How to make home-made clay christmas ornaments

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How to make home-made clay christmas ornaments
Clay can be shaped into different forms.. (Getty Thinkstock)

Have any hobbyists on your gift list? How about a personalized ornament tailored especially for the fisherman, golfer, artist, photographer or athlete? Whatever the hobby, you can make a dough ornament to suit that particular interest. These ornaments are easy to make from common kitchen supplies and will last for years and years.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Flour
  • Food coloring
  • Ribbons
  • Cookie sheets
  • Salt
  • Hobby paints
  • Cookie cutters
  • Hobby paintbrushes
  • Glitter
  • White glues
  • Mixing bowls

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Instructions

    Make flour-based dough

  1. 1

    Mix 500 gr (4 cups) flour, 125 gr (1 cup) salt, some food colouring and enough water to moisten.

  2. 2

    Mix the ingredients, adding water until you have the desired consistency. The clay should be stiff but still hold together when rolled into a ball.

  3. 3

    Store in refrigerator to avoid spoiling. This clay dries hard and can be painted or decorated with markers or pens.

    Make salt dough

  1. 1

    Mix 250 gr (2 cups) flour with 125 gr (1 cup) salt and 175 ml (3/4 cups) water in a deep bowl.

  2. 2

    Knead it until it's doughy.

  3. 3

    Add food coloring or glitter.

  4. 4

    Add more water if the dough is too crumbly. If it's too sticky, add a little more flour.

  5. 5

    Make several batches in different colors.

  6. 6

    Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.

    Make your ornaments

  1. 1

    Form shapes by hand or with cookie cutters. Some suggestions are fish, golf clubs, spools of thread, basketballs, soccer balls, a watering can, a camera or a horseshoe.

  2. 2

    Place a loop of wire into the still-soft dough to act as a hanger. You will thread ribbon through this loop when the ornament is complete.

  3. 3

    Dry the objects in the oven at 95 degrees C (200 degrees F) for about 10 minutes. They can then be painted.

  4. 4

    Use watercolor, felt-tipped pens or poster paint to decorate your ornaments. Glitter, bits of ribbon or other decorative pieces can be added with a touch of white glue.

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