Santa's Jacket Ornament

Here's something different for a holiday ornament... Santa's jacket hanging on a hook.  For added cuteness there's a puppy in his pocket!

Tutorial calls for a bunny cookie cutter to make the puppy but, if you don't have

Sitting Santa

Make this charming Santa to decorate for the holidays.  Quick and easy craft suitable for beginners.

Materials needed:  Air-dry clay in white, flesh, red & brown or black for boots.   Optional black seed beads for eyes.

Candy Cane Santa

Materials needed:  Air-dry clay in white, flesh, red & green.  Blush for cheeks.  Optional black seed beads for eyes.

Create pieces as shown in diagram below.

Make This Cute Snowman

This step-by-step Snowman tutorial from Linda Peterson is a great classic. She wrote it as a polymer clay tutorial but the steps are almost identical when making with air-dry clay....except DON'T BAKE.

Here's a few tips for working with air-dry clay:

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

I came across this blog (Russian I think) that has some interesting ideas for creating ornaments using cutouts embossed with things found around the house. First use cookie cutters to cut out the shape and then, using other tools you might have, emboss textures, cut out designs and poke holes in the dough before it dries. If you don't have a cutter with a 'ruffled' edge as seen in the above photo, you could create effect by repeatedly taking a bite with a small Kemper-type cutter around edge of shape.

You'll have to use Google Translate or some other service if you want to read the text, but there's lots of photos to give you ideas. The artist is using salt dough but just about any air-dry clay would work as well, maybe better.  See blog here.

Christmas Dala Horse tutorial

Add a little Swedish flair to your Christmas decor with these cute Dala Horses that can be gift tags, ornaments, decorative accents, scrapbooking and more!  Made with Hearty Clay or other similar air dry clay.  Free tutorial from Borei Design.

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