Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Polymer clay ornaments are fun and easy to make and make a big impression.  This tutorial will walk you through creating 3 polymer clay ornaments: reindeer, snowmen, and elves for your Christmas tree.  These ornaments look like they are a lot harder to make then they really are and would make a good craft to do as a family.

I have been giving these away for years to family and friends.  They have evolved a little over the years but they have always been a hit.

Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament TutorialMaterials:

Tools:

  • Basic Polymer Clay Supplies
  • Rolling Pin
  • Blade (Not pictured)
  • Tin Foil

Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Instructions:

Snowman StepsSnowman Ornament

Use white clay to make a ball slightly smaller than your bell.  I used Craft Smart White, I am testing this brand and haven’t made a decision yet, use the brand you like.

Roll a small piece of black clay, I used Premo Black, into a ball then flatten to make the brim of the hat.  Place the brim on the white ball of clay.  Roll a ball of black clay that is slightly smaller than the white and roll it into a long cylinder.  It’s going to get flattened so make it longer than you want the hat to be.  Put the cylinder on top of the brim of the hat directly in the middle.  Squish it down a little but don’t spend too much time getting it perfect.

Next, attach an ornament hook to one of your bells and straighten the hook.  Stick the wire through the middle of the snowman’s head so it comes out the top of the hat.  Gently push the clay into the bell.  You can now spend more time getting the hat perfect.  Curve the wire back into a hook.  You may end up with a hole where the wire leaves the clay.  You can just fill this in using your needle tool or toothpick.

My clay was very squishy so I had to put the head and hat on the wire at the same time.  If your clay is harder you may be able to do them separately.

Snowman Details

Roll a tiny piece of orange clay into an oval, I used Sculpey III Just Orange.  Place the oval slightly above the middle of your snowman’s face.

Once you’ve added the nose you can place the eyes over the nose.  I use a needle tool to get seed beads where I want them.  Squish the eyes into the clay once you have found a placement you like.

To make a scarf, roll the clay out fairly thin, mine was about 1 mm.  You can use any color for this, mine was Premo Pearl Red.  Using a blade, cut a strip about a ¼” wide.  Square off both ends so you will have long rectangle.  Cut one end so it tapers off.  I cut mine half way down the short side and ended it ½” into the long side.

Starting with the end cut at an angle cover the space between the clay and the bell.  The part you cut should be facing down. Start under the face and wrap it around the bell.  It should come around and back over the tapered end.  You should not see any of the section you cut.  Cut the remaining clay where you think the scarf should end.  Use a needle tool or tooth pick to add 3 indents to the end for fringe.

Use your needle tool to give your snowman eye lashes.  If the hat doesn’t come down too far you can also add eye brows.  Using blush that is only used for clay, add a little blush to both cheeks.  This is a good use for old blush you shouldn’t use anymore or a color you didn’t like.

Reindeer StepsReindeer Ornament

The reindeer will take about ¼ of a block of dark brown clay.  I used Sculpey III Suede Brown.  Save two small pieces for ears and make a ball with the rest.

Pinch the top part to make a blunt tear drop shape.  Then flatten the top a little, you want to have a rounded section on the bottom for his snout and a flatter section for the rest of his head.  It should look like the L shaped piece in the top corner of this picture.  The 2 clay pieces in the top corner of this picture are the head from different angles.

Next attach an ornament hook to one of your bells and straighten the hook.  Stick the hook through the middle of the reindeer head so it comes out the top.  Gently push the clay into the bell.  You may need to reshape the clay a little.  Curve the wire back into a hook.  You will probably end up with a hole where the wire leaves the clay.  You can just fill this in using your needle tool or toothpick.

Reindeer Details

Roll the two pieces you saved for the ears into balls then roll the top between your fingers to make a tear drop shape.

Cut a small piece of red for Rudolph’s nose. I used FIMO Effect Glitter Red.  Roll this into an oval. If you want to make a non-Rudolph reindeer just use black and make your oval smaller.

Cut two small pieces of tan for antlers.  I used Premo Ecru.  Roll them into balls then roll the top between your fingers to make a tear drop shape.  Squish the bottom of the teardrop to make it flat.

Place the red nose on the end of the snout on the brown L shaped.  Place the eyes over the nose.  I use a needle tool to get seed beads where I want them.  Squish the eyes into the clay.

