DIY - Air Dry Modeling Clay Star Ornaments

Star Christmas ornaments
These little air dry clay star ornaments are the cutest and so easy to make! 

Running out of time in the decorating department or can't find the prefect ornaments this late into the holiday season?

If this is the case you can make a big bunch of these little star ornaments in one afternoon and give your Christmas tree a a totally new look.

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Star Christmas ornaments

Last year I bought a small-ish Christmas tree to have in our living room. I didn't want too many ornaments on it, but the ones I used last Christmas weren't enough for my liking. 
This time around I knew I had to make my own to make it a bit more festive.

I love how these Air Dry Modeling Clay star ornaments turned out. It's a simple and economical process. You can even make extras to give to family and friends! Let me show you how, I even have a little video with most of the process!


Hearty air-dry modeling clay - star ornaments

THE MATERIALS YOU'LL NEED:
INSTRUCTIONS:

I used white Hearty modeling clay. My daughter who is passionate about working with all types of clay recommended me this brand and well, she knows her stuff. I had no trouble whatsoever using this type of clay.

I bought two 50-gram packages and with those two packages I was able to make 33 star ornaments - each star is 2-1/2".

1. ROLL THE AIR DRY MODELING CLAY

Unpack the clay and set it on a clean surface. Using the rolling pin roll it out uniformly at about 1/4" thickness. If you are using air dry clay keep it in a air tight bag or container when not in use to keep it from drying.  
Rolling out air-dry modeling clay with rolling pin

2. INPRINT THE CLAY

This is an optional step. You can go onto the next step if you want plain white ornaments.

If you choose to imprint your star ornaments, you can use a great variety of materials that you have at home to do this task. Anything that has a texture that you like can be used. For instance, you can use stamps, wood, kitchen tools, other fabrics materials such as lace, ribbon, twine, etc. etc. But if there is a specific pattern you want to achieve there are plenty of clay pattern rollers as well as clay pattern mats you can buy. Using these tools made for clay also prevents dirt and fibers from household materials getting into the clay if that is a concern for you.  

I used a small piece of eyelet fabric that I've always loved. I wanted those little circles imprinted in my star ornaments.

Once the air dry clay was rolled out evenly I placed the piece of fabric on top of the clay and started using my own hands to imprint the design onto the clay.
Using my hands to imprint the clay gave it a somewhat uneven consistency. 
Later on, I opted for imprinting the fabric design onto the clay by also using the rolling pin, resulting in  even pressure and a uniform design all along the clay.
imprinting design onto air dry clay

3. CUT OUT YOUR AIR DRY CLAY ORNAMENTS

I used a star cookie cutter, but once again, you can use any design you want... Circles, snowflakes, trees, ginger bread men, etc. etc. You can even print out a design you like online and use an X-Acto knife to carefully cut it out

Bring the cookie cutter on top of the clay and gently press it down into the clay. Lift the cookie cutter and continue pressing it onto other parts of the clay.

Then, using a straw make the holes to hang the ornament from.

You can now pick up the stars and set them out to dry.

Continue kneading and rolling out the remaining clay until all your ornaments are cut out.

Cutting out star design on clay

4. DRY THE STAR ORNAMENTS

I first set the stars onto a wooden board. After about 30 minutes I noticed that they started to pucker, which means that they started to lift off the wooden surface. The stars were curling!

This is something that happens most of the time, especially when the dough is rolled out too thin. 

I didn't want my stars to look curly and that's why I used a set of cookie sheets to keep the stars flat.
I first placed one of the cookie sheets bottom side up and there I placed the stars, making sure none of them were poking out of the cookie sheet. Then I placed the other cookie sheet a top the stars (right side up) and placed a a couple of wooden boards on it. Those wooden boards didn't weight that much, but they helped put pressure onto the stars, keeping them from curling. 
You shouldn't add something too heavy that would squish the designs or anything too light that the stars have space to curl.

I left them out to dry in that way for two and a half days.
how to dry star Christmas ornaments

5. SAND THE STARS

Once dry, I noticed the stars had all those fuzzy sides you see in the picture below. this is due to the nature of paper clay, those are the paper fibers showing. 

Use a 220-grid sandpaper to lightly sand all those frayed particles away.
sanding fuzzy edges of modeling clay star ornaments

After dusting them, you can paint them or even add glitter onto them. I left them alone, they are very pretty in this simple design.

The final part was to add the twine, which I cut at 16"each.

a stack of air dry modeling clay star ornaments

As a special touch I added a bead to top each and every one of my pretty Christmas star ornaments. 
how to make air dry modeling clay ornaments

Love his view from my chair in the office looking at the Christmas tree full of starry stars. ⭐⭐
Christmas tree full of star ornaments


Well friends, this is a great project to work on with your kids and grandkids. They don't have to be perfect, remember its all about creating happy memories.  

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