DIY Christmas Ornaments out of homemade white clay (recipe!)

Each year we try to make some DIY Christmas ornaments. This year we made some out of my all-time favorite homemade white clay. Find out the recipe here!

Each year I try to find time to make some DIY white clay ornaments together with my kids. It’s a kind of tradition. Once we made ornaments out of citrus fruits, but mostly, we make DIY Christmas Ornaments out of clay. But I really didn’t like the salt dough most people recommend. The shapes would not be clean and the colors weren’t what I wanted. So, I tried a white clay, which only needed three ingredients and they really turned out amazing! Exactly like I wanted them to. Here is how we made them…

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Christmas DIY Ornaments with homemade clay recipe
Christmas DIY Ornaments with homemade clay recipe

For the DIY Christmas Ornaments out of white clay you will need:

– white clay (you can find my recipe further down r buy some hobby clay)

– ribbon (I used a red one with white dots)

– snowflake cookie cutter (or whatever shape you like more)

– plastic straw for making the holes

– baking paper

– sealer (optional, I used a spray sealer)

DIY White Clay Ornaments
DIY White Clay Ornaments

To make the white clay you will need these easy to find ingredients:

– half cup cornstarch

– one cup baking soda

– 3/4 cup water<

– 1/3 cup glitter (or more if you want)- optional

– damp paper or fabric towel

How to make the DIY white clay ornaments dough:

  • To make the clay, just take a pot and mix the cornstarch with the baking soda and the glitter. Now, add the water and stir the mixture until you will have a smooth but still runny cream. Take the pot and put it on your stove on low to medium heat and stir all of the time. As you stir and time passes, the mixture will start to get thicker.
  • As soon as it resembles a dough consistency (more like mashed potatoes) take the pot from the heat and cover it with a damp fabric or paper towel.
  • Wait for 10 to 20 minutes (or more) until it has cooled down. When it has cooled you can take the dough and knead it until it becomes a smooth, soft dough. Now you can roll it out (I lined some baking paper on my working surface) and cut out your snowflakes (or whichever shape you chose).
  • Don’t roll it out too thin or your DIY Christmas ornaments will break easily, but don’t make them too thick either, since they will take longer to dry and they could also break easier because of that. 1/4′ thick should be good.
  • Make holes using the straw. Transfer the snowflake ornaments to a pan which lined with some baking paper.
  • Now it’s time for drying. You can either let them overnight air dry (as I did) or maybe you could try drying them in the oven at low temperature for a couple of hours (didn’t try this, so I don’t know for sure!). As they dry, you will need to carefully turn them over from time to time.
DIY White Clay Ornaments
DIY White Clay Ornaments

Some more tips

Once they are dried you can use fine sanding paper to smooth out the edges and you and your kids can paint them, stamp them or leave them white as they are like I did and you can add a sealer to make them more resistant.

Add the ribbon you like and there you have your very own Christmas ornaments!

If you don’t have time to make your own clay, but still want to make DIY ornaments, you can buy white or colored air drying clay from any craft store.

My kids painted them and added their own ribbons and used theirs as gift tags for their Christmas presents, as well as for decorating their cookie treat bags we would leave out for Santa!

As I love red and white Christmas decorations, I bought some red and white Christmas balls for our tree and these white snowflake ornaments with the red ribbon are just perfect. The white snowflakes with the red ribbon make a great contrast and they look great on the tree!! I think this year, after making these wonderful foam glitter photo ornaments, I will make some of the other ideas I found on Pinterest as well, using the same clay recipe, like angel ornaments!

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Christmas DIY Ornaments with homemade clay recipe
Christmas DIY Ornaments with homemade clay recipe

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DIY Glitter Foam Christmas Ornaments with photos

This is a simple yet wonderful craft to make around Christmas. You can use it even as a small Christmas present and the kids love to bring them out each year!

glitter foam photo ornaments
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Yes, we are still continuing and tireless making more Christmas crafts! One of my favorites each year is to make some DIY Christmas ornaments. We have made ornaments out of citrus fruits and out of white, glittery clay we made ourselves (get the recipe and instructions here) in the past, so this year I wanted to do some keepsake Christmas photo ornaments. They needed to be easy and cheap since we wanted to make a lot. I want them to be gifts for grandparents and friends, as well as for children from our kindergarten. The idea that stole my heart was DIY Christmas Glitter Foam Glitter Ornaments using photos of our kids!

glitter photo ornaments materials
Some of the glitter foam photo ornaments materials you will need

Materials you will need

  • Christmas glitter foam sheets – or is it foam glitter sheets? Anyway, I chose white ones, but you can pick any color you think will go with your tree! I think silver, gold, red or green glitter foam sheets would be great choices, too!
  • Your frame template (you can find a lot of frame templates online and just choose what you like most. A bubble ornament shape, rectangles, ovals, stars, hearts, or one like I used – you can find it here – are all great ideas). You can make one by yourself, too, by drawing it on cardstock or by even using different sized cookie cutters as a guide.
  • Cardstock
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors, craft knife, pencil and ruler
  • Glitter foam stickers or other embellishments (optional)
  • Your favorite photos, printed dimensions 6×4,5 cm (height x width)

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Instructions to make DIY Glitter Foam Christmas Ornaments

To make these easy DIY Glitter Foam Christmas Ornaments, first, adjust your template so it will be the size of your choosing (and capable of framing your photos). I made mine so they would suit my 6×4,5 cm photos. Next, print out your templates on cardstock. You can print two templates – one to make your frame and the other to leave without cutting out the inner shape.

photo ornaments template
Prepare your template by simply drawing or printing them onto cardstock and cutting it out

Preparing the glitter foam frames

Now it’s time for the glitter foam (I love that stuff!).

glitter foam ornaments
You can use any glitter sheets, but I used a glitter foam sheet that has only on one side glitter

Using your template, pencil, scissors, and ruler, cut out two pieces: one frame and one back side for each photo. To cut the inside piece, I used the knife to make an “x” first, so it was easier to use the scissors afterwards.

foam photo ornaments diy
To make cutting out the inner piece easier, I made an “x” first
 photo ornaments frame
For each photo, you will need one glitter foam frame and one glitter foam backside

Using your hot glue gun, glue your ribbon to the non-glitter side of your backside piece. Next, glue your photo onto the same non-glitter backside piece. Finally, put some hot glue on the back of your frame piece and glue it onto the back side piece so you will end up with a frame that both front and back is glittery.

hot glue foam glitter ornaments
Final step: glue the frame onto the simple foamy back side of your ornament

Let it dry, cut off any excesses, remove any silicon residue and your beautiful Christmas ornament is ready to be given away or hung on your tree and bring joy!

Lovely keepsake: photo ornaments

I really loved how they turned out and they look so great on our tree! The kids loved them, too, as they got to choose their photos and hang them on the tree and they are really easy to make! I used black and white photos as well as colored ones and they all look gorgeous. You could also add some decorations to the frames and make them even more fun!

diy glitter foam christmas ornaments
45My kids’ glitter foam ornaments, on the tree!

We made a lot of these DIY Glitter Foam Christmas Ornaments with photos and gave them away as presents to our kids’ grandparents!

Make them for your loved ones or just to have some fun and add it to your family Christmas craft traditions! They will make a wonderful keepsake for many years!!!

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