DIY Gold-Trimmed Woodland Creature Ornaments

‘Tis the season to get that adorable Christmas tree all trimmed up! I finally have an adequate amount of ornaments to cover our tree but I still like to pick out a few new ones every year. As much as I love window shopping the Anthropologie ornaments, I don’t really love their price tag and was determined to make one myself.

I teamed up with Brunette to make these stylish little ornaments that are not only a perfect fit for my rustic themed Christmas tree, they cost us all of zero dollars to make.  The perks of leftover craft supplies, right? After seeing a gold trimmed ornament at Target, Brunette was inspired. Now we can share that inspiration with you!

For this project you will need:

  1. cookie cutters
  2. clay that will air harden – we used Prang Das Air Hardening Modeling Clay
  3. rolling pin
  4. safety pins- 1 for each ornament
  5. gold paint
  6. paintbrush
  7. twine
  8. sandpaper – optional but I recommend it

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The first and probably most important step is to find a project to keep your little ones occupied (If you don’t have little ones then we are slightly jealous of your ability to craft uninterrupted). I highly suggest finding an activity that mirrors what you are doing, hence the play dough.

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Roll out the clay and cut out those cute little woodland animals.

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Insert the safety pins in the top the ornament with the part that opens facing in. This will provide a nice little place to string your twine.

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Let them harden according to the directions for the clay you are using. The  Prang clay recommends twenty-four hours so plan on this being a two part project.

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Once they have hardened, it’s a good idea to go ahead and sand the edges a bit to smooth them out. Keep that sandpaper handy in case your hands aren’t super steady when you paint (me) and you get a little paint on your finger and put a giant print right in the middle of your fox (me). A little bit of sanding can take that right off.

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For the edges, we went with 20K Gold paint by Martha Stewart but any color would do. We did a few coats, let them dry and hung them on the twine.

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Doesn’t that squirrel look right at home nestled up next to our lumberjack?

Cheers,

Blondie

 

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