Best Clay Dough Ornaments

Thursday, October 19, 2017
This is the best clay dough to make ornament and shapes I ever made.

Nothing like the salt dough this looks so much better!

Hardens perfectly drying or baking. The kids will love this! If you're creative, the sky's the limit on what you can mold, shape and create.

Paint them, leave them plain, color the dough.

Add a clear coating to preserve them and voila, you have some pretty cute memories to make with your kids or favorite art-loving family and friends.

homemade clay for ornaments

kids making ornaments from homemade clay art

Making Memories

I can't begin to tell you the ease of this recipe and the fun memories we made together.

This clay dough is the best to work with for any projects with the kids

ornaments made from clay art homemade recipe and decorated with glitter glue

Family Fun

The kids love making gifts for their friends and family.

This is a great way to make the whole family get involved teaching the children how to make homemade gifts out of love for the holidays, birthday or from the heart gift.

Antonio at 5 years old made all these for his family to hang on their Christmas tree as gifts.

Every year he gets better and better and enjoys this tradition.

this is how to make mold able clay dough for ornaments and shaping for kids

Easiest Dough To Work With!

When I was a little girl we made salt dough. I promise you this is better than that.

This is the best clay dough I ever made to make ornaments.

this is clay dough green for making ornaments and art work for kids

Smooth for molding

The clay dough bakes smoother and perfect for molding and using a carved rolling pin or cookie cutters!

A fast, easy fun project for the kids.

this is how to make mold able clay dough for ornaments and shaping for kids

My Grandson Antonio

Since he was 3 years old we have started a tradition to make ornaments for Christmas gifts for his sisters, mom, dad, and friends.

He loves using cookie cutters and molding the dough, and psst it keeps him busy for hours!

this is how to make mold able clay dough for ornaments and shaping for kids

He Loves This!

Our grandson Antonio had such a good time making all kinds of animal shapes, pumpkins, trees, the list goes on and on.

It kept him busy for hours and he really got quite creative. This was my first project with him, 3 years old.

this clay art pumpkins for Halloween

Easy to Fix!

If it'starts to get a little dry just add a few drops of water and it's all soft and perfect to play with again!

If it sticky use more corn starch.

Great job Antonio!! Grandma loves you!

this is how to make mold able clay dough for ornaments and shaping for kids

Use a Non-stick Pan

Using a non-stick pan is the key to making this come together easily and no mess.

I love the ease of this dough, and it doesn't take a lot of effort to mix.

this is how to make mold able clay dough for ornaments and shaping for kids

There's Nothing to It!

Just a few pantry ingredients and you're on your way to making some fun creative projects.

My nieces use to love to make jewelry.

Just roll into balls, stick toothpicks in the center and bake them.

Paint and use a thin elastic string found in any craft store for bracelet making and necklaces.

this is a scarecrow with a clay art orament

Stir Until Smooth

Once you get it in the pan, just mix it until it forms a nice smooth dough.

You can then add colors.

these are clay ornaments green on a sheet ready to dry in the oven on low heat

Separate It and Add Colors

I make two batches of this dough.

After the dough is made I separate it into two balls and add coloring to each ball.

pumpkins made with clay dough


Use A Straw to make the holes

If you want to make a lot of ornaments or colors you will need to make two batches of this dough recipe.

Regular food coloring works fine or you can use cake decorating color pastes.

Store in zip-lock bags if using over and over and not baking or drying it.

two balls of clay

Use All Kinds Of Cookie Cutters

Over the years I have collected many many cookie cutters.

Every Holiday I have made clay ornaments to hang on my small green trees outside on my porch.

They really decorate the trees nicely.

pumpkins and christmas tree dough art

Other Holidays

You can make hearts for Valentine's Day, Shamrocks for St Patrick's Day and even Red White and Blue Stars for Patriotic Holidays.

You might remember my Holiday Tea Sandwiches I make with my collection of cutters below.

Another Fun Project for the kids to do!

Antonio make clay dough ornaments

Other Ideas

  1. Mold this clay into animals shapes
  2. Mold the dough into cars and trucks
  3. Mold this dough into stick people
  4. Place the dough onto a wooden board after you back the scene for a wall plaque
  5. Make round balls with a toothpick in the center and bake it for jewelry and string it.
  6. Paint them or leave them plain.
  7. Clear coating spray will preserve them.

this is green clay dough to make kids ornaments and non toxic fun for art work creating things

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Best Clay Dough Ornaments

Best Clay Dough Ornaments

Yield: 24
This is a smooth clay dough to create animals, ornaments, mold anything you like. The dough is easy to make and works great with cookie cutters. Bake use for holidays or just playtime for the kids.


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Food coloring
  • paring knife
  • cookie cutters any shapes for animals, holiday etc.
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet
  • small round straws
  • Optional: fancy ribbon to match the theme for hanging, paints and paintbrushes, glitter glue, buttons, hot glue gun. (Found at craft stores)


How to cook Best Clay Dough Ornaments

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Place water, cornstarch and baking soda in a small saucepan. Boil until dough forms it gets thick fast! About 1 minute stirring until it holds together.
  3. Remove from heat place on a kneading board, cool a few minutes until easy for you to handle.
  4. Keep it covered with a wet towel. If too sticky add more cornstarch starts to dry out add water to your hands.
  5. Separate into two balls while still warm, if using the colored dough. You can leave this white and paint them later. Add food coloring of choice and knead into each ball.
  6. We made some for pumpkins with red and yellow food coloring added to the dough, then the other ball is green for Christmas trees.
  7. Roll out the dough, cut into shapes, score with lines with a paring knife on the pumpkin. Make a hole with a straw for hanging the ornaments later.
  8. Bake at 175-degree oven for around an hour or until all the wet spots on the piece you bake is gone. 
  9. Cool completely then place pretty ribbon in the hole for hanging. Have fun, get creative. 
  10. Paint them after they are cooled. Use your imagination. Use a clear coat spray to preserve the dough. 
  11. Make some memories that last a lifetime! Enjoy!!
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  1. Good job, Antonio! The ornament is so festive and fun.

  2. Great project and ornaments! I remember the salt dough well. I bet Anotonio had a great time doing it with Grandma!

  3. Tonio is adorable!!! The first of many fun projects with you!!


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