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DIY: air drying clay Christmas tree decorations

I just love … a couple of years ago I used it to make these simple and this week we had a go at some more using different rubber stamps to create an embossed effect.

For those who haven’t used it before, can be rolled and moulded like salt dough but dries to an off white ceramic finish. A big 1kg block costs under £5 from or local craft shops. We used about a third of packet to make about 25 decorations.

Air Drying Clay Christmas Tree Decorations

DIY: air drying clay Christmas tree decorations

1) Slice off about one third of a 1kg block of DAS air drying clay. Seal the remainder quickly in the packet as it soon dries out.

2) Roll out the clay to about 1.5mm thick on a smooth surface. Cut out shapes using a range of biscuit cutters – we chose snowflakes and hearts but anything festive will do… play around with the different ones you have cutting positive and negative shapes and various sizes.

3) Working quickly before the clay dries, emboss the decorations using rubber stamps or found materials like lace and hessian. Anything you can find with a pretty textures surface will work nicely.

4) Use the plastic casing of a biro to cut a small hanging hole in the top of each shape for hanging.

5) Leave until the clay is leather hard, then gently lift the decorations from your worksurface and transfer to a warm dry place to dry out. These are thin so will only take a few hours. They’ll harden up and lighten in colour when they’re dry.

DIY: air drying clay Christmas tree decorations

6) Thread with twine or ribbon and they’re ready to hang on the tree!

These are really simple and certainly easy enough to try with the kids this weekend. Don’t forget to share the results with us on / / @DecoratorsNotes or on .

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DIY: air drying clay Christmas tree decorations

I loved your decs a couple of years ago and I love these too! I’d definitely like to get some rubber stamps to try next year.

These look so fragile and elegant. I’ve never played with air drying clay and it seems like it’d be fun. Plus, it looks like it’s a lot cleaner than using regular clay. I’ll definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing!

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