Handmade Personalised Tree Ornaments

Handmade Clay Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Clay Christmas Ornaments

One of my favourite things in the run up to Christmas is the opportunity to be creative, I love making gifts and decorations. These clay decorations have been on my ‘to make’ list since last year, so I’m glad I’ve finally got around to making them. They were very simple to do, and I’m so pleased with the results.

Homemade Clay Ornaments

You will need:

  • Air drying clay. I got mine from hobby craft. This is a 1kg block and I only cut off a small amount which made 6 ornaments.
  • A rolling-pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Ribbon and lace
  • Letter stamps

Clay ornament tutorial

  • Firstly, I rolled out the clay on some baking paper, until it was about 1.5cm thick. Then I cut out some shapes with the cookie cutters, I used a heart and a star.
  • If you want to hang your ornaments, you will need to create a little hole now, to hang the ribbon through once the clay has dried. I used the end of a paintbrush to do this.
  • I used letter stamps to personalise my ornaments. We have one for Frey, one for Mamgu and one for Grandad. These will make great tags to tie onto a wrapped gift, which can then be kept and hung on the tree afterwards. I also made ‘Peace’, ‘Love’, and ‘Joy’ – because what more could you want in life? I’ve had my letter stamps a while, I got them from eBay.
  • I thought the ornaments could do with a little more decoration, so I then got some lace, and gently pressed it into the clay to make an embossed pattern.

Home made clay ornaments

Homemade Clay Ornaments

I even had enough clay left over to make a little gift tag which I simply embossed with the lace. Next you need some patience, as the ornaments took about 5 days to dry completely.

Homemade clay ornaments

Once they were completely dry, I sanded down the rough edges, and tied a ribbon through the hole – so now they’re all ready to tie onto Christmas gifts. All I need to do now is to start my Christmas shopping!

Handmade Clay Peace Heart

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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Alison | 25th Nov 15

    I love those! Are they quite sturdy Becky?

    • thesparklenest | 25th Nov 15

      Hi Ali, they are pretty sturdy once they have dried out and as long as you make them thick enough. The little tag I made broke because I tried to snap it to see if it was dry. It wasn’t and it snapped, which is why patience is needed with these!

  2. Bryn | 26th Nov 15

    They look beautiful, what a clever person! May just get some clay to make some myself. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Nikki Frank-Hamilton | 27th Nov 15

    I love these. They are simple and white, clean and lovely, they scream holiday and stylish and fit into the rustic decor or clean sleek lined decor. Both I love. The lace pattern was genius, it looks a bit like angel wings to me, these are just precious! Pinning, I want to make these with my family. Thanks Rebecca. Happy Holidays!!!
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    • thesparklenest | 27th Nov 15

      Thank you so much Nikki, I’m glad you like them! Give them a try, they’re fun and very simple x

  4. Pili | 2nd Dec 15

    I love those ornaments! I think I can do some with my girls!
    I would love if you could share this at the party we host each Tuesday at http://sweethings.net/two-uses-tuesday-57/
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  5. helen gandy | 3rd Dec 15

    These are truly gorgeous!! I want some!! You should so sell them X
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    • thesparklenest | 4th Dec 15

      Aw thank you so much Helen! I was supposed to be having a stall at a craft fair this year but we’re away the weekend it is on, otherwise I expect I would have made a few extra! Maybe next year :-) x

  6. Coombe Mill - Fiona | 4th Dec 15

    So pretty, often the kids colour them but I really like them left white like this, lovely tutorial.

    • thesparklenest | 4th Dec 15

      Thank you Fiona, I’m really into plain white and silver decorations this year. I prefer the ones I made with the white ric rac rather than the gingham ribbon too.

  7. Who Let the Mum Out? | 8th Dec 15

    Great ornaments! You should sell these. :)
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