Polymer Clay Ornament - Christmas in July
Welcome back to Christmas in July at The Apple Street Cottage. This time I have a quick and easy project for you that doesn't cost much at all. Why, you ask? Because it's also Ten on the 10th - when a group of bloggers share ideas and inspiration for under $10. 'Christmas in July' is the theme for the hop and I've got a sweet little ornament you can make.
The first step is to roll it out. The instructions mention a thickness of 1/4" so I used two pencils and rolled out the clay between layers of waxed paper.
I needed a little more surface area for my cookie cutter, so I rolled it a bit thinner until I had the size I needed. I used my bell cookie cutter and peeled the excess clay from around the edge.
Since it looked a bit plain, I grabbed an embossing folder that I had to give it some texture. If you don't have any embossing folders laying around, rubber stamps, a piece of lace, or anything with a pattern can be used - even a pretty spoon handle!
Don't forget to make a hole with a straw at the top and bake according to the directions on the package. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this step.
Once cooled, the raised design was traced with some glue and sprinkled with prisma glitter.
A glue pen would be perfect for this step, but sadly, mine was dried-up so I improvised!
When dry, a paint brush was used to remove the excess glitter.
A red ribbon was added for hanging and the ornament was done.
Here's a close-up of the glitter detail:
I may (or may not) have missed some stray glitter...LOL
I did not seal my ornament because I've heard mixed reviews on it. The most common complaint was the clear spray left it sticky.
This is an inexpensive project to make and most of the materials needed are things you have around the house: rolling pin, waxed paper, pencils, drinking straw, and ribbon. The clay was $1.98 and a container of prisma glitter is about $5 and you don't even use a dollar's worth of it. Honestly, the stuff lasts forever! So, for less than $3 you have a cute ornament to hang on your tree. Take a look at your cookie cutters - bells, trees, sleighs - SO many possibilities. This would also be a great summer project for the kids. Don't you agree?
It's also Ten on the 10th and you don't want to miss the projects that everyone else has prepared. All the links are listed below: