I love cute little DIY projects but unfortunately I don’t get the chance to dive into my craft supplies very often so I asked Gemima to do a guest post on Christmas DIY. And here it is!
This is a very simple, easy to make DIY to do at home. It’s a great Christmas activity to do with kids, or if you’re a bit craftily challenged like me but want to have a go at making something festive.
You will need:
Cookie cutters or a knife
I used white air drying clay from Hobbycraft, which was very easy to use and dried overnight. I really enjoyed moulding the clay into different shapes and doing something creative with my hands, it was quite therapeutic! For the round shapes I used cookie cutters and the others a sharp knife to cut an outline.
Take a lump of clay and roll it out to about 5mm thickness (minimum), then simply cut whatever shape your heart desires. I used the end of a paintbrush to stamp out a hole at the top of the shapes (not too close to the edge) to hang the ribbon through.
I also used a set of letter stampers from Amazon to write little messages on mine, but this would be super easy to do with a cocktail stick. You could even etch little illustrations and Christmas patterns in them.
Once you’re happy with your shape, avoid poking and prodding them like I did else they might break. My poor silver snow angel lost her head because I was a bit too impatient for them to dry. After a good eight hours or so they’ll be ready to paint. This clay dried out to a very nice cream colour which looked fine unpainted too.
My favourite is the little ‘Joy’ ornament. I painted the edges with metallic gold to contrast the red and dipped a cocktail stick into the same gold to paint the letter indentations. It turned out really cute! Another fun one is the little Christmas tree, which I used gold glitter nail varnish for the baubles.
I had a lot of fun with this DIY and I’m really happy with how they turned out. I also made a few extra ornaments to give to my friends. I always think handmade presents make lovely gifts. Are you making Christmas ornaments this year? Let me know if you have a go at making these ones 🙂
You can read more of Gemima’s blogposts at Lovely Witches.