DIY Clay Nutcracker & Angel Ornaments

DIY Clay Nutcracker & Angel Ornaments

You can eas­ily make cute nut­crack­ers and angels out of air-drying clay and use them as Christ­mas orna­ments or attach them to your Christ­mas presents. Air-drying clay is a great alter­na­tive to tra­di­tional pot­tery, which isn’t very do-at-home friendly, since you need a wheel and a kiln.

What You Need

  • Acrylic paint
  • Sil­ver wire
  • Cot­ton balls
  • Air-drying clay
DIY Clay Nutcracker Ornament

Step 1
Sculpt the orna­ment. I made the head and torso first and added lit­tle bits and pieces.

DIY Clay Nutcracker Ornament

Step 2
To be able to hang it after, make a lit­tle hook out of sil­ver craft wire and stick it into the head.

Step 3
Let them air dry, for about an hour. You can speed this up by putting them in the oven on the low­est set­ting for about 15 minutes.

Step 4
Take them out of the oven, let them cool a bit, and glue the head, torso, and other parts together. (I used Krazy glue.) Let the glue dry accord­ing to the package.

DIY Clay Nutcracker Ornament

Step 5
Start paint­ing them with acrylic paint using a fine brush. Let them dry.

Step 6
Take some craft angel hair or cot­ton balls for the beard and the hair of the clay angel and glue it in place.

Step 7
Hang the orna­ments on some branches or use them instead of a bow on your Christ­mas presents.

DIY Clay Nutcracker Ornament

Happy hol­i­days!

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  • Court­ney

    What a super cute idea! And so many pos­si­bil­i­ties.
    The “christ­mas tree” is super cute too!

  • doro von hand zu hand

    nice guys! i love them!

    I linked to your tuto­r­ial on my blog — thanks for
    sharing!

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand