12.07.2010

Holiday Ornament Tutorial

I am going to share a tutorial of the most loved clay birds I like to make now and then. These make great gifts for family members, newlyweds, or Baby's 1st Christmas ornaments!






After the clay has cooled from baking in the oven, paint it any which way you desire. I painted this one mustard yellow, coated it in white glitter, and hung a few charms from the loop at the bottom. The little vile has glitter inside of it.



You can also make your bird plain, without words, and coat it in colored glitter. Or cut words from an old book and use a clear gloss glaze to adhere the paper to the bird.

I hope this tutorial made sense for the most part, if it didn't let me know if you have any questions!

As part of the holiday season I am going to be giving away the yellow 'love' bird ornament. So leave a comment on this post to enter to win! For 2 extra entries, you can tweet, or blog about the tutorial or giveaway. Just leave me links so I know!

(a few of the past ornaments I have made for some ideas to anyone who wants to try the tutorial) enjoy!

67 comments:

Christina said...

That's so cute and the step by step helps make it look easier than I thought! Clay can seem overwhelming to me, I have rarely done anything with it.

-Christina, considerthecoffee@gmail.com :)

Michelle said...

This is so cute! Thanks for posting such a lovely DIY!

Claudia said...

They are so adorable, thank you for sharing this cute diy. Can't wait to try some out with my families names on the side.
Claudia
anayac@sbcglobal.net

Tali Schiffer said...

Those are so pretty and they look like such fun to do!

NanaBeast said...

I am so happy you shared this tutorial! I have loved the glitter coated turquoise bird ornament since seeing it last year and it got me itching to make one. No I can!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

LOVE it! How creative and talented you are!

Lola said...

Love it! Your tutorial is easy to follow. Is the clay you use soft?

jessicajane said...

thank you!

lola-yes it is soft, I use Sculpey.

Anonymous said...

i love the birdies and anything you make! as you know. lol....
happy holiday and thanks for the tutorial....
yvonne
ydpalermo@comcast.net

Amanda said...

3 of 6 pics show MY birds!! :D :D hung my blue ones in special spots on my tree..... but realized my yellow happiness bird is missing! :S must search for him...

Darcy said...

Thank you for the tutorial! You make this look so easy. Can't wait to try it, although it may go on the list for next Christmas...

oh amy said...

I love the birds you make and thanks for the tutorial.
amy269jones@yahoo.com

tasha said...

OH my goodness! i love those aqua glittery birds! you should make some for your shop. ;)

Christopher And Tia said...

I want to win, I want to win, I want to win!!

I didn't get hardly any new ornaments this year, since I didn't participate in any swaps. I MADE a bunch, but my tree is still holding all of the same ornaments from last year, so... I want this :)

with a chance of said...

i've been digging ornament DIYs this season and i must say this is lovely! thank you so much for sharing it!

Jen B said...

Wonderful tutorial, adorable ornaments! Definitely bookmarking this:-) Merry Christmas!

Stina / Sagolikt Pyssel said...

Thanks for the tutoial. I have made a bird, but it kind of looks like a flying seal. ;-)

Linda said...

These are precious! I'm gonna try!

Audrey @ Lonely Paper Designs.com said...

I LOVE this post! I'm gonna run out and buy some clay today! LOL

Audrey @

BluKatDesign handmade artisan jewelry said...

Love the stamped ones! Great idea, thanks!

Ann said...

This is so sweet and I love the stamping idea. I'm going to have a go.

Heidi said...

I love this project.....thanks for sharing! ~Heidi

christina said...

Your birds are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

~Christina @ 1 Stitch at a Thyme

Claire said...

Oh my goodness! Its so cute and simple! LOOOOOVE IT!

Lore said...

This is lovely! Great instructions . . . I am inspired to go try this.

christinebolin said...

Gasp! I LOVE the birds. I'm off to buy some polymer clay. Thanks.

kluckingbear said...

Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely project :)

Patricia said...

These birds are each so beautiful. I love how you can make them so very personal with just the right word or phrase, colors, strings, beads, etc. Thanks for sharing how you do it; I will send pics if I give some a go. I have a purchased owl holiday ornament hanging in the doorway between my kitchen and living room all year; another bird may need to join her there...

Heather said...

beautiful birds! lovely of you to share your process:0)

Karin said...

These ornaments are so cute! I'd love to be able to make one but I fear it wouldn't end up looking like a bird. I might have to give it a try though!

pamela said...

sweet! did it take long to bake them? and will they hold up in humidity? (im in florida)
I gave it a tweet @925studio

A Cup of Sparkle said...

This ornaments are really cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

acupofsparkle.blogspot.com

Anne P Davis said...

I love these. the wire part is the most intimidating to me! I absolutely adore the baby's first christmas one! I want to win!

Donielle said...

