Last week I went to a homemade ornament exchange party where everyone brought a handmade ornament, picked a name out of a bowl and gifted that person their ornament. Isn’t that such a fun idea? We don’t have a Christmas tree this year so I wasn’t planning on making any ornaments. This party gave me a good excuse to make some anyway.
I used Sculpey clay that I already had on hand from these clay houses and some craft paint that I had lying around. I used a vintage rabbit cookie cutter to cut out the shapes but the rabbit in this shadow puppet template would work great.
I rolled the clay out to about 1/4-inch thick, then cut four out using the cookie cutter. Before putting them into the oven, I used a toothpick to put a hole in the top of each one. Once they were out of the oven and cooled, I spray painted the fronts white and painted the backs gold. Then I taped off various patterns using washi tape and painted some more.
I’m pretty keen on how the polka dots came out. I made them by using a Q-tip dipped in paint and pressing the it down on the surface of the ornament. Aside from being pretty, they were also the easiest to make.
Just like my children, though, I like them all pretty much the same. Which one is your favorite? Have you been whipping up homemade ornaments this year?