Clay Filigree Ornaments + Link Party

December 6, 2012

Hi everyone and welcome to the par-tay!  I loved working with clay earlier this year when I made this clay petal vase so my daughter and I got together to craft some miniature ornaments out of the same product.  We liked the idea of little clay ornaments hanging on branches so we made several ornaments and they turned out pretty cute!   The first clay ornaments we made were these little filigree versions.

clay filigree ornaments centsational girl

 

To make them I used the same lightweight stone clay, some older pieces of jewelry from my stash, eye pins and small crinkle cutters.  Clay, pins, and cutters all available at Michaels.

supplies for filligree ornaments

 

First, roll and cut your clay. Yes, I use a Play-Doh roller, totally works great but any long glass cylinder will work too.

roll and cut clay

 

Use the jewelry to create an imprint in the clay, pull it away carefully and insert the hook. 

imprint and hook

 

Allow the ornaments to dry overnight.  We added a little glue and glitter to the center of a few for a little extra sparkle.

allow to dry

 

Once they’re dry hang them up on branches or your tree!   The ‘Noel’ version was made with a simple cookie cutter and some letter stamps. 

mini clay filigree ornaments

 

Later we also added some little jeweled ornaments too…

filigree and jeweled ornaments

 

The process to make them is slightly different so I’ll upload a PDF on how to make them later today.  Meanwhile link up your holiday creativity, can’t wait to see! 

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66 Responses to “Clay Filigree Ornaments + Link Party”

  1. Kate, those ornaments are so sweet! This sounds a fun project too. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa says:

    How fun! I’ve never seen ornaments like those. I like the simple beauty of them. Thank you for hosting this fun link up! I look forward to it each year. =)

  3. Wow I love your ornaments, so pretty! Can’t wait to see whatever one else is making, thanks for hosting!

  4. Jimmy says:

    It’s not a craft, but this eggnog (http://www.thebookofjimmy.com/eggnog/) would probably go well with all your Christmas crafters. I made it last night, and it was so light and delicious that I had to share. Do yourself a favor and make this asap.

  5. Adorable! Thanks for hosting!

  6. Laura says:

    Love those! So cute. Thanks for hosting!

  7. Karen says:

    Beautiful ornaments Kate, thanks for hosting, I cant wait to see what everyone is up to.

  8. Thanks for hosting Kate! I love this party each year, you gals always throw a good party :)

  9. LOVE seeing all the great projects! So much creativity! And I adore your ornaments, Kate!
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Liz

  10. Those ornaments are so pretty! Thank you for hosting.

  11. Love this party!! Thanks for hosting…have a great week!

  12. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a holly, jolly week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  13. I ornaments look so great with the pop of color! Thanks so much for hosting Kate!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Love your unique tree and handmade ornaments. Just lovely. Thanks for hosting!

  15. Thanks SO MUCH for hosting Kate! Those ornaments are totally fun! I always love your inspiration! XO, Aimee

  16. I am so excited to see all these inspirational projects, will check them one by one. Thanks for hosting this lovely party.
    I love the clay ornaments, I think I prefer them in their all white version.

  17. I’ve been wanting to try my hand using clay, the ornaments turned out great!! Thanks for hosting!

  18. I LOVE your beautiful, little clay ornaments! Gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  19. Anita says:

    So many great ideas!! Thanks for hosting!

  20. Sarah says:

    Those ornaments are beautiful. I am going to try this next year for sure!

  21. Beautiful ornaments! And thanks for letting me share my lil ol craft. :)

  22. Your ornaments are beautiful! And I love how they look hanging from branches.

    Thanks so much for hosting! So many great projects. Where does one begin?

  23. Kristy Swain says:

    Wow, so many awesome ideas! I cannot wait to check them out. I love your ornaments. Clever with the jewelry imprint! They turned out great. I need to do that. Pinning it for next year! I’m having a craft link party (until Friday night) as well.

    http://www.hypheninteriors.com/2012/12/holiday-link-party-crafts-and-diy-projects-iced-branches.html

  24. The clay ornaments are beautiful!!! I wanna play with clay too :) I like how you kept them small so t wouldn’t be too heavy. Beautiful!

  25. Love the clay ornaments – I didn’t know how simple the clay would be to use. I’m definitely going to have to give that a try!

  26. Love the clay ornaments – I had no idea that the clay was that simple to work with. I will definitely have to make some of these sometime!

  27. Sherry says:

    Kate,
    These are really nice! Thank you for hosting!
    Sherry

  28. Good idea with the jewelry! Makes a beautiful imprint.

    Thanks for the party. I’m lucky #290 and I linked up DIY wooden angel wings.

    Have a wonderful holiday season, Kate! Oh, and I wanted to say that I loved your mantel with all of the pretty blue. You are rocking it these days. :)

  29. The ornaments would be such a fun project, reminds me of your advent tree I copied a few years ago! :) Thanks for hosting, Kate!

  30. Gorgeous hanging from those branches and the touch of bling is fabulous!
    Kelly

  31. Really neat idea and they turned out so pretty! I would love to try making these with my girls. They remind me of some ornaments my sister and I made when we were young out of dough that hardened – they weren’t near as pretty, but still so fun to make!

  32. Janet says:

    Your ornaments are so pretty and look like they would be fun and relaxing to make too! Thanks for hosting the party!

  33. Lizette says:

    Kate, I love your ornaments! So sweet that you shared the activity with your daughter, too! Thank you for hosting!

  34. Thanks for hosting, Kate! Love your ornaments. What a great idea!

  35. Love your ornaments, they look great on the branches :) Very cool project. Thanks for hosting the party. I linked up the wooden reindeer my grandfather and I made :)

  36. Jenn says:

    Such pretty ornaments kate! Thank you so much for the party. Happy Holidays!
    Jenn

  37. Malena says:

    Beautiful!!
    Love from Spain :)

  38. I love your ornaments! Thanks for hosting :)

  39. Ann says:

    Thanks for hosting! Incredible inspiration and talent…Merry Christmas!

  40. Esther says:

    Thanks for all the awesome DIY Christmas projects! They are a great inspiration and I’ve started making a few, thanks to you! Keep up the great blogging.

  41. debtgirl says:

    OH MY GOSH, so nice of you to host this. I have never seen anything like it, but then again, I am new.
    Lovely sites and ideas that all the bloggers have created.
    I am going to edit my post today and add your link!
    Thanks!

  42. Debra says:

    I love the ornaments. Thank you for hosting!

