Last Minute Reindeer Ornament

ornament measures 4" x 3"

Just when you thought you had all your gifts purchased, you discover you need one or two small token items to complete your shopping.   This clay project is the ideal last minute gift you can create in an hour or less.  Make it simple or fancy by adding glitter, snow, pearls, or any adornment you have time for.  However you decide to decorate it, the finished ornament will be a small treasure for the recipient.  Don’t forget to sign your name on the back of the ornament with a permanent marker.  The reindeer stencil is included in the directions pdf.

Directions

step 1 - Condition and roll out the clay to no less than 1/8”.

step 1 - Condition and roll out the clay to no less than 1/8”.

step 2 - Use a cookie cutter to cut a circle from the clay.  My circle is 2” but you can make it any size you choose. 

step 2 - Use a cookie cutter to cut a circle from the clay.  My circle is 2” but you can make it any size you choose. 

step 3 - Bend a piece of 18 gauge Artistic wire over a round cylinder to create a perfect loop.  Trim the ends evenly and stick them into the edge of the clay.

step 3 - Bend a piece of 18 gauge Artistic wire over a round cylinder to create a perfect loop.  Trim the ends evenly and stick them into the edge of the clay.

Step 4 - Bake the clay on a foil lined baking sheet at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.  Let it cool completely. 

Step 5 - Download and print the reindeer stencil on card stock.  Cut out the stencil and spray the back side with adhesive.

Step 6 - Apply the stencil to the clay surface and spray the it with white paint.

Step 7 - Apply dabs of Snow-tex at the bottom of each ornament with a craft stick.

Dressing Up The Ornament

The reindeer ornament is very pretty with the simple reindeer image, but you can add to it as much as you have time for. My two ornaments are only two ideas.  
The cooper ornament has a copper hanger created from inexpensive copper wiring purchased from Lowe’s.  It also includes spatters of white paint flicked onto the surface from an old toothbrush to create the small flakes of snow.
The green ornament was brushed with Fast Finish Decoupage then sprinkled with fine gold glitter.
Pearls were wrapped around the loops of both ornaments with 26 gauge Artistic wire.


Supplies

At Testors.com

  • 9440 White Paint
  • Aztek airbrush
  • At Michael’s
  • card stock
  • round cookie cutter

At Amazon

  • Diamond Glaze
  • clay conditioning machine
  • acrylic roller
  • Scotch Spray Mount repositionable adhesive
  • Snow-tex
  • Premo copper and green clay
  • 18 gauge Artistic wire

 

 

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