For people looking to get into crafting, or just looking for a new way to make crafts, polymer clay ornaments is the perfect project. It is easy and your only limitation is your imagination. My favorite project is a snowman ornament. It can be a three dimensional snowman that can sit on a mantle or it can be a two dimensional snowman that you can hang from the Christmas tree.
What You Need:
6 small packages of Polymer Clay
A toaster oven or regular oven
A cookie sheet or toaster oven tray
A few toothpicks
Ribbon or other item to hang the ornament
Go to your local craft store and ask where the polymer clay is. You will be directed to an aisle that contains tons of different colors and types of clay. The kind of clay I like to work with is the softer types such as Fimo Soft. It will be easier to manipulate and a Christmas ornament is not going to be required to withstand everyday wear and tear. I would suggest getting one or two small packages of white or metallic white and one pack each of black, orange and two other colors of your choice (such as blue and red). You can use any color you would like to make it more creative! This time of year there are often coupons or sales that can get the price of clay down to $1 a pack or lower.
Open up the package of white, metallic white or whatever color you would like to use for the snowman’s body. Break off one line of the clay and begin to roll it around in your hands. This will warm it and soften it, making it easier to form. If you have decided to make a three dimensional snowman, you will want to form a small ball to form the bottom of the snowman. If you have decided to make a flat snowman, use the clay to form a flat circle that will become the base of the snowman. You do not have to use all of the clay in line to form either, the size is what you want it to be.
Repeat the above for the other two parts of the snowman. For the three dimensional snowmen, use a toothpick to connect the layers for more stability. For the two dimensional snowmen, make sure to press the overlapping edges of the snowman parts together so they remain relatively flat.
Decorate your snowman! Use your creativity! I suggest putting a scarf around the neck, a carrot for the nose, pieces of coal for the buttons and a hat on the snowman.
If you want this ornament to hang on the tree, make sure to use a toothpick to make a hole in the top of the snowman to allow you to hang the ornament. It is much easier to make the hole before it is cooked than after!
Cook the clay according to the directions on the package of clay!