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Marbled Christmas Ornaments Using Clay

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This post will show you how I made marbled Christmas ornaments using clay. They are easy and will make a great addition to your tree.

Marbled Christmas Ornaments Using Clay

I keep saying I’m done making Christmas ornaments, but then I get another idea. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I decided to make some new coasters, and while picking up the materials for those, I decided that the approach would make cute and easy Christmas ornaments, too.

And ones that don’t break when the curious Christmas kitties knock them off the tree. Post on the coasters coming soon, so for now, let’s chat ornaments.

mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments

HERE’S WHAT I USED

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  • Polymer clay, I used white and black from the Sculpey brand. If you’re a colors person, there are some great multipacks as well. The colors are really vivid.
  • Rolling pin
  • Cardboard, foam, or cardstock cut in a Christmas tree shape; download the free printable here to print, cut out, and trace, or freehand one. You can also use a cookie cutter, but I don’t have any Christmas ones and didn’t want to buy any just for this project. I also wanted my ornaments to be on the smaller side so I could make more.
  • Cutting tool suitable for clay, something like this
  • Super duper clean work space (clean once, then twice, then maybe even three times)
  • Oven and mitts
  • Twine and toothpick
  • Optional: Glue stick and gold leaf foil

And here are the steps for my marbled Christmas ornaments using clay!

Step 1: Warm up clay balls

I’m using black  and white clay. (Note: If you’re using white, make sure you roll that out before other colors to avoid staining your hands/work space.) Kneed and roll each color separately until each is in a ball.

Don’t be discouraged if the clay is difficult to manipulate at first. It just needs to be worked a bit.

rolling out clay

Step 2: Roll each clay ball into a string

Roll each ball into a string. Thicker strings will lead to bolder colors in your final product. Thinner strings will blend and bleed more. I tried both, and both give different but equally beautiful effects.

rolling out clay
rolling out clay
rolling out clay

Step 3: Twist strings together

I paired a black and white string, twisting them together like so. You can do this with more than two colors, too.

mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments
mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments
mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments
mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments

Step 4: And twist again

Then I broke in half and twisted again, rolling this to smooth it out. Then repeated once more. 🙂

mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments
mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments
mixing clay colors for christmas tree ornaments
mixing clay colors
mixing clay colors
mixing clay colors

Step 5: Ball the clay up together

I then balled the shape together to get some more mixing and flatted it to my working space using my hands. I used my rolling pin to roll the clay out into a flat shape.

Push down harder in some spots to further blend out the colors and create interesting patterns. Roll until you’ve achieve the desired thickness of your ornaments. (Remember that too thick could be too heavy depending on the type of tree you have.)

mixing clay colors

Step 6: Cut out the trees

If you’re using the tree printable template, make sure you’ve printed that, cut it out, and traced it on to cardboard, foam, or another reasonably thick surface. (I used a piece of an old folder.)

Them cut that out, set it on the rolled out clay, and carefully cut the tree shape out. While you’re cutting out your trees, you’ll end up with leftovers. I just rolled the leftovers in with the next batch of clay to roll out and cut from to hopefully end up with very little waste.

This method also further mixes the colors, too, creating some more blended patterns that I really liked.

tree templates
mixing out clay
mixing out clay
mixing out clay
cutting out clay ornaments
mixing out clay

Step 7: Bake the clay ornaments!

When I was done cutting, I used a tooth pick to create a small ornament string hole in the top of each tree. Then I baked all of the ornaments according to the directions on the Sculpey package. Follow the directions for your brand carefully.

Once they were finished baking and had cooled, I tied some twine on and hung.

marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay

Optional step: I used a glue stick and some gold leaf foil to add some fleck of gold detailing to these as well, focusing on the edges. I used a method similar to what I did for these golf leafed ball ornaments.

**Very important: If you add gold leaf, add it AFTER you bake the ornaments, NOT before.

gold leafing clay ornaments
gold leafing clay ornaments
gold leafing clay ornaments

Here are a few of them hung on my tree:

marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay

For more DIY holiday decor ideas, check out DIY dried orange slice garland, my 7 ideas for decorating with clear crystal ball ornaments, my DIY paint stirrer ornaments, and my small rosemary wreath!

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marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay
marbled Christmas ornaments using clay

DIY Monochrome Marbled Tree Ornaments

DIY Monochrome Marbled Tree Ornaments #christmasornaments #christmascrafts #christmas #diyornaments #polymerclay #monochrome #modern #scandiinspired

How to make DIY monochrome marbled Christmas tree ornaments using polymer clay. It's easy and will make a great addition to your tree.

Materials

Instructions

    1. Kneed and roll each color of polymer clay separately until each is in a ball.
    2. Roll each ball into a string. Thicker strings will lead to bolder colors in your final product. Thinner strings will blend and bleed more.
    3. Paire a black and white string, twisting them together. You can do this with more than two colors, too.
    4. Ball the shape together to get some more mixing and flatten it to your working space using your hands.
    5. Use your rolling pin to roll the clay out into a flat shape. Push down harder in some spots to further blend out the colors and create interesting patterns.
    6. Roll until you've achieve the desired thickness of your ornaments. (Remember that too thick could be too heavy depending on the type of tree you have.)
    7. Using your tree printable template place it on the clay and cute around it. Roll the scrap together to further mold the clay and repeat 5 and 6 until you run out of clay.
    8. Use a toothpick to create a small ornament hanger hole in the top of the tree.
    9. Bake all of the ornaments according to the directions on the Sculpey package.
    10. Once they are done baking and cooled, tie twine through each ornament to hang.
    11. *OPTIONAL* use a glue stick and some gold leaf foil to add some fleck of gold, focusing on the edges
    12. And your done!


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