Retro Holiday Ornament

Materials

  • Original Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay (Polyform Products)
  • Acrylic paints: pearl white; aqua; lavender; white; yellow; green
  • Glitter: silver; white; green; pink
  • Ribbon, 1/2 yd.
  • Wooden embroidery hoop, 3-1/2”
  • Vintage millinery or silk flowers and leaves

Tools

  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Waxed paper or glazed ceramic tile (for rolling out clay)
  • Acrylic brayer or rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Craft glue

Directions

STEP 1

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Pull of a chunk of clay and roll into a donut hole-sized ball.

STEP 2

  • Place ball on ceramic tile or waxed paper and roll out to 1/4” thickness.

STEP 3

  • Place embroidery hoop on rolled out clay and use craft knife to trace around inside of hoop, cutting all the way through clay to form a circle. Set excess clay aside.

STEP 4

  • Use finger to smooth circle edges.

STEP 5

  • Roll out excess clay to 1/4” thickness, and use craft knife to cut out desired shapes for village. Simple ideas for ornament include a house, tree and free form snow drifts. Use craft knife to add simple lines for details or bricks.

STEP 6

  • Gently arrange cut out on circle of clay and follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay. Let cool.

STEP 7

  • While clay cools, basecoat embroidery hoop white. When cool, paint vignette.

STEP 8

  • When paint is dry, apply thin layer of craft glue to desired glitter areas. If using multiple glitter colors, apply only one color at a time and let dry completely before applying another color. Quick Tip: Place ornament on paper plate while glittering to save excess glitter for later use.

STEP 9

  • When dry, apply glue to inside of embroidery hoop and place clay vignette inside to secure. Glue ribbon to outside edges of embroidery hoop.

STEP 10

  • For hanger, thread ribbon through hoop fastener and knot ends. Glue bits of vintage millinery or silk flowers to fastener to conceal metal hardware.
by Maryellen Kim
Retro Holiday Ornament
Retro Holiday Ornament