Rustic Handmade Clay Christmas Ornaments

A Handmade Ornament Blog Hop

 
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Well my friends, the Holiday season is upon us and I’m officially sharing my very first Christmas post EVER here on making it in the mountains! Exciting, right?! This is going to be a very special season indeed. Not only will it be my first Christmas as a blogger sharing in and feeding off of everyone’s excitement, but most importantly, this will be the first Christmas that our little guy will understand the magic of the season! At 2 1/2, he won’t just be able to enjoy how pretty a Christmas tree looks all lit up, or crying on Santa’s knee, he’ll be able to take part in the magic of it all – decorating, making gifts, making his own list (with some help of course), watching holiday movies, looking at Christmas lights, reading Christmas stories, leaving out milk, cookies & carrots for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve, and of course waking up to a ton of fun presents on Christmas morning! This really is going to be our most special Christmas yet!

Though we haven’t exactly set up our tree(s) yet, I’ve already started crafting some decorations! My hope is to decorate one of our trees (in our new home, I can finally have two!!!) entirely with handmade ornaments! Ambitious? You bet! But, when have you ever known me to back down from a challenge? Especially one I’ve handed down myself! And of course, what better way to kick things off, than with 30+ Handmade Ornament ideas?!

Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop
 

I’m SO excited to share these little clay Christmas ornaments with y’all today and you won’t believe how incredibly simple they were to make!

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains
 

I started by rolling out some Air Dry Clay to about 1/8 inch thick and cutting out my shapes. I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a circle, but you could use almost anything really.

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains
 

I then added a bit of texture to my clay by pressing some different fabrics onto the front – I tried burlap, linen and lace and I especially loved adding a bit of detail with the edges of an old lace doily I had laying around (thanks Gram!).

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains
 

I also added some Christmas text to some by stamping small letters into the clay. Finally, I poked a hole through each ornament so that I would have a way to hang them.

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains
 

After letting the clay dry for 24 hours I added a coat of champagne acrylic paint to a few of the ornaments just to add a bit of sparkle, but I was also sure to leave some just the way they were because I loved the rustic look of the plain clay so much too!

With a bit of jute or ribbon tied through them, these pretty ornaments are ready for our Christmas tree – you know, just as soon as our Christmas tree is ready for them!

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains
 

I cannot believe how simple these clay ornaments were to make and I couldn’t be happier with how these sweet little ornaments turned out!

Rustic Clay Christmas Ornaments - making it in the mountains
 

If you’re looking for even more DIY ornament inspiration, here are ton of lovely ideas!!!

Wishing you SUCH a lovely Sunday!!!

 

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71 thoughts on “Rustic Handmade Clay Christmas Ornaments

    1. Thank you Peggy! That’s just what I was planning to use them for too actually! You could easily write on the back with a gold sharpie and it would look SO pretty!

  1. These are so pretty, Kristi! I’m also so excited about Christmas this year. My boys are 2 and 4 and they’re already totally in the Christmas spirit. We’ve been watching Polar Express every single night for the past 2 weeks. It’s fun seeing the magic of the season through their eyes 🙂

    1. Thank you Amy!!! I cannot wait to watch Polar Express – I’m pretty sure he’s going to love it so much that we’ll have to watch it all year round 😉 The only Christmas movie we’ve watched this year is Elf, and he absolutely LOVES it! Polar Express is going to blow his mind!!! I thought I loved Christmas before, but I’m pretty sure this little guy is going to take it to a whole new level!!!

  2. I love this craft! So cute but easy to make! They can also be a gift tag or an handmade gift -for example, combined with fragrant essence, as perfumer for cabinets! Thanks for sharing! Pinned! Iky

  3. Kristi, this is such a beautiful ornament. I love that you made it seem totally doable ! I think it’s going on my to-do list 🙂 Thanks for linking w/ Twirl and Take a Bow xo

  4. So cute ! Thank you for linking up at Bloggers Brag weekly pinterest party. I have pinned to Bloggers brags pinterest board.We would love to see you again next monday.

  5. This is exactly what I needed for my cub scout den this week! Thank you so very much for linking up at Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. I featured you on my fb page to show you off!!! Hope to see you again next week. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  6. These are so beautiful. I’ve been contemplating decorating my tree in all neutrals this year and these would be perfect! Thanks for linking up at Motivational Monday!

  7. It’s your first Christmas as a blogger?! Mine too! Happy first blog Christmas. 🙂 I wondered if I’d feel a lot of pressure this year to decorate big, now that I live in this world, but so far not too much. We’ll see how it goes after this weekend when everyone gets their stuff up! Haha!

    1. YES! Happy first Bloggy Christmas Laura!!! I’m wishing I had all the time and money in the world to decorate my house after seeing SUCH amazing and inspiring Holiday home tours already!!! I’m thinking we’ll have to build up over the years though 😉

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