If you’re one for unconventional decor, you’ll love these unique homemade clay ornaments. I love the way the brushed metallic gilding adds depth and dimension; it also adds that festive touch! The best part? Once the holidays are over, you can still use the homemade clay ornaments to decorate your home.
Feather Homemade Clay Ornaments Supplies:
- Access to an Oven.
- White Oven-Bake Polymer Clay (2 oz or 1.75 lb depending on how many you are making).
- Parchment Paper and Metal Cookie Sheet.
- Wood Rolling Pin.
- Liquid Gilding (I used Brass – Silver and Gold are available, too!).
- X-Acto Knife.
- Thin Paintbrush.
- Darice Black Suede Lace.
- Craft Scissors.
Step 1. Roll a 1-1.5 inch wide ball of clay. In order to soften up the clay, you may have to knead it with your hands for bit.
Step 2. Use the rolling pin to flatten the ball into an oval.
Step 3. Continue rolling and flattening. Pull both ends to decrease the oval’s width, pulling a little more at one end. This will eventually be the top of the feather.
Step 4. Pinch the top to create a pointed end. You may have to break off some clay to do this.
Step 5. Carefully roll the pointed end to create a loop. Later, you’ll string the cord through this hole, so make sure it’s big enough to fit the suede cord.
Step 6. Using the X-acto knife, create a vertical line down the middle.
Step 7. Use the knife to add diagonal lines on both sides of the center groove.
Step 8. You can also use the opposite end of the paintbrush to add more dimension down the center.
Step 9. Using the craft scissors, cut diagonal slits down each side. These slits should be parallel to the diagonal marks made with the knife.
I found that the best method was to cut both partially through the clay and completely through it. I randomly alternated between the two. No two real feathers are alike and perfectly symmetrical…so, the more random, the better!
Step 10. With your fingers, carefully fan out parts of the edge for more dimension on your homemade clay ornaments.
Step 11. Repeat until you have created the desired quantity of feathers. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and bake according to the package’s directions.
I’m really loving these homemade clay ornaments. They’re great for bringing in a different look to your tree, and they’re sure to be conversation pieces.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.