This homemade ornament project started out as an epic fail for me as I couldn’t work out why my beautiful white cornflour and bicarb mix was not turning into a dough consistency. It was more like some strange thick, white paint. Oh, then I re-read what I needed to… Can you tell I am not a recipe follower by nature? Of course, I had missed a crucial step, which only took me a day to work out! The end result was worth it though, simple white clay Christmas ornaments to hang on our real Christmas tree.
Clay Christmas Ornaments
Homemade Clay Recipe
You will need:
- 1 cup bicarbonate of soda* (baking soda)
- 1/2 cup corn flour (corn starch)
- 3/4 cup of warm water
*The ingredients for the clay will have slightly different names depending on what country you are in.
Directions To Make Homemade Modeling Clay:
- Add the bicarb or baking soda, then cornflour or cornstarch into a saucepan.
- Next add the warm water – tap temperature is fine.
- Then stir the ingredients over a medium heat until bubbles form and the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. (This is the part I somehow forgot to do!)
- Allow the dough to cool for a couple of minutes and then lightly knead it before using.
Yes, it does make a lovely soft and pliable dough, similar to play dough!
How To Make Clay Christmas Ornaments
Step 1. Roll out the clay dough to the thickness you want. (I prefer to make them thinner rather than thicker.)
Step 2. Use cookie cutters to cut out the Christmas ornament shapes.
Step 3. After cutting out the shapes, make a small hole in each one with the end of a straw. T
Step 4. Then either air dry the clay until hardened or for quicker results, bake the homemade modelling clay in a low oven.
I was impatient to get these finished after my first mishap so I baked my clay Christmas ornaments. However I found they did go brown. Not the look I was after. A bit of white furniture paint and no one could tell the difference!
Decorating Suggestions for Your Clay Christmas Ornaments:
- Use Sharpie pens and get the kids to color them in or draw designs on them.
- Draw the first initial of each member of the family, on each one. Don’t forget pets!
- Use some glue and German glass glitter to give them a sparkle.
- Paint them with craft paint (or even a furniture chalk paint) in colors to suit your Christmas decorating theme.
- Try simple decoupage with Mod Podge and your favorite Christmas wrapping paper.