-trend colour palette. Use a combination of cookie cutters and the free downloadable templates to build up your unique set! They’ll be perfect for hanging on your tree or to gift to friends and family.

Templates and guide by Elizabeth Hardy.

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How to make

Step 1

Prepare your non-stick workspace. You can use cling film wrapped or taped to the surface you are working on. Using a knife, cut a section of clay off of the block and roll out until 1cm thick.

Step 2

Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the clay, gently removing the clay from the cutter to preserve the shape. 

Step 3

Print and cut out the templates. To use, press one of the templates so that it is flush with the clay, and use a knife or pencil to gently mark around the outside. Then remove the template and use the knife to slowly cut the shape out of the clay. Don't worry if the edges aren't perfect as we can smooth down later on with water or by sanding once the clay is dry.

Use a small circular cutter or a large paintbrush to create a small hole in each decoration. There is a suggestion on the template of where the holes should be cut to best balance the designs when hanging.

Step 4

Once you've cut out enough decorations, pour a small amount of water into a dish. Then, one by one, use your finger to smooth down the clay around the outside to neaten.

Step 5

Set aside the clay to dry. This can take anywhere between 24-72 hours, depending on how warm the environment that the clay is drying in is. Wait until each decoration is completely white before moving on to the next step. 

Once dry, take a small section of fine sandpaper and sand down any further large bumps in the clay. It's nice to leave a few imperfections – the decorations are handmade after all, and it adds to the personality of the pieces!

Step 6

Once sanded, take your base coat colour and apply 2-3 coats on either side of the decorations, paying close attention to the nooks and crannies in the sides, too. Leave to dry.

Step 7

Draw on the details that you'd like to paint onto the decorations lightly in pencil. There are some suggestions within the template, but here you can get creative and decorate however you please!

Step 8

Paint on the larger blocks of colour with 2-3 coats and leave to dry.

Step 9

Add in the finer details in contrasting colours. Leave to dry.

Step 10

Use Mod Podge to seal the decorations, adding a glossy finish.

Step 11

Cut and tie your chosen colour twine onto your decorations and they're ready to hang!

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