We recently started experimenting with modeling clay when we made our gorgeous painted clay necklaces. Naturally, clay is also a great material for creating DIY Christmas ornaments. These snowflake ornaments are super easy to make, and making them yourself is much more affordable than the snowflake ornaments that you will find in stores. The result is simple and classic, perfect for incorporating into any holiday decor concept.
We added links to Shop this Project for all the exact materials that we used to make our snowflake ornaments. Start by rolling out your clay with a rolling pin. Once the clay is smooth and evenly rolled, use the cookie cutters of your choice to create the shapes of the ornaments. After punching out your snowflakes, use a wooden skewer or pen to poke a hole through the top of the ornament to attach your ribbon or twine. Then, let the clay dry for at least 24 hours. The clay is self-hardening, so no need to throw it in the oven or anything. Once the snowflakes are hardened, paint the entire ornament with a layer of white craft paint.
When the paint dries, you can add your glitter. To keep the look of a classic snowflake, we used shimmery white glitter. The snowflake ornaments would also look gorgeous with metallic glitter or different red and green color schemes! Use a paintbrush to brush a thin layer of Mod Podge glue over the areas that you want to add the glitter. We recommend putting some newspaper under the snowflakes to catch your excess glitter. Add glitter to one side, let it dry and then repeat with the other side. And that’s it! Once our snowflakes were dry, we tied some red and white baker’s twine through the hole and added it to our Christmas tree. And our finished DIY snowflake ornaments were just as good as anything store-bought!
Of course, you can also use this cookie cutter technique to create all types of ornaments out of clay! We love this cookie cutter set with a huge variety of holiday shapes. And because everything is cut with cookie cutters, this project is great for kids. Find all of our Christmas projects here, or send us any suggestions for projects that you’d like to see on the site! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the latest and greatest, and head over to our membership page start making with us. Enjoy! ~ Lia and the TeamSelf Hardening Clay | Snowflake Cookie Cutters | Glitter | Mod Podge
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Dust the cutters with a brush dipped in talcum powder to help it release.
Yes! This is a trick we use in my pottery class too.
Could you make these out of salt dough instead? Pros/cons?
I purchased both the clay recommended here, as well as the snowflake cookie cutters so that I would have the best chance of success, but I had a TON of trouble getting the cut snowflakes to release from the clay. Do you have any suggestions? My clay was rolled to 1/4″ thick or less, as instructed. I managed to get 7 snowflakes out of about 35 tries – pretty frustrating and time-consuming for what I thought would be a simple craft. Definitely wouldn’t try this with kids!!
Yes, it is very frustrating because the clay is quite sticky! What we did was gently push the cut clay shape out of the cutter with the end of a chopstick. Hope that helps!
i only get a black page with pink writing no instructions to read…
Everything is working fine on my end– make sure you download the PDF to your desktop, sometimes if you try to view in a web browser it won’t work properly!
I was wondering where you purchased the snowflake coookie cutters. Thank you!
There’s a link at the bottom of the post 🙂