Add the ears on either side of the head.  You want to place them a little farther back then you would normally to save room for the antlers.

Using your needle tool, cut 2 indents into the flat part of each set of antlers.  Round them out a little to make each section stand out.  Place the antlers in front of the ears.  Bend the antlers forward a little.  I rolled them over my finger just a little.  This will give them a little more depth.

Reindeer Scarf

To make a scarf, roll the clay out fairly thin, mine was about 1 mm.  You can use any color for this, mine was Premo Pearl Green.  Using a blade cut a strip about a ¼” wide.  Square off both ends so you will have long rectangle.  Cut one end so it tapers off.  I cut mine half way down the short side and ended it ½” into the long side.

Starting with the end cut at an angle cover the space between the clay and the bell.  The part you cut should be facing down. Start under the face and wrap it around the bell.  It should come around and back over the tapered end.  You should not see any of the section you cut.  Cut the remaining clay where you think the scarf should end.  Use a needle tool or tooth pick to add 3 indents to the end for fringe.

Use your needle tool to give your reindeer eye lashes, eye brows, and a mouth.

Elf StepsElf Ornament

Use tan clay to make a ball about the same size as your bell, I used Premo Ecru.

Next, attach an ornament hook to one of your bells and straighten the hook.  Stick the hook through the middle of the elf head so it comes out the top.  Gently push the clay into the bell.  You may need to reshape the clay a little.

Roll a ball of red clay into a ball, I use Premo Pearl Red.  It should be a little smaller than the head of your elf.  Flatten the bottom and roll the top into a point, it should look like a red Hershey Kiss.  Thread the clay down the wire onto the top of your elf’s head. Curve the wire back into a hook.  You will probably end up with a hole where the wire leaves the clay.  You can just fill this in using your needle tool or toothpick.

Roll a piece of white clay, I used Premo White, into a long snake.  Make sure that it will go around the top of the elf’s head.  Starting at the back of the elf’s head wrap the white clay around the top of the head covering the space between the red and tan clay.  Connect the ends at the back.

Elf Details

To make ears, roll two pieces of tan clay into balls then pinch the top to bring to a point.  Flatten each ear a little.  Squish the ears onto each side of the elf’s head.  Midway between the face and the back of the head looks best.  The bottom part of the ear should be flattened into the head.  Use a tool to leave an indent in the middle of each ear.  If you only have a needle tool roll it a little to the indent bigger.

Roll a tiny piece of tan clay into an oval.  Place the oval slightly above the middle of your elf’s face. Place the eyes over the nose.  I use a needle tool to get seed beads where I want them.  Squish the eyes into the clay.

Bi-Colored Elf Scarf

To make a scarf, roll 2 colors of clay into long snakes and twist them together.  I used Red and Green Pearl from Premo.  Then flatten them together and roll them out fairly thin, mine was about a mm.  Using a blade cut a strip about a ¼” wide.  Square off both ends so you will have long rectangle.  Cut one end so it tapers off.  I cut mine half way down the short side and ended it ½” into the long side.

Starting with the end cut at an angle cover the space between the clay and the bell.  The part you cut should be facing down.  Start under the face and wrap it around the bell.  It should come around and back over the tapered end.  You should not see any of the section you cut.  Cut the remaining clay where you think the scarf should end.  Use a needle tool or tooth pick to add 3 indents to the end for fringe.

Use your needle tool to give your elf eye lashes.  If the hat doesn’t come down too far you can also add eye brows.  Push a pre-made candy cane into the clay where his mouth should be.  Check out my post 4 Polymer Clay Accessories to Make Ahead for an easy Candy Cane Technique.  Using blush that is only used for clay, add a little blush to both cheeks.

Baking

Baking these is a little tricky.  Any clay touching your baking surface will be left shiny and slightly flattened.  To avoid this, make a tin foil bowl to stand it up.

Lay out a piece of tin foil.  Roll the sides of the tin foil up into the middle to make a bowl.  These are shown in the Materials picture at the top of this post.

Place your tin foil bowls onto your baking surface, I like to use a clay tile, and add the bells.

Bake everything according to the directions on the clay use used and let cool completely.

Your ornaments are now ready to decorate the tree. I would love to see how your project turns out. Post your pictures to Instagram or Twitter #boutsofspontaneouscrafting

Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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