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!

  • 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