This time of the year, I am looking to get my presents made and wrapped and to do it all in a creative way and ahead of time. The holiday season is a great time to showcase your DIY talents but, let’s face it, anything that takes hours of work probably isn’t going to get done. Today I have a quick-and-easy Christmas-themed project that combines the drying convenience of AMACO Cloud Clay – a quick-drying air dry clay – recycled clothing tags, glitter, and paint. It hits all the sweet spots: it’s easy, it’s quick, it isn’t messy, it recycles, and it has glitter!
What you’ll need:
- Small Christmas Tree cookie cutter (mine is about 1-1/2” tall)
- AMACO Green Cloud Clay
- Recycled clothing tags (or hand-cut/die-cut tags)
- Chalkboard paint or other acrylic paint
- Your choice of decorations (I used glitter and white glue, glitter glue, and pale gold acrylic paint)
Start by pinching off a palm-sized piece of Cloud Clay and knead it to warm it up and soften it. Pull it and fold it until it is nice and supple. Roll a piece of the Cloud Clay into a long snake.
Bend the clay snake into a series of loops and push them together gently to make a lumpy rectangle of clay which is larger than the cookie cutter.
Press the cookie cutter into the clay.
Gently remove the clay shape from the cookie cutter (you can ease it out by pressing a small ball of Cloud Clay to the back of the shape – the clay will stick to itself so you can use the ball as a handle to pull the shape out of the cookie cutter.) Cut away the ball of clay with a pair of sharp scissors.
Set aside the shape to dry as you repeat the process to make more trees.
As the Christmas trees are drying, you can decorate them. Here are some ideas:
Using a tube of glitter glue, run lines of glitter along the dips in the clay.
Using white glue, dot the glue on the tree and then dredge with glitter. Wait until the glue is dry to brush off the excess glitter and return it to the tube.
Paint the tree with a generous coat of gold acrylic paint. Wait about 30 seconds then wipe the excess off using a paper towel – the paint will have settled into the depressions in the shape.
Draw on the tree – I use a Ranger Inkssentials white marker.
While your trees finish drying, coat the tags with a coat of paint – I used black chalkboard paint but you can use any color or type of paint. You may need a couple coats of paint to cover the tags.
Cut pieces of ribbon 10″ long and knot through the tags (you may need to punch larger holes in the tags to take wider ribbon).
Attach the Christmas Trees to the tags using glue or dimensional glue dots.
If you use chalkboard paint, you can write on the tags using chalk – other dark paints will take gel pens and lighter paints will take permanent markers.
by Helen Bradley for AMACO (www.amaco.com)