Halloween Moon-Shaped Ornaments That Are Cute and Easy to Make

Make your own custom DIY air dry clay ornaments for Halloween.
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Follow the phases of the moon all throughout October with this adorable set of air-dry clay Halloween ornaments. It's the perfect centerpiece for your holiday buffet or dinner table this season. Oh, and did we mention there's a printable template involved? This tutorial really is as easy as can be.

Halloween décor that's classy enough for your minimalist home.
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Here's what you'll need to make your Halloween ornaments.
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Step 1

Roll out the clay to roughly 1/4-inch thickness using a rolling pin.

Roll out the clay.
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Step 2

Download and print the moon phases template. Cut out the individual shapes, and then lay them on the rolled-out clay. Lightly trace the shapes onto the clay using a skewer or toothpick, and punch a small prick through the white circle printed onto the paper — this will later help you create a hole for hanging. To complete the full phases cycle, make sure to reuse the three sliced moon shapes (everything but the full circle) a second time. You should be left with seven traced moon shapes.

Cut out the templates and trace them on the clay.
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Step 3

Fully cut out the shapes from the clay using your skewer or toothpick, and open the hanging hole wider so you can later fit a piece of twine through it. You may discard the leftover clay or wrap it up in plastic to use in a future project. If needed, wet your finger with a bit of water and rub gently along the edges of the ornaments to smooth them out.

Cut out the shapes from the clay.
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Step 4

Lightly cover the finished clay ornaments with plastic wrap, and let them sit overnight. Come back the next day and remove the plastic wrap, then let them sit uncovered for another 24 to 48 hours until the clay is completely hard and dry.

Let the ornaments dry.
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Step 5

Paint both sides of the clay ornaments using black acrylic paint. Allow them to dry completely for several hours.

Paint the ornaments.
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Step 6

Cut the twine into individual strands, roughly 9 inches in length. Knot the twine hangers through the holes you made in the ornaments, pulling the knots down behind the moon shapes afterward to hide them from view.

Tie twine hangers onto the ornaments.
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Step 7

Place a found tree branch in a jar filled with rocks to create the base for your Halloween centerpiece. Loop the finished moon phases ornaments over the branches, then style the scene with faux fall greenery and ceramic pumpkins to complete the look.

Place a found tree branch in a jar filled with rocks to create your Halloween centerpiece.
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Loop the moon phases ornaments over the branches to complete the look.
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Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their four pets.