Does it seem to you like the holidays seem to arrive earlier each year, or is it just me? Thanksgiving came and went and I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few weeks away! I love making handmade gifts but sometimes I just don’t have enough time. If you can relate, here’s a few quick ornament ideas that you can make in a flash.
First, set the ornament in a slightly smaller round cutter while working on and baking the ornaments. Measure the size of the opening of your glass ornament and make all pieces smaller than this. The first is a miniature nativity in an easy to find glass ornament, with this year's date. I used Bake n Bond in the bottom of the glass ornament and between every clay piece added. Extruded ivory clay (1P Ecru + 2P White) is pressed into the glass with a Pearl n Etch tool tip. Joseph (Burnt Sienna) and Mary (Denim) are created by shaping a simple cone, pressing it onto your work surface and adding a little ivory clay ball for heads. I then added a short tapered clay rope for their sleeves. I flattened another small ball of clay very thin and draped it over their heads. I used a long pin from the Baking Rack to pick up the miniatures just behind the center of the sleeves, lowered them down into the glass and pressed them in, leaving a 3/8" area for the baby between them. The manger is a small oval with "X" indentations. The baby body is a short rope of ivory clay, also with "X" indentations and a tiny white ball for a head with a yellow halo rope around it. I formed a star with thin tapered yellow clay ropes, added a little Bake n Bond to the backside and pressed it onto the outside of the glass ornament and added some gold glitter to the surface. I created a short ivory clay banner for the year. I used a black Sharpie for the numbers.Place in a cold oven and let oven cool down before removing the glass so it doesn't crack.
DIY Sculpey Clay Ornaments
The snowman is made in the same manner, although the snow is a flattened sheet of white clay. The snowman is three sizes of white balls of clay. I dotted on the eyes and coal mouth gently on the raw clay head and added an orange carrot nose. I formed a rope of red clay, flattened it and fringed the ends. I wrapped the scarf around the base of the head before adding it to the body (already inside the glass). I added a black flat disc and then a ball of clay for the hat. I very carefully sprinkled opal colored glitter into the glass ball aiming for the clay areas for sparkle and added a touch to the banner on the outside of the glass ornament. Each ornament took about 45 min. to create plus the 30 minute baking time. Not bad!