The Easiest DIY Santa Ornaments Using Handprints & Air-Dry Clay
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These festive Santa ornaments will make a Christmas keepsake to enjoy for years to come!
Here’s a special ornament idea to make this season!
Christmas crafts are my favorite, especially ornaments. Years ago when my kids were little, I made these festive Santa ornaments with them. Unpacking all the handmade sentimental ornaments is such a fun part of holiday decorating.
I do miss having little ones, so thank goodness I can now include my young nephews in crafty fun things like this! They are the perfect ages to create hand-print ornaments, and we had a blast doing this project with them as a holiday activity.
Air-dry clay is easy and convenient for making homemade ornaments!
The Crayola brand clay I am using is durable and ready to mold and use. There is no need to bake afterward as it dries hard in about 12-24 hours. Our original ornaments are now almost eleven years old, so I can vouch that ornaments can stand the test of time.
Hip Tip: My teammate Sara recently shared her recipe for making homemade salt dough ornaments. You could go that route instead if you’d like to make your own dough!
Air-dry clay is very versatile for other ornament shapes!
Here is an example on my tree this year of a fun Christmas ornament I made in 2011 using air-dry clay, a cookie cutter, and stamps. I painted the whole ornament white and I love that it’s still around 11 years later! You can really get creative and use any shape or color you’d like.
Santa Christmas OrnamentsPrint
Tips for making Santa ornaments:
- Be sure to cover your workspace with plastic or parchment paper before rolling out the clay. It will stick to the table or surface.
- Baking this specific Crayola air-dry clay in the oven is not recommended. It’s best to leave time for drying if using this product.
- You can also make other various-shaped Christmas ornaments using cookie cutters. Consider using stamps, or tree branches to press shapes and patterns.
How sweet and cute are these Santas?
I sure love how this project turns out! It’s a fun craft idea to complete with the kiddos in your life. I’ll be giving these back to my nephews after painting and I hope they’ll love them for many years to come!