Make Lace-Imprinted Clay Holiday Ornaments
This lace-imprinted clay holiday ornament project is a product of a bored Sunday afternoon spent wandering around Jo-Ann fabric. And it’s so easy that you can do it in about an hour–including a trip to the store! The ornament is made out of oven-bake clay that’s embellished with a lace pattern and some paint. It’s a lovely little project that would make a great DIY gift, and kids can even help out with the process.
You can customize this project by changing the clay, paint, or trim colors, or by using a different kind of ribbon. There are also tons of different beautiful lace patterns out there.
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- Sculpey polymer clay and knife
- Small piece of lace
- Circular cookie cutter, parchment paper, rolling pin, and toothpick
- Painter’s Tape, small chip brush, and paint (I used Buttercream Paint in Dainty Pink)
- Gold paint pen
And here’s how you make them.
Step 1: Clean your workspace and lay out a piece of parchment paper. Kneed your clay into a ball, cutting it in half every so often to pop any air bubbles. (Especially if you’re using white clay, make sure your workspace is spotless. The clay picks up everything!)
Step 2: Using your rolling pin, gently roll the lace down into the clay and then slowly peel the lace off, revealing a pattern. It may take a few tries to get the pattern just right. If you don’t like how it looks, just roll the clay back up into a ball and start over.
Step 3: Use your circular cookie cutter to cut a clean circle out of the clay. Clean up any loose ends (I used a little plastic scalpel, but you can use a small kitchen knife) and then use a toothpick to poke a hole through the top of the circle.
Bake the clay according to your package’s instructions. Mine only needed about 10 minutes. I like working on the parchment paper because you can pop it right into the oven. Then, once the clay is done baking, you can take it right out of the oven and continue working.
Step 4: Once your ornament has cooled, use painter’s tape to tape over the spots you don’t want painted. Put just a bit of paint onto the tip of your brush and gently brush over the lace pattern.
The goal is to avoid getting paint into all of the depressed parts of the pattern, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. I like using a chip brush because the bristles are coarse, so if you just put a bit of paint onto them, it’s like you’re dry brushing the pattern.
Step 5: Peel the painter’s tape off before the paint dries. After the paint dries, use a paint pen to embellish the “trim” around the ornament.
Once the trim dries, thread a ribbon through the hole, hang, and you’re done!