When I was a kid, I remember the bubble lights on my Grandma Goldie's tree. From the tree of my own childhood, I remember tinsel and how I loved the glittery look it added to the tree. As a young mother, I enjoyed making ornaments with my kids. I've shared before about how our house was one where glitter and glue were common.........and often the glitter bits were waxed right into the kitchen floor! We made felt ornaments, crafted with construction paper, painted ceramic ornaments, decorated styrofoam balls and made lots of homemade clay ornaments. Most of the those homemade clay ornaments did not survive. But.........in the late 1980's, I learned about polymer clays and I loved working with the clay, baking it and it did not crumble or break!
A few years ago, I made some clay trees and added some "bling".............
I'm going to share how easy it is to make a little clay tree for your Christmas tree. You will need polymer clay. I use a mix of clays that can be purchased at most craft or art supply stores. You will need some "bling" and that is easy.......just buy some of those glitter rhinestones that you can find at Michael's or JoAnn's or find some costume jewelry at a thrift shop and remove the rhinestones.
To begin..........I rolled together a bit of two shades of green and a bit of brown..........
I rolled it together until it was all one color.
Next I flattened the clay into a triangle tree shape with a roller.
You can use cookie cutters to cut your shape or a knife.
I like to "custom cut" my trees and stars so I just started snipping here and there ........
to get the tree shape that I wanted...........
When I had trimmed away all the pieces and had the tree shape I wanted,
then I smoothed the edges with a wooden cuticle stick.
To make the tree base, I rolled a bit of brown clay,
then inserted half a toothpick in it and inserted it into the tree.
I also made a hole in the top of the tree for hanging.
Some of the students added a star to the top of their tree.
Then it was time to add the "bling" or the tree ornaments.
Just peel the rhinestones from the plastic sheet,
then place on your tree and press gently into the clay.
In the photo below, you can see that I added some texture marks to the tree.
I used the cuticle stick to make the marks.The final step is to bake your tree. I bake my clay ornaments at 265 degrees for ten minutes. Then I remove from the oven and let them cool completely. They can be very hot to touch so don't burn yourself! Add a bit of yarn or string for hanging your ornament. Write the date on the back and you have made a memory!
I had some more ornaments I was going to share today but they will have to wait. I spent the day writing our Christmas letter and addressing Christmas cards. The letter is finished and all the cards are signed, sealed and ready to deliver to the post office on Tuesday morning!! I am so happy to know the cards will get to friends and family before Christmas! Just one more week to finish some gifts and do some last-minute shopping. I just love the Christmas Season!!