Tutorial: Clay Gingerbread Ornaments

How to make gingerbread man Christmas ornaments out of clay and puff paint.If you like the look of classic gingerbread dough ornaments on your Christmas tree, I'd like to share my method for making gingerbread ornaments that be placed on the tree year after year.

The secret, don't use dough. Instead use oven-bake clay. Visually, the ornaments look almost identical to those made of dough. However clay ornaments can withstand a few extra years of holiday cheer.



I made a dozen gingerbread men and used about 3/4 of a pound of clay.

Even if you are making multiple ornaments, it's easiest to roll and cut one ornament at  time.
Cover your work surface with a piece of parchment paper so the clay doesn't stain or stick to your counter.

Soften a small handful of the clay by squeezing it in your hands then roll it out evenly so it's about 1/4-inch thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out your shape.
Use a straw to cut a small hole where the ribbon will be attached later.
I chose to also cut out a small heart. This step is optional.
Place your ornaments on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake according to the package directions, approximately 15 minutes at 275 F.
Cool your ornaments on a wire rack.
Once they are complete cooled, use puffy paint like icing to decorate your ornaments.
If you made a cutout that you would like to fill, start by placing a small piece of parchment under the cutout.

Fill in the space with red puffy paint. As it dries, the red puffy paint will compress, so you may choose to add a little more after 12-24 hours of drying.
Let the red paint dry completely, at least 24-36 hours, before you remove the parchment.

The parchment should easily peel away. If you have to tug at it, the paint is not dry and you should wait at least 12 more hours.
Once your ornaments are decorated and completely dry, simply tie your ribbon and hang them on the tree. They also make fun gift toppers or hostess gifts.

Happy Holidays!

How to make gingerbread man Christmas ornaments out of clay and puff paint.

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