Make Beautiful Pressed Clay Ornaments in Minutes

Turn an evergreen sprig into a stamp with these beautiful (and easy!) handmade pressed clay ornaments.

Pressed Clay Ornaments 02:46

Marianne and Brian stamp clay to make textured, vintage-looking ornaments.

Materials Needed

  • quick-dry paper clay
  • wax paper
  • rolling pin
  • toothpick
  • jump rings
  • cookie cutter
  • evergreen sprigs
  • ribbon

Roll Out Clay

Roll the clay into a tight ball and place on wax paper (Image 1). Place another piece of wax paper on top of the ball and press down until flattened. Use a rolling pin to further flatten the clay to about 1/4" thickness. Remove the top layer of wax paper (Image 2).

Cut-Out Ornament

Using a cookie cutter, press down and cut out the ornament. Peel away the excess clay. You'll need to work quickly, as this clay is fast drying.

DIY Pressed Clay Ornament  - Cut-Out Ornament

DIY Pressed Clay Ornament - Cut-Out Ornament

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Imprint Clay

While the clay is still moist, press an evergreen sprig into it hard enough to leave a distinct impression.

DIY Pressed Clay Ornament - Imprint Clay

DIY Pressed Clay Ornament - Imprint Clay

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Prep to Hang

Using a toothpick, push a hole through the top of the ornament, leaving enough room to accommodate a jump ring.

DIY Pressed Clay Ornament - Prep to Hang

DIY Pressed Clay Ornament - Prep to Hang

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Add Jump Ring and Ribbon

Allow the ornament to fully dry for about 2 hours. Once dry, slip the jump ring into the hole (Image 1). Loop a 5" piece of ribbon through the jump ring and tie off to hang the ornament on your tree (Image 2).

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