How fun is this activity to do with your littles that can be gifted to friends and family that will be enjoyed for years to come?! Very versatile as well - handprints, foot or different cookie cutter shapes! To preserve, the ornaments should be kept in a dry space avoiding any contact with water. You can seal with modge podge for extra protection!
Directions right below, more pictures after.
- White air dry clay
- Ink padsvarious colors
- Rolling pin
- Silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- Tree cookie cutter
- String or ribbon
Plan for this to be a 2 day project.
1. Roll out your clay to roughly 1/4" thickness on your silicone baking mat or parchment paper (the mat worked perfectly as the paper moves while you roll 🙄). I had a 5lb tub of clay and grabbed a large chunk, probably about a pounds worth. This made 6 tree ornaments.
2. Cut your trees using your cookie cutter, leaving them in place. Don't forget to cut a hole for twine to hang (I used a plastic straw).
3. Time to leave your fingerprints by pressing a finger into the clay (have fun assisting your little one!)
4. Carefully remove the excess clay around the trees and let the ornaments dry for 36-72 hours. They'll turn more white the dryer they are.
1. Using different colors (or whatever color scheme you prefer!) of ink, use your finger again to indent with ink applied.
2. Leave as is for a clean, ornament look OR use a fine point black, silver or gold sharpie to draw connecting strings to resemble Christmas tree lights.
3. Write the year on the tree truck. I also wrote my sons name on the back as he did all the fingerprints and is gifting these to grandparents ♥️
4. Last but not least, add your string or ribbon to be able to hang off the Christmas tree for years to come!