These DIY Clay Christmas Trees Are Simple and Sweet Holiday Decor

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

Welcome to your answer to easy holiday DIY decor: 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 seasonal decorations and color scheme. Don't you think this would be a fun weekend project to do with your family and friends? You'll be making memories that will last year after year.

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

Things You Need

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

Step 1: Create the Clay Template

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

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

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.

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

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

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

Step 2: Create the Cone

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.

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

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

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

Step 3: Decorate the Tree Cone

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.

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

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?

Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone
Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone
Clay Christmas Ornaments
credit: Francesca Stone

Francesca Stone

Francesca Stone

DIY fiend, I love a good project to get my teeth stuck into. I like it even better when it’s actually useful, beautiful and bang on trend. My ethos is to make easy and affordable DIY’s that will change you and your surroundings into a more positive and interesting place to be.