Simple Evergreen Sprig Polymer Clay Ornament

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Make this Evergreen Sprig Polymer Clay Ornament for your decor. Create a pretty farmhouse polymer clay ornaments diy, bake, add a faux evergreen spring and hang. For more ornament tutorials see my Holiday page.

Farmhouse Polymer Clay Ornament, How to make Polymer Clay Holiday Ornaments,

I needed some inspiration this time around. When that happens I just go walk the stores until something hits me. I saw this sweet Aspen Cove white bisque type ornament at Hobby Lobby and I knew it was the type of ornament I was going to make!

The simplicity and clean lines of this piece are perfect for the modern farmhouse feel. I added some beads and an evergreen sprig to give it my own twist and so it will have a more rustic feel to it.

Polymer Christmas Ornament,

The Hobby Lobby version was made from some type of ceramic material. I went with polymer clay thinking it would be the simplest way to go. I thought molding and working with this clay would be somewhat simple. Just mold, bake and paint.

It turned out to be pretty easy but there are some precautions you need to take while handling and baking this substance.

Polymer clay is basically a plastic, similar to vinyl. So you really want to make sure to clean up any residue and take precautions not to burn it when baking in your home oven.

Let me walk you through the steps to make this rustic ornament.

Evergreen Sprig Polymer Clay Ornament

Supplies:

How to make holiday ornament with Polymer Clay

Instructions:

Unwrap the clay and roll it out thin. Work the clay with your hands. The heat from your hands will allow the clay to be more pliable.

White Polymer Clay Ornament How-to

Join the two clay bricks by smooshing them together and roll them out until they are one. Make the thickness of the ornament to be 2/8- inch thick.

How to make clay ornaments, handmade clay ornament

Use a cookie cutter or drinking glass to cut a circle out of the clay. The circle is size 3 2/8 inch wide.

Smooth and shape the clay to be even and flat as possible. Smooth the edges. You can wet your fingers with water to help smooth the clay.

How to poke a hole in clay, Hanger hole in clay

Use a clay tool to make a hole in the top of the ornament. Push the tool through the clay and then flip it over and push it back through the same hole.

Using a pointed clay tool make lines and dots for the evergreen sprig you will be painting on the clay. Smooth any rough edges down with fingers.

How to Bake Polymer Clay Ornaments

I read a bunch of articles by polymer clay artists and their methods for baking. The brand Kato Polymer Clay is baked at 300 degrees. You should use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is the correct heat it says it is.

I did not have one so I used a tent type method so as not to burn the clay.

SAFETY NOTE: Check your polymer clay brand for baking temperature. They all have different heat settings. Do not cook food on anything that came in contact with the polymer clay without thoroughly scrubbing and washing them first. The residue from the polymer will linger.

If you burn the clay in the oven it could cause a release of toxic fumes and possibly leave residue on your oven. Please note these can be harmful to children and pets. Make sure the room is well ventilated. I used an old plastic baking mat, an old sheet pan and then threw them away after I used them.

I also have a self-cleaning oven so I ran the cycle when I was finished baking the ornament. See more on polymer clay safety here.

How to Bake Polymer Clay, How to not Burn Polymer Clay,

I preheated an old baking sheet with two subway tiles lying in the center to 300 degrees. (I used leftover subway tile I had from my kitchen makeover).

I cut a plain piece of printer paper into a square and placed the polymer clay in the center.

Add the paper with the clay on top to the top of the tile pieces. Use a sheet of tin foil to make a tent over the top of the tile. Bake for 30 minutes.

NOTE: You could use two foil pie pans inverted with the tile and clay inside like a tent. I just used what I had to make a tent. The foil tent will help prevent the clay from burning. 

Remove the clay from the oven and let it cool completely. The Kato clay had a shiny gloss look to it after it was baked.

I took sandpaper to sand off the top layer and make it a matte finish. Rinse the ornament with water when you are done the sanding the hardened clay. Rinsing the ornament will remove all of the dust. Dry the ornament off.

Hand painted Polymer Clay Ornament, Handmade Farmhouse Clay Ornaments

Paint thin evergreen needles on the clay on both sides of the ornament. Let it dry completely.

Hang a spring of Evergreen on an ornament

Glue twine to a floral evergreen sprig as a hanger. Wrap the twine around the sprig and make a loop. Glue the loop down to the twine.

How to thread twine through a bead

Add a 30-inch strip of twine through the ornament hole.

