4 Types of Home-Made Ornaments Using Decoupage, Dough, Clay, & Fabric

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This year our church is decorating the church tree with home-made ornaments. We want ornaments from the kiddos as well as from the adults. Coming up with ornament prototypes for the Sunday school PreK’s through 5th graders has been a blast.

Over Thanksgiving break I spent 3 days with my daughter, Elizabeth. 3 of my nieces also stayed with her. For a majority of that time we made ornaments. We covered Elizabeth’s tree with home-made ornaments and we each got to take some home.

Below are the types of ornaments the church kiddos, my nieces, my daughter, and I made. NOTE: The clay, decoupage, and dough ornaments were sealed with Krylon crystal clear spray finish.

  • This stain glass look-alike and single-colour ball were made using smallish pieces of tissue paper dipped in liquid starch. The tissue covered the gold balls quite nicely.
  • The Cinnamon Salt Dough Star (more info below) was made with tissue decoupage and puffy paint.
NOTE: (1) Start layering with the lightest colours first, ending with the darkest colour on top.
(2) If you don’t have liquid starch you can use modge podge or craft glue thinned with some water.

Cinnamon Salt Dough
The dough is made by mixing together the following:
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
Roll out dough, cut with coolie cutters, poke a hole in the top, and bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 1 hour. The precise directions are at this link. 
NOTE: (1) Thinner is better for these ornaments. The thick ones had a tendency to puff out and form cracks.
(2) Be sure to watch that you don’t overbake as the bottoms will burn. Just saying – lol.
You can cover the cooked dough with glitter or puffy paint! See the tissue-decoupaged ornament peeking through just off-center?
 This star was painted with white paint to look like frosting. Then I covered the “frosting” with cake sprinkles.
The Cinnamon Salt Dough does well with acrylic paint.
(1) Aren’t Patrick and Pooh cute?
(2) The bright blue shows up nicely on the tree. The red/white candy cane is explained down below.
(3) Ninjas look good on the tree too.

Sculpey Oven Baked Clay Projects
Snowman Plaque
(1) For the base we cut a 3″x4″ rectangle from white foam board. We covered it with a thin layer of the Sculpey clay.
(2) We cooked the plaque with the half circle heads, hats, scarves, and noses as one piece at 250 degrees F for 15 minutes. 
NOTE: (1) Put a bit of wire in the nose, under the clay. Otherwise it will break off.
(2) I made the one on the left. My daughter made the one on the right.
 (1) The foil-lined cookie sheet is full of our baked projects.
(2) My son made the snowman on the right. He wasn’t shy about being the only male. 
 (1) Kate’s snowman is small, about 4 inches tall and reminds me of The Snowman.
(2) Em’s snowman is BIG about 7 inches tall. Love those blue eyes.
(3) Sammi made a snowman too. I am not showing her art because some are presents and at this moment I cannot remember which ones are. So best not to post any.

Snowman on Star
This technique combined the cinnamon salt dough and Sculpey clay.

Fabric Wrapped Candy Cane 
We raided my daughter’s rag basket for this ornament. We cut pieces about one inch in width. As we wrapped it around the candy cane we’d periodically dabble some hot glue.
NOTE: (1) We used real candy canes because that’s what we had on hand.
(2) I was inspired to try this craft because of reading this post on Eyeballs by Day Crafts by Night. Maggie uses homespun fabric in one colour per cane. So cute!
Hope you enjoyed seeing our creations. All the “kiddos” from young to old enjoyed doing these projects.
Your Turn . . . What have you created lately? Any ornaments?
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