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Baby’s First Christmas Ornament DIY

Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon are the creative force behind the blog alice and lois, and they are graciously sharing their talents with our readers with this guest post DIY. Be sure to check out their blog for more great ideas!

Decorating our Christmas tree evokes so many memories each year. Each ornament we hang on the tree reminds me of a certain memory—the year I was married, my daughter’s first ornament, the special glass butterfly for my daughter from Gram. The list goes on. My favorite ornaments are those that are personal. We have created a simple DIY to make your very own personalized clay ornaments, including baby’s first Christmas ornament.

DIY Clay Ornaments Tutorial - Project Nursery

Have you ever worked with air-dry clay? It is so easy! We added some sparkly gold paint and ribbon to add some pop! This project is so simple you can have the older kiddos help as well!

DIY Clay Ornaments Supplies

Supplies: air-dry clay, rolling pin, cutting board, drinking glass, cutting tool, chop stick, paint and brush, alphabet stamp set

DIY Clay Ornaments Tutorial - Project Nursery

1. Roll out air-dry clay on a cutting board. Roll to thickness of 1/4 inch.

2. I used a drinking glass to cut out the circle shape for an ornament. Press glass firmly into clay.

3. Use the cutting tool to get a clean circle shape.

4. Carefully lift clay from board. Smooth edges with your finger. Dip your finger in water and rub on edges if you need more help smoothing out.

5. Place on board. Use smaller end of chop stick to create hole for ribbon. Press firmly. Smooth with finger.

6. Use alphabet stamps to stamp child’s name or baby’s first Christmas or really anything you want. Press stamps gently. You do not want the stamp to go all the way through the clay. Let dry for at least 24 hours.

7. Tape off an area on the ornament to paint.

8. String the ornament with ribbon or yarn.

DIY Clay Ornaments Tutorial - Project Nursery

DIY Baby's First Christmas Ornament - Project Nursery

Happy holidays!

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  5. avatar Beth says:

    Hi Shannon, They are just small rubber stamps meant for ink. You can find small sets at stores like Michaels. I’ve even occasionally seen them in the Dollar Spot at Target! Acrylic paint should work fine, but you can check the label of your air dry clay to see what they suggest. Have fun!

  6. avatar Shannon Yee says:

    I love this idea and can’t wait to get started! Can you give me advice on where to buy the alphabet stamp set you used? I checked amazon, but didn’t have luck. Also, what kind of paint do you recommend? Thanks!

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  8. avatar Beth_PN says:

    Love these sweet ornaments! Thanks for sharing, Sara and Melissa!