Colorful, Creatible Christmas Ornaments

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Christmas ornaments are one of the most classic symbols of the holiday season. Without them, your Douglas Fir would just be a regular old plant instead of a festive Christmas tree. In addition to being a classic decoration, many families use ornaments to commemorate a moment in time, like the birth of a child, a special vacation, or different stages of childhood. Aren’t handmade ornaments a hallmark of any family Christmas tree?

We love the tradition of a homemade ornament as much as we love Christmas crafts for kids, so we combined the two into a fun and festive DIY Christmas ornament craft! Using Creatibles DIY Air Clay, Lil’ Poster Paint Pods and Ink Works Markers, you can create one-of-a-kind ornaments that can be given as gifts or brought out each Christmas when you trim your tree.

Time Duration: 30 minutes 

Skill Level: Intermediate

OOLY Products Needed

Other Items Needed: 

  • Scissors (adult supervision required)
  • String or yarn 
  • Cookie cutters 


Art supplies like paint pods, clay, markers, and paint brushes on a white table
Red, green, and white clay on a table with cookie cutters and more clay

Step 1: Choose 2-3 colors of the Creatibles DIY Air Dry Clay Kit, pull apart each color into two separate pieces.

Hand rolling clay into a rope with more clay and cookie cutters on a white table
Clay ropes in green, red, and white sitting on a table with more clay and ornaments
Hand rolling red clay into a rope on a table with more clay ropes

Step 2: Roll out each piece into a rope about 5-6 inches long. You should have 5-6 ropes of clay.

Hand twisting multiple ropes of clay together

Step 3: Gather all of the ropes and gently start twisting them together. Smooth out by rolling into one long rope, about 9-10 inches long.

Step 4: Fold this rope in half and repeat the twisting again.

Hands holding a Christmas colored clay ball with more clay and cookie cutters on a white table
Kid's hands framing a clay ball made of red, green, and white clay

Step 5: Gently squish the rope into a ball.

Hands with rings using a rolling pin to flatten a clay ball

Step 6: Next, use a plastic rolling pin to flatten out the ball to about 1/4 inch.

Hands using a cookie cutter to cut out a gingerbread man from a clay piece
Hand using candy cane cookie cutter to make shapes out of clay
Colorful candy canes made out of clay on a white surface

Step 7: Grab all of your festive cookie cutters to create the ornament shapes. Gently press the cookie cutter into the clay carefully removing the ornament shapes.

Hand poking holes in candy cane ornaments with straw

Step 8: Next, use a straw to poke a hole at the top pf the ornament to later place the string. Set aside the ornaments for 24 hours so the clay can dry. 

Hand with black markers in it near paint pods and colorful christmas ornaments on a white table
Kid's hands holding a marker and writing their name on the back of a gingerbread ornament
Christmas tree ornament with mama 2022 written on it by a hand holding a black marker

Step 9: Once dried, it’s time to add the embellishments! I love adding personalization to ornaments, so we signed our name and dated the back using The Ink Works Markers.

Hands painting a christmas tree ornament near other ornament shapes
Hand holding paint pods near colorful christmas ornaments

My kids, who love sparkles, applied Lil’ Poster Paint Pods in Glitter & Neon with the Lil’ Paint Brush Set just around the edge so we could still see the marbled pattern.

Colorful christmas tree ornaments in the shape of trees and candy canes

Step 10: Finally, affix string, yarn or ribbon and tie to a bow so you can display your beautiful ornaments.

These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are not only fun, but make adorable, thoughtful, and commemorative DIY Christmas gifts for the family. Make them for grandparents, aunts and uncles, or even teachers. But don’t forget to keep some for your own tree!

We would love to see photos of your craft projects! Tag us on Instagram at @WeAreOOLY using #OOLYcreateyourhappy.

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