DIY Clay Ornaments

As mentioned in my post about minimizing your waste associated with holiday decorations, DIY clay ornaments are a great place to start. With only three ingredients and a simple recipe, you can get started making your own decorations. My mom used to do this with us as kids and I remember loving being able to pick my own shapes and paint them myself. This is a great thing to do as a group or with kids. With Christmas music playing, popcorn to munch on, and all the creativity flowing you won’t even miss the pricey new ornaments at Target.


2 cups of baking soda

1 cup of corn starch

1 1/4 cups of water

1) Mix all the ingredients in a pot on the stove over medium heat until combined.

2) Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.

3) Knead the ingredients until it takes on a dough like consistency.

4) Roll out the dough on a parchment paper or a silicone mat. Aim for a thickness of about 1 cm. What’s more important is making sure all your ornaments are about the same thickness for consistency.

5) Cut out your ornaments into whatever shapes you’d like. You can use a cookie cutter for this or free hand them. Make sure to put in a hole at the top for a string or ribbon to hang the ornaments.

6) Gather the excess dough and complete steps 4 and 5 until you have no dough left.

7) Lay ornaments on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat and allow to dry overnight.

8) Once the ornaments are dry, paint them however you’d like and let dry. Once dry thread a ribbon or twine through the hole at the top, tie a knot and it’s ready to hang!

Below are some examples from other sites of what your ornaments can look like!