CHRISTMAS CRAFT COLLECTIVE: MEL MAKES CLAY ORNAMENTS

Aaaaand we’re back with another Christmas Craft. Today’s is from the lovely Mel Wiggins, who just gave her blog a makeover which you should definitely check out. Below, she shares her tips and ricks for making clay ornaments…she did this with her little munchkin Levi, so if you have kids too, roll up their sleeves and have fun!

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Ok, so the recipe is pretty simple:

1 cup of baking soda

1/2 a cup of cornflour

3/4 cup of water

Mix the dry ingredients in a heavy saucepan first (no heat obvs), add the water and then bring the mixture to the boil – stirring all the time.  ALL THE TIME.

The mixture will start to thicken and will then turn into a stodgy lump (original post says it starts to look like mashed potatoes – that is pretty accurate).  Take it off the heat right away and plop the full lump of mixture onto a baking tray and cover it with a damp tea towel.

Once it’s cool (I’d say about 15 mins), you can start to knead it a bit with your hands to smooth it out. Throw some cornflour onto your worktop or table and then roll the clay out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Then you can use cookie cutters to make shapes or freehand with a knife!  Levi LOVED making these.

mel pic 1Don’t forget, if you are making them into ornaments, you’ll want to poke a hole in them for hanging before they dry.  I left our batch to air-dry for 24 hours and they were good and solid.  They really do turn out silky smooth.  Once they are completely dried, you can either leave them plain (classy) or decorate them with some paint/glitter (potentially tacky) or even use an exacto knife to carve a word or a name into them for a little personal touch!

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While Levi was stamping out some shapes, I rolled some chunks of the clay into balls and poked a hole through.  Here’s my first attempted at hand-painting some beads for necklaces… 

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So there you have it! Easy, child-friendly and very pretty results. What have you been making this Christmas? Still to come in this series: Christmas stockings, paper chains and a couple of surprises. And in case you missed it, check out Ben’s pom-pom tutorial! See you soon!

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