How long do you bake them typically, I'm using sculpey and plan on making them the exact size :-) Thanks for this amazing idea!!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love these and made 10 of them that turned out beautifully. Then I hit a snag! It's not as easy to glitter them as I thought it would be. Any advice on this??
Thanks so much for an incredible DIY! <3

Gina said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! I shared this idea with a group of ladies this evening to kick off our Christmas crafting, and they really enjoyed it, I think. Each turned out very unique :)

cinda said...

Thank you for sharing such a darling idea, Jessica. As always, you make it look so easy. I am headed out to get clay 1st thing tomorrow!
cbean1954@yahoo.com

Julie said...

How beautiful! This would make a great gift for our family ornament exchange!

valentinegirl said...

so cute! You make it seem like even I could make them!!

Krissy said...

love the tutorial!..also curious how long to bake???..no directions on my clay!...plus not sure how to add the glitter after painting...what kind of adhesive do you use?

Catharina Maria said...

Thank you for sharing .Found you on Pinterest
Love from the Netherlands ♥Rini♥

dee said...

These are lovely! I featured them on my CraftBliss Blog http://craftbliss.com/ and linked back to you. Thanks for creating and sharing! ~Dee

Lisy said...

These are lovely! How did you attach the strings to the birds with the cut words from an old book?? Also if you're not hanging any charms at the bottom of the bird I assume the wire in looped at the top of the bird? Please please please reply!! I really want to make these for my co-workers this year as gifts!!! Thank you!!!

steffy said...

I've been browsing around looking at homemade ornaments, and these are just way too awesome not to to try. Wondering - how did you do the ones with the non-stamped words on them? Did you mod podge it on after painting? Would that work?

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Yvonne Spencer said...

These are really cute. I'd love ti give it a try!

ellendesigns said...

where did you find the letter stamps? i'm having a hard time locating them. thanks so much! making one of these for all the girls in my family. love it!

Becky said...

Gorgeous!

Leanne said...

This is such a great tutorial! Every year the kids and I make Christmas ornaments for our family. Given its just me and my boys, we started a tradition that despite only giving to the kids, we also make ever family an ornament, as well as ones for our tree. That way its our way of sharing our love to them as well to each other. Its not much but we enjoy it...

This blog solved my problem, what to do this year. Everything I've tried has been cheesy. This one even my eleven year old can shape, stamp and paint!

Thanks a bunch, and sorry for leaving such a long comment! Happy Holidays!

Miss Oliver said...

Hi,

Great tutorial! I was just wondering where you got the lovely letter stamps from :)

L x

Lauren said...

Love this! Can't to do this!

Totallt tweeted it btw
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DianeM said...

I found this tute via pinterest. I love these birdies :) I can imagine a whole tree filled with them. This is saved in my faves.
Smiles, DianeM
basketblessed@yahoo.com

Chantal said...

I just made some! Thank you for the tutorial!

Millie said...

Lovely! I can't wait to try this!

Brenda said...

Great step by step instructions. working with clay is new for me, and I don't know kind of hard...lol. i have bought some before and found it again last night in my stash...now I am going to have to try this bird you made it look so easy...wish me luck!!! thanks for sharing, i am also following your blog...have a great day!

HeartSealed Designs said...

I had to share a link for these birds on my blog. :) I loved the ones I made for Christmas so much that I had to branch out and make more birds in time for Valentine's day. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome skills! :D

Any Mayer said...

So cute!

Beth McCurdy said...

Birds are really in style in home decor so these are great for year round. My mother LOVES birds so I'm making her one with her name on it for her home. It would be cute on a china cabinet knob or really hanging from anything. Instead of painting mine, I'm going to sand it, shine it up, and then antique it in order for the paint to get into the letters. The fun part is going to be to pick the beads.

This is a great tutorial for a beginner at polymer clay like myself. Thanks!

dapnie said...

It is made so beautifully! I will definitely try this at home. Hope it will look like in the picture. it is like the cuisines at www.gourmandia.com and www.gourmetrecipe the dishes looks so wonderful that will make your mouth waters.

Snugglebug Blessings said...

This is a great tutorial. Thank you for your step by step pics, they are awesome. God bless.

tippytaco2004 said...

really neat idea thank you for the tutorial

Acceptance said...

Like them...cute as ornaments for Christmas, as gift tags, as Easter or Spring decorations...or shabby chic accessories! Thanks for the inspiration.

Mama Manke said...

I've been practicing making these birds with my daughters Play-dough. I've mustered up enough confidence to give it a go :-) I made clay out of Baking soda and cornstarch (bakers clay). I hope this clay will work well. Thanks for showing us how to make these cute birds!

Anonymous said...

Awesome tutorial,you make it look so easy! I finally finished one after an hour of trying to get it picture perfect,it looks great!

harriet gray said...

SO CUTE! i found this post via pinterest, and have just used it to make some birds as a mother's day present :) thanks for sharing :D

darlene said...

Such sweet little birds! Thanks so much for sharing.

Abhijit Sarkar said...

I have never read such a detailed article about handmade christmas decorations, thanks for sharing this with us,