Tree Decorations from Homemade Clay

We had a lot of fun making these festive decorations!

Tree Decorations from Homemade Clay

First I made some modelling clay, using a recipe I found on Creative Playhouse.  It only requires two ingredients mixed together:

  • 1/2 cup  of PVA glue (white glue)
  • 1 cup of cornstarch (cornflour)

I mixed them together to form the clay. It was quite an odd consistency but actually became quite smooth once I’d kneaded it a bit. I flattened it out on the work surface and gave my son (2.5yrs) some cookie cutters.

From one batch of clay we made two big stars, one tree, and then I shaped three circles. Then I made a hole in them with a toothpick for hanging on the tree. At this point you could dry them in a 100ºc oven for about an hour, or (like we did) just leave them to dry overnight. I did turn them over once to help dry the underside.

Then I gave F some paints (that were sent to me for free by and he painted the decorations. These little paint pots are so cute and restrict how much paint he gets on the brush. Plus they’re completely washable!

Once the decorations are dry you could also paint the reverse side and/or add a layer of Sparkle or Glitter Mod Podge.

Tree Decorations from Homemade Clay

Then they’re ready to hang up! 

Tree Decorations from Homemade Clay
Tree Decorations from Homemade Clay


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  1. jeanae says:

    This looks like a fun craft for us to do during the weeks off from school!

  2. oooh this looks easy for the kids to do! And they are free to color them any way they want to!

  3. I’ve made salt dough ornaments with my kids before, but I’ve never seen this recipe. The ornaments came out awesome.

  4. Anne says:

    These are cute! We love to put homemade ornaments on the tree. Now that my kids are teens they keep trying to throw out the ones they made as preschoolers. and don’t understand why I insist they still go on the tree!

  5. Kira says:

    Can’t believe how easy it is to make clay at home, great job.

  6. my boys would love this craft!

  7. LyndaS says:

    He looks so intent – I can see him growing up to be either an artist or an engineer.
    That’s a sweet project to make at home.

  8. This sounds like a fun and easy project!

  9. Such a cute craft for the kiddos.

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