12 Days of Christmas 2018

DIY Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

Welcome to another edition of my 12 Days of Christmas! Here is another DIY post (because I LOVE a DIY Christmas!) all about Air Dry Clay Ornaments that G and I made a few weeks ago! I set them up as a mess-free craft, feel free to skip those steps!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1.Air Dry Clay

2. Cookie Cutters

3. Washable Paint

4. Cookie sheet or other flat surface (drying time for clay is 24-36 hours)

5. Bucket or small bin (Mess free option)

6. Rolling Pin

7. Straw

8. Padding for bucket (I used a ripped recycling bag – mess free option)

9. Stamps or any other impression making object for decoration

10. Ribbon or rope for hanging


1.Take out some of the air dry clay, it may require some kneading, then place it on your cookie sheet or flat surface and roll out until desired thickness and texture.

2. Take your cookie cutters (or feet, hands, or whatever you’d like an impression of) and press it down into the clay. I did three cookie cutter impressions and one of G’s foot. I am hoping to still get Bomber’s but he really hates getting his feet touched! Place your cookie sheet off to the side to dry for 24-36 hours (timing based on thickness). Make sure you use your stamps or any other impressions before you set them aside to dry!

Air Dry Clay Ornaments_Amanda Diaries

3. After your ornaments are fully dry, it’s time to paint! If you are doing this yourself or with older children, you can just skip the mess-free options and paint openly!

4. Mess-Free painting! Next take your small bucket or bin (mine has a lid, super handy!) and add your padding (I used a ripped recycling bag) and add your desired colours of paint and one ornament at a time.

5. Have your child shake the bin until your ornament is sufficiently painted. G had just finished supper when I handed him the bucket, hence the messy face and table. Repeat with all remaining ornaments.

Mess-Free Air Dry Clay Ornaments_Amanda Diaries

6. Set aside ornaments to dry. Remember, washable paints are not as vibrant as other paints such as Acrylic, you may want to consider using those types of paint instead.

7. After your ornaments are dry, add ribbon or rope and add them to your tree! Our tree isn’t up yet so they are still on my craft room table (though one is a gift so this post will be published after it’s gifted). I should also note that one of the ornaments broke when I accidentally dropped it, so three ornaments survived until the end of the craft.

Air Dry Clay Ornaments_Amanda Diaries

and there you have it! Mess-Free Air Dry Clay Ornaments! What are YOUR favourite Christmas DIY’s with your kids? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,


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