These DIY Clay Christmas Trees Are Simple and Sweet Holiday Decor

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DIY in a Day brings you step-by-step instructions for easy projects that will spruce up your space — within 24 hours (or less!).

Welcome to your answer to easy holiday DIY decor: mini handmade clay Christmas trees. For this tutorial, we've gone for a gold and white theme (a festive classic), but there's nothing stopping you from having a little fun with pops of color. You can customize them to go perfectly with your holiday decorations. Don't you think this would be a fun weekend project to do with your family and friends?

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Step 1

Print out the cone-shaped template onto paper, and then cut it out. Roll out your polymer clay on a nonstick surface (baking parchment paper works very well) until it is around 3mm thick.

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Gently place the template on top of the clay and cut around it using a wooden tool. Remove the excess clay, and then smooth down the edges.

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Using clay tools (or other items such as pen lids, kitchen utensils, or even your fingers), make marks and patterns in the clay.

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Step 2

To create the cone shape, gently lift the clay off of the surface and join the two straight edges together, leaving a small overlap. Use your fingers to gently squeeze the sides together, and then smooth down the seam where the sides are joined.

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When you're happy with the cone shape, bake the polymer clay in the oven according to the instructions on the packet.

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Step 3

Once the cones have cooled, you can paint or decorate them as you wish. For this tutorial we used gold gilding to get a bright shiny result. We also left two cones white for a snowy, wintry feel.

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Place them on shelves, coffee tables, or even pair them with paper trees on your dining table for a truly festive tablescape. Or, you could create a small forest and use them as your yearly advent calendar. Just number all your trees and place treats underneath. Simple and sweet, right?

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