If you’re looking for a project to keep your kids busy these last few days before Christmas, or if the Grandma in your family is like my mom and expects something handmade (works for me!) – we made this sweet ornament yesterday as a last-minute gift. There are lots of options to personalize it, but we added the kids’ fingerprints, and a little message that Grandma is like no other.
I’m not going to go into a huge amount of detail for this tutorial, because there are really SO many ways to make it your own! I will give you a few tips and show you what we did, though!
I got the polymer clay and rubber stamps out, and also a cookie cutter that’s been appropriated to the craft room. Polymer clay is not food-safe, so while kitchen utensils work awesome with it, be sure that you’re not putting them back in the kitchen after you use them!
I used one bar each of a silver and copper colored clay, with a little bit leftover after rolling it out about 1/8″ thick. I cut one silver snowflake, then one circle, and then cut a snowflake out of the center of it.
I swapped out the copper snowflake for the silver one, smoothed out the seams, and stamped a message and a few extra snowflakes. The kids pressed their fingerprints into the end of each arm of the snowflakes – just to make it that much more personal!
I made sure to poke a hole to add a hanger, and then I baked the clay according to the package directions.
After it was baked, I brushed on a little brown acrylic paint, wiping off the excess with a damp paper towel. Then, I brushed it with some glaze, and sprinkled it with a little bit of fine glitter. The fingerprints are a little hard to see, but the paint helps!
A bit of hemp twine turned this into a proper ornament, and we wrapped it up for Grandma! My daughter is so proud that we made something special – I’m just hoping she can keep a secret for three more days. Haha.
Are you making any last-minute gifts this week? Anything that the kids are helping with now that school is out?