Photography: Kelly Harmer
Everyone loves a handmade gift created with love, right? Each year the children make a new Christmas decoration for the family and as they’re getting older it’s wonderful to see the trees fill up with all their makes.
My daughter Isla loved doing this one, especially because it involved stamping pretty patterns using silver ink!
All you need is:
Straw (or something else to punch the hole with)
Rubber stamp and ink (if you want to stamp a design on it – you could also press something textured into the clay, like lace for example)
String or ribbon
Start by warming the clay in your hands, rolling it into a ball, then make it flat and fairly even with a rolling pin. To smooth the clay out, use some cling film over the top and rub your fingers across it.
Use a straw to push a hole through the decoration then adorn as you wish. For this design, we used a bird and brocade stamp and a silver ink pad.
Place on a baking tray in an oven at 130 degrees celsius for around 15-25 minutes depending on the thickness of your clay.
Once fully cooled your decoration is ready for the ribbon. We also wrote the childrens’ names and year on the back.
As well as making special tree decorations they also double up as pretty posh present tags too!
Sculpey Clay has been my favourite DIY material for 2018. Check out my other clay makes here:
Until next time,
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