Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments - Day 2: Clay Hand Print

For Abe's first Christmas, we got one of those "make your own hand print ornament" kits. I was surprised to find that it was basically just air-dry clay, which is super cheap compared to what those kits cost! We made one again this year using a pack of white Model Magic that we picked up for a few dollars at Michael's. (I'm adding a link just to show what it is, but it's definitely cheaper to buy it at your local craft store!) 

1. Working on a sheet of wax or parchment paper, roll clay into a ball and use a rolling pin to flatten it until it's about 1/2" thick.

2. Firmly press hand into clay, push down, and remove slowly. 

3. Find a small bowl, plate, or cup (larger than the hand print) to use as a template, and carefully trim off excess around the edges.

4. Use a straw to poke a hole through the clay.

5. If the edges are ragged (like in the previous photo), gently smooth them by hand. Leave ornament on the wax paper and let dry for at least 24 hours. Flip over halfway through the drying process. 

6. Once it's dry, feel free to decorate with paint, markers, glitter, or just leave it as it is! I sprayed ours with a coat of metallic spray paint.

7. Tie a ribbon through the hole and hang it on the tree!

Find other fun ornaments, to make on your own or with the kids, right here.


  1. Hi! How many ornaments did you get out of one pack of model magic?


    1. There was enough for 2, maybe 3 if I had rolled them a little thinner.