Glittery Clay Christmas Ornaments

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This Christmas, it’s been raining glitter. Armed with their shaker pots, my kids have loved adding a little sparkle to most of their crafts (who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?) and these cute glittery clay Christmas ornaments have definitely been a favourite this season.

Super simple, with no baking necessary, these Christmas Ornaments are designed for kids to make themselves.

Here’s how they make it!

MATERIALS: Glittery Clay Christmas Ornaments 

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White Air Dry Clay
Glitter Shaker Pots
Christmas Cookie Cutters
Ribbon
Baking Tray
Grease Proof Paper
PVA Glue

DIRECTIONS: Glittery Clay Christmas Ornaments 

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Remove the air dry clay from the packet and warm it up by rolling it into a ball and kneading it.

Set up the cookie cutters, rolling pin, baking tray and grease proof paper.

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Roll out the air dry clay to approximately 1cm depth.

Cut with a Christmas cookie cutter, add a hanging hole and carefully place it onto the tray and grease proof paper.

Leave the air dry clay to dry for at least 24 hours or until the ornaments are solid to touch.

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Cover the surface of each ornament with pva glue.

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And then sprinkle with glitter.

Glitter has a tendency to go EVERYWHERE!

To keep it contained, I find it useful for kids to use Glitter Shaker Pots and sprinkle onto a plate.

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Add a piece of ribbon or string for hanging.

I loved how my daughter decided to use once piece of ribbon to connect the Glittery Clay Christmas Ornaments. On retrospect, I would have made two parallel hanging holes to create a clay garland.

On retrospect, I would have made two parallel hanging holes to create a clay garland, so keep this in mind when the kiddos are cutting out their ornaments.

For more Christmas Ornament inspiration take a look our Baby Footprint Christmas Tree, Recycled Jar Lid Bauble and Paper Plate Baubles.

Arty Crafty Kids - Christmas - Glittery Clay Christmas Ornaments - These sweet Glittery Clay Christmas Ornaments is an easy Christmas Craft for kids to make and are perfect for adding a little sparkle to the Christmas Tree.

 

Baby Footprints Christmas Tree

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and I couldn’t be more excited for it’s the season of sparkles, glitter and lots of crafting!

It’s also a time to be with and celebrate loved ones. It’s a time of firsts.

And if you, like me have a new baby in the house then you will want to capture the little things.

This baby footprints Christmas tree is designed to be an everlasting keepsake to mark that special first Christmas.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

The good news is that you don’t need to attend an expensive workshop or pay someone else to capture your baby’s footprints.

Using inexpensive air dry clay, you can easily make your own ornament.

If you have an older child(ren) their second, third or fourth Christmases, Birthday’s and just because moments are just as special, and as they get older this craft becomes more fun as the kids will be able to paint their prints!

All you need is a few basic materials, shall we get started?

MATERIALS: Baby’s Footprints Christmas Tree

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Air Dry Clay
Acrylic Paints
Good Quality Paintbrushes
Ribbon


 

Let’s Make It!

Knead approximately 250g of air dry clay until it has softened and then roll the clay out flat to about 1cm depth.

If you are taking a baby’s prints, it is easier to hold him/her in a  standing postion and then lower the baby’s foot onto the clay.

Hold the foot into position and gently push it into the clay.

Repeat with the second foot and then leave to dry for 24-48 hours.

Add a few thumbprint “baubles”.

Trim the excess clay into a “tree” shape and if you intend to hang the ornament, use the end of the paintbrush to create a hole in the clay.

While we are aiming for a Christmas tree shape, don’t worry if it doesn’t work out that way.

Whatever the shape, your baby’s footprints will look gorgeous!

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Once dry, paint the outside of the prints white.

For a smooth coverage, you may need to apply an additional coat of paint.

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Fill in the thumbprints with various colours.

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Christmas Crafts for Kids - Baby Footprints Christmas Tree

Paint the baby’s footprints green and once dry, add a star for decoration and a ribbon to hang.

And now your Baby Footprints Christmas Tree should be ready to take pride of place on the tree and if you’re feeling inspired, maybe make a few more ornaments as gifts to the family!

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Before you go, if you are looking for more Christmas ornament crafts ideas, then you should check out this fabulous ebook from Red Ted Art!

The ideas are simply gorgeous, with easy to follow instructions and put together in one handy book!

Purchase your copy here

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Clay Footprint Keepsake

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My baby boy is 6 months!

Where has the time gone…?

I’m a huge fan of keepsake crafts, more so now that my girls are older.

They love looking back at their clay keepsakes, comparing against their larger hands and feet, and chatting about what they were like as babies.

With Baby D reaching his half birthday, now’s the time for another clay footprint keepsake.

From inside the womb, I’ve always referred to him as my little twinkle toes.

He has always been a kicker and regularly pushed against my pregnant tummy to show us his tiny little feet – I wish I had a picture to show you!

So while my girls have their feet in pretty pink hearts, this little twinkle toes theme seemed a fitting alternative to what I would consider a classic keepsake craft.

MATERIALS: Clay Footprint Keepsake 

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Ait Dry Clay ( US Link / UK Link )
Acrylic Paint ( US Link / UK Link )
Fine Tipped Paint Brush ( US Link / UK Link )
White Fine Tipped Chalk Marker ( US Link / UK Link )
Star embellishments ( US Link / UK Link )
Twine String ( US Link / UK Link )
Rolling Pin
Knife

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Let’s Make It!

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Roll the clay out onto a firm surface with grease proof paper, creating an even depth of about 1cm.

Lower your child’s foot onto the clay and press down firmly (obviously not too firmly).

It will be helpful if you had a second person to help with the prints, ideally an adult! With one person can holding the baby, while the other takes the prints.

Remove the excess clay by cutting it into a shape of your choice and add a hanging hole.

Leave to dry in a warm place for 24hrs or until completely firm – you may need to turn the clay plaque over a few times to ensure it dries evenly.

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Using white acrylic paint, carefully fill your child’s footprint in and leave to dry.

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Using a contrasting acrylic colour, paint the remainder of the clay plaque.

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Personalise the clay footprint keepsake with a white chalk marker, add a few embellishments and string.

Throughout my 6 years of creating clay keepsakes with the kids, I have used salt dough, home-made clay, microwave and oven baked clay and so far, the air-dry clay we’ve used for this clay footprint keepsake has produced the best results and has been the easiest to use!

I hope you have a similar experience and produce something beautiful to remember your own little twinkle toes by!

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Yarn Trinket Bowls

These Yarn Trinket Bowls are our quirkiest craft to date.

And you’re going to LOVE how they came to be….

During a clay modelling session, my toddler abruptly ran off in mid-flow and returned with a toy wooden hammer in one hand and some scrap yarn in the other.

You can imagine my surprise when she started pounding the yarn into the clay!

As the bashing  of the yarn and clay continued, one thing led to another and I started playing with the yarn.

Between myself and the girls, we came up with this yarn trinket bowl and I adore everything about it!

I love the childish irregular shapes. The imperfections, the central yarn swirl and their quirky appearance.

They really are just a bit of fun and realistically, they’re ideal for older children or tweens.

With some support, they’re do-able with younger kids, although they may prefer my toddlers technique!

MATERIALS: Yarn Trinket Bowls 

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Multi-coloured Yarn (US Link / UK Link )
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A Tea Spoon
A Small Ball
A Small Bowl
Rolling Pin
Knife
Cling Film/Cling Wrap
An Egg Cup or something to support a round object

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Let’s Make It!

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Cut 1/4 of your 500g of clay and knead it with your hands to soften.

Roll the clay into ball and roll it into a flat round shape with approx 1cm depth.

Cut a few short strands of yarn (about 10cm).

Using a small amount of PVA glue, lightly cover the clay surface – this will hold the yarn in place as you begin to swirl it around itself.

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Try to find the central point of your clay surface and begin swirling the yarn around itself.

To avoid any gaps, adjust the yarns positioning with your finger tip as the yarn is lowered.

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Add another strand of yarn starting from the finishing point of the last strand and continue in a circular motion.

I found it much easier to work with shorter strands of yarn rather than one long continuous piece. It quite simply gives you more control and you’re less likely to get into a messy muddle!

Once you’re happy with the yarn centre, gently push it into the clay using a metal spoon.

TIP: If the yarn sticks to the spoon, push the spoon down firmly into the clay and slide it off – this should prevent any disruption to the yarn pattern. 

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Remove the excess clay and smooth the edges with your finger.

Give the yarn some time to dry before moving onto the next step (max 15min).

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Shape the clay around the bowl and carefully remove straight away!

As discovered through trial and error, the yarn is more likely to stick to the ball if left to dry on the ball.

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Line a small bowl with some cling film and place the yarn trinket bowl inside.

