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Just in time for the holidays! Learn how to make your own ornaments and gift tags using oven bake clay!

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Supplies: Sculpey oven bake clay, rolling pin, bakers twine, paint (I only used black), cookies cutters, paint pen and paint brushes.  (Not pictured: a straw)

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Begin by rolling out your clay into a thin, even sheet (about 5/8″ thick).  Using your cookie cutters, cut out shapes in different sizes.  I decided to just use circles but you can use any cookie cutter shape you have in your cupboard!  Next, poke holes in the tops of all your ornaments using a straw.  Bake according to the directions on the package.  If you are using the original Sculpey oven bake clay, it should be on a glass sheet or dish, baking at 275°F for 15 minutes for every ¼ inch of clay thickness.

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After you have baked the clay and let them cool, design to your heart’s content!  I originally thought I would use both black and metallic paint but I ended up loving the simplicity of the black paint alone on the clay.  Some I painted with black acrylic paint, and others that required a finer line I used an extra fine point paint pen.  I then finished the ornaments with bakers twine.  The smaller sized ornaments work great as personalized gift tags on a gift box.  And the larger ones are perfect for decorating your Christmas tree!



  1. Sioned

    I’m so happy you’ve done these for ABM! I bought clay last year to make some but never got around to it- definitely will be doing it this year.

    Little question, did you have to bake them again to get the paint and pen to set? Or leave it for a certain amount of time? I’m worried about smudging.


    • kelli

      Sioned – no, I didn’t bake them again after I painted them. They seemed to be fine (no smudge) after the paint dried. Perhaps baking them again would seal it though? I had never heard of that but you might be right….xo

  2. Tabitha

    These ornaments are lovely! But you didn’t mention in your instructions that any tool you use for polymer clay should be a dedicated tool that never touches food again, as it is not food safe. I wonder if you might be able to provide a slightly updated set of instructions to reflect this.

  3. Karolin

    I really love your ornaments! So so so so pretty!
    I tried to make some nearly like yours too but yours are definitely the prettier ones. :) I linked you at my blog when I blogged about mine! Hope that’s okay!
    Thank you so much for this awesome inspiration!

    Greetings from Germany! :)

  4. Kelly

    Did you use a stencil for design ? If so where can I find them? Thank you for sharing. Kelly.



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