Made by me, for your tree!

5 Dec

So, I had a go at making the lovely Sania Pell’s clay Christmas decorations last weekend. I can’t believe how easy they were and how well they turned out!

You’ll need this book for the proper instructions but I made up my own based on the photos on Sania’s blog.

Here’s what I used:

1x 500g pack white DAS air-hardening clay (this amount made 18 decorations)

1x set of Martha Stewart snowflake stamps

1x chopstick

1x foot file* (I did warn you this was the unofficial version!)

1x spool baker’s twine**

* unused, promise

**TIP: this is much cheaper if you buy it wholesale from a revolting-looking butcher’s suppliers like this

And here’s how I did it:

1} Carefully remove the clay from its packaging. I was prepared with a rolling pin but found that the clay block was exactly the right dimensions for the finished tags as it was, so I simply cut thin (2mm) slices from the block using a sharp kitchen knife. Reserve a little clay to make the mini tags to layer on top of the larger slices.

2} Pat the tops and edges of your clay slices to tidy them up a bit then use the chopstick to make a hole at the top. Then press the rubber stamps firmly into the clay, turn over and repeat on the other side.

3} Take the reserved clay and make miniature versions of the above using the same method. Lay all the decorations on a clean J cloth and leave to dry. Mine took 3 days to dry completely.

4} Gently smooth the edges using the foot file if necessary (an emery board or a little bit of sandpaper would work too). String together the larger decorations and the mini tags with baker’s twine and knot to make a hanging loop.

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

I’ll be popping a few decorations in with my Christmas cards this year so my lovely friends and family have a little extra present before the big day. Have you got any Christmas craft projects in the pipeline? I’d love to see what you’re up to so leave a link / pin in the comments!

11 Responses to “Made by me, for your tree!”

  1. Kerridwen Angel Baker Niner October 1, 2013 at 14:00 #

    I have been playing with this stuff this morning, i’ve had the clay for too long. I used cookie cutters and then pressed a foam stamp into it but not sure they made a great impression but having seen your’s i intend to make more, they look fab and so simple, i was going to paint mine or glitter them, time will tell :)

  2. Michelle December 8, 2011 at 10:15 #

    They look lovely – I did some of these too – also used cookie cutters to make christmas shapes in clay with the help of my little one. We had great fun. Nice blog – I’ve bookmarked you!

  3. NordicBliss December 7, 2011 at 11:40 #

    They look very nice. That is realyl inspiring. I really want to do some DIY for Chritmas as well. Just need to find time for it between all the Christmas parties… and thank you for the tip reg bakers twine!

  4. Michelle Y December 5, 2011 at 09:08 #

    These are gorgeous (and thanks for the bakers twine tip)


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