After asking for ornament ideas from Twitter and Facebook, I decided I wanted to do clay ornaments and use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes. I got clay overload while staring at the clay section at Michaels. I had no clue what to use… until I eyed something called Pluffy. The package said it was non-toxic and for kids. Best thing was that it never dries out YET you can bake it to make something permanent. Score!
At first I was worried about how little there was per package (I only bought two packs). But we whipped out our trusty rolling pin and got to work…
1. Roll out the Pluffy to about twice the size (about 1/4 inch thick).
2. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Once we cut as much as we could, we balled it up and rolled it out again. With two packages of Pluffy, we ended up with 14 ornaments (a mix of big and little ones).
5. Decorate! We used Diamond Dust and Stickles. Diamond Dust is like chunky glitter. It’s actually ground glass but is complete safe to work with as long as your kid doesn’t want to eat it! To adhere Diamond Dust to the ornaments, just use clear glue (we used Diamond Glaze) and then sprinkle the dust on top and tap off the excess. Stickles are little bottles of glitter glue that are super easy for the kids to use. We squeezed out dots, stripes and giant blobs of glitter. Big Roo enjoyed putting glitter dots on the Christmas trees in all sorts of colors.
6. Let dry. Blobs of Stickles need about 8 hours to fully dry. You can see the infamous blue Stickle blob in step 7 (hint- it’s above the green dove). Here you can see a candy cane coated in Diamond Dust and two others decorated with Stickles.
Ta-da! Big Roo talked about making these for like a week afterwards. We may have just started another holiday tradition in our house. Do you have a favorite holiday craft?