How to string beads with twine,

Pull the twine ends until they are even. Add the evergreen spring to the twine. Add a small strip of floral wire and fold it over both pieces of twine. Pull the wire through a wood bead.

This will add both ends of twine through the bead. Repeat with four beads. Tie the ends of the twine string making a loop as a hanger and that’s it! Hang the ornament on your tree and enjoy!

Homemade Clay Ornaments, Rustic Clay Ornaments, How to make ornaments out of Polymer Clay, Beaded Farmhouse Polymer Clay

I am so thrilled with how this polymer clay ornament turned out! It has become quite popular with my readers! You may also like these Baking Soda Clay Ornaments by my friend Erlene of My Pinterventures!

Love it? Pin it!

Farmhouse Evergreen Sprig Polymer Clay Ornament,

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25 Comments

  1. 12.5.18

    It’s a perfect look for any rustic or country style home . It’s pretty for any home. I love that you painted it. Im feeling inspired to paint pine. Thx for the tutorial.

  2. 11.24.18

    This is so lovely! I have looked at polymer clay in the past but have never actually given it a try! might have to now!

  3. 11.23.18
    Erlene said:

    Another great ornament. I love the added beads to the hanger portion of this ornament. The possibilities are endless with this technique and I’m thinking I can do some sea themed ones :-)

  4. 11.20.18
    Emily said:

    This is so pretty, Kim! I love the natural look of the clay and the painted evergreen. You always create such beautiful ornaments!

  5. 11.18.18
    Bri Adams said:

    Such a pretty ornament. I love the nature aspect.

  6. 11.18.18

    Beautiful! You make working with the clay look so easy with your tutorial! Pinning!

  7. 11.18.18

    So pretty! This would look great on any tree!

  8. 11.17.18

    This is just stunning! It is such a simple idea, but so elegant and lovely! Sharing! :) Lisa

  9. 11.17.18
    Beverly said:

    What a pretty ornament! Great tutorial, too. I haven’t worked with clay, but it’s on my to try list.

  10. 11.16.18
    Katrin said:

    This is gorgeous, I love the simple green and white look on it!!

    • 11.17.18
      Kim said:

      Thank you Katrin!

  11. 11.15.18
    Leanna said:

    I have never worked with polymer clay. You have inspired me. So pretty and unique. Pinning

    • 11.16.18
      Kim said:

      I am going to work more with it as well. Maybe find a small convection oven and put it in the garage. After reading all the crazy precautions about it. I was a little freaked out about it being in my oven where I cook food all the time. Not sure if the warnings are just hype or brands being over cautious.
      Kim

  12. 11.15.18

    Very beautiful ornament! Happy to be participating in this blog hop with you!

    • 11.16.18
      Kim said:

      Thank you Lauren! I am happy to be in the exchange with you too! I am going around today to check everyone out!
      Kim

  13. 11.15.18
    Mother of 3 said:

    That is so pretty! I just love nature inspired crafts. Pinned.

    On a side note my son just made a polymer clay peacock yesterday and it burned (blackened) in the oven. I was so proud of him that he decided to make another one today and we made sure to check on it every 5 minutes so we wouldn’t have the same results today. Turns out he used a few different brands of Polymer and following the directions for one burned the other.

    • 11.16.18
      Kim said:

      Aw, that’s too bad. I thought I was going to burn mine and have to start over. Yes I think it is so strange they all have different bake temps. I guess that way you will stick to a certain brand. Glad you liked my ornament! Thanks for pinning!
      Kim

  14. 11.15.18
    Cherryl said:

    It turned out great! I love the natural appeal that it has!

    • 11.16.18
      Kim said:

      Thank you, Cheryl!

  15. 11.15.18
    Evija said:

    This ornament is absolutely stunning!!! LOVE love love how it turned out, Chelsea should be super excited to hang this on her tree, Evija

    • 11.16.18
      Kim said:

      Aw thank you! I may need to make one for my self! Lol
      Kim

  16. 11.15.18

    I love how delicate this is, I would leave it out well after Christmas.

    • 11.15.18
      Kim said:

      Thanks Debra! I would leave it up too! It could year-round decor!
      Kim

  17. 11.15.18
    Jenny said:

    It’s beautiful Kim! I love the natural elements and your painting looks amazing. I never work with clay, but this is a great tutorial to follow.

    • 11.15.18
      Kim said:

      This is my first clay project and I need to do more. Thanks so much Jenny!
      Kim