Leave to dry in a warm place for 24hrs. Depending on the thickness of your clay, it may take longer

Once the clay is firm to touch from the inside, remove the yarn trinket bowl from the bowl, turn it upside down and remove the cling film.

If necessary, leave to dry until the remainder of the bowl is firm to touch.

Once the  yarn trinket bowl  is completely dry, it’s time to get the acrylic paints out!

TIP: As you can see from the above picture, the outer swirls of the yarn frayed near the edge of the yarn trinket bowl. For future bowls, I think less is more and the yarn should be contained to what will be the bottom of the bowl. This will prevent it getting bent out of shape!

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And that’s how you make Yarn Trinket Bowls !

I hope you love them as much as I do!

I have a feeling my kids will be making a few as Christmas gifts to the grandparents this year.

Next, I would love to try this concept with the buttons – What do you think, will it work?

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Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflakes

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I cannot believe how easy these Homemade Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments are to make!

When I stumbled across Happy Hooligans stunning White Clay Dough Ornaments, I had to try it out with Angel and I’m so pleased I did. I love the brilliant white clay against the vibrant colours of the melted crayon, they’re just gorgeous and capture the glisten of snowflakes beautifully.

With the festive season almost upon us; Homemade Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments are the perfect Christmas Tree Decoration and I cannot wait to see how they’ll look on our tree this year.

Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflakes: Materials

Made out of Cornflour (Cornstarch in the US) and Baking Soda, the clay couldn’t be easier to make. For more information about the ingredients and method, check out Happy Hooligans’ post.

Grated Wax Crayons
Glitter
String
Shape Cutter and a Straw (to create threading holes)
Baking Paper and Tray

 Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflakes

Once the clay dough is prepared, grate a small amount of wax crayon onto a plate and lay the materials out ready for your crafty kids.

Arty Crafty Kids - Homemade clay and melted crayon snowflakes

Roll the mixture out onto the chopping board, adding a little baking soda if the mixture becomes sticky. Once rolled, sprinkle the flakes of wax crayon onto the clay and very gently press them into the clay using a rolling pin.

Arty Crafty Kids - Homemade clay and melted crayon snowflakes

Next, begin cutting the shapes out of the clay and place them onto a tray with baking paper. Using a straw, create a single threading hole within each ornament.

Transfer the snowflakes into the oven on the lowest posssible heat to melt the crayons and dry the clay until firm. This should take about an hour.

Arty Crafty Kids - Homemade clay and melted crayon snowflakes

Allow the snowflakes to cool and apply a thin layer of PVA glue directly onto the snowflake . Then add some twinkle using silver glitter.

Arty Crafty Kids - Homemade clay and melted crayon snowflakes

Tie a short piece of string through the hole and hang your gorgeous Homemade Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments.

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Messy Handprint Bowl

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Kids art and crafts come hand in hand with mess and of course, messy hands! I have many photos of my kids covered in paint, mud, flour, chocolate…and the list goes on. I’m sure you do too?

Our Messy Handprint Bowl is a keepsake that captures these precious, fondly remembered messy moments.

Inspired by a gorgeous Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba, we’ve used broken wax crayons to create the messy hand effect.

I love how it turned out, evoking memories of Angel  painting her hands green to look like an Ogre and Cakes discovering she can make prints with her painted hands for the first time.

The Messy Handprint Bowl is surprisingly easy to make.

A perfect gift for Mothers day, Fathers day, Birthdays, Christmas or for ‘just because’ type of days.  Angel  reserved hers for Daddy’s desk to ‘help’ him look after his keys (the keys he’s always losing).

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 Messy Handprint Bowl: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay
Broken Wax Crayons
A Blunt Plastic Knife
Cheese Grater
An Oven Proof Large Bowl or Small Bowl/ Silicone Cupcake Case (anything that has some curves and can be placed in the oven).

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Messy Handprint Bowl

Begin by softening the Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay  with a good knead, then roll it out to about 1cm depth.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint Bowl

Place your childs hand onto the clay and gently cut around their hand outline with a blunt plastic knife. I used this method to obtain an accurate shape of Angel’s  hand – as you can see, she has long slim ‘piano’ fingers!

If you have a younger child, try pressing their hand firmly into the clay to create a print and cut around the print.

Smooth the edges of the print and remove any loose bits of clay.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint Bowl

At this point, if you would prefer to create a simple handprint bowl without using an oven and wax crayons, pop over to the Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba to see how.

Next, grate the broken wax crayons into flakes directly onto the clay handprint, using a variety of colours. Gently press them into the surface of the clay without distorting the print. We used a rolling pin.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint BowlPlace the clay handprint directly onto the bowl or silicone case (an ovenproof large bowl is preferred) and shape the fingers around the case as if the hand is holding it.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint Bowl

Place the print directly into a pre-heated oven for around 5/10min on a high heat until the wax crayons begin to melt.

Once the wax has melted, remove from the oven.

The should still be reasonably soft and allow to air dry until firm. This could take up to 24 hours.

If you have used a smaller bowl or silicone case as I have, allow the clay to cool until its warm and safe to touch, and transfer the print onto a larger bowl covered in tinfoil.

To reshape and adjust the clay handprint to a larger bowl, gently place another bowl on top of the clay to secure its position.

Leave to dry until firm.

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This idea behind our Messy Handprint Bowl makes me smile. We all know that kids art and craft isn’t always neat and perfect; more often than not. it’s very messy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our second instalment to the Junk Play Challenge – A challenge to creatively reuse unwanted materials and waste. For the Messy Handprint Bowl, we have reused the broken wax crayons that always seem to accumulate at the bottom of the pencil case.

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Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

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As a mummy to girls with a three and a half year age gap, I’m well aware that time passes quickly and as such, I love to create everlasting keepsakes. Cakes is 14 months old and this Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake is for her. I love how tiny and imperfect her prints are, if you look closely, you can see a fingernail dent too!

To make your own Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake at home is very simple and will take less than hour (including baking time of 30 min) to make.

Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay
Red Glitter
Heart Cookie Cutter
Baking Paper
Ribbon or String
Red acrylic paint

Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Start by kneading the red glitter into the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay  and roll into a ball.

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Roll the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay out to about 5mm in thickness (or to a desired thickness) and then apply pressure to the Heart Cookie Cutter to cut through the clay.

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take photos of Cakes actually doing the prints (not enough hands!), but it’s pretty easy and I used one thumb to create both sides of the fingerprint heart.

If you would like to hang your heart, add a threading hole using a straw.

Pop the clay onto baking paper and then into the oven, following the instructions of the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay  packaging.

It took around 30 min for the clay to harden. Watch out for discolouration of the clay, if this occurs then it’s time to come out!

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

To make the print prominent, I added red acrylic paint. Once dry I finished off with some matching ribbon to hang on the wall.

I hope you love your Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsakes as much as I do. As can you see, I added my daughters name onto one of the hearts, with a date and age on the back.

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Valentine Heart Suncatcher

This year, for some unusual reason I cannot explain, Valentine’s day has captured Angel’s imagination (maybe it’s do with all the lovely crafts about!), she’s requested to make everything from Valentine’s cards to Valentine’s Jewellery; her ideas inspiring our very pretty Valentine Heart Suncatcher.

I have to admit,the combination of clay and pony beads left me dubious. I wasn’t sure it would actually work! But, I am absolutely thrilled that it did, with the beads capturing the light better than I had imagined.

Valentine Heart Suncatcher: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay
Colourful Wooden Round Beads
Transparent Glitter Plastic Pony/Barrel Beads 150pk approx
String/ Thread
Heart Cookie Cutter
Red Glitter
Baking Paper

Valentine Heart Suncatcher

To start, we kneaded the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay until soft into a ball, mixing it with red glitter.

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We rolled the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay flat to approx 5mm thickness and then positioned our Heart Cookie Cutter , pushing down firmly.

Before removing the Heart Cookie Cutter, we pushed three pony beads into the heart. By leaving the cookie cutter in the clay, the heart will not lose shape when the beads are added.

A little tip: Select the transparent beads as they catch the light beautifully!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

When adding the beads, we not only pushed down firmly but gave each a little twist too, to ensure they cut through the clay.

Pierce a small threading hole into the heart. I used the bottom of a paintbrush, but a straw might be better!

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Place the hearts onto a baking tray and pop them into the oven (gas mark 7, 160/140c) for around 15 minutes.

Keep a close eye on the hearts, looking out for clay discolouration. Remove immediately if this occurs.

Once baked, allow to cool.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

Once the hearts are baked, allow them to cool before adding the thread. For decoration, we also added a cute coloured wooden bead.

You may notice that one of our hearts was left in the oven too long 😉 I quite like the pinky tinge, but if you’re aiming for vibrant white, I would keep a closer eye on them during the baking stage!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

The hearts could be left as they are or linked up with a simple knot, as we have.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

All that’s left is for your gorgeous Valentine Heart Suncatcher to be hung by the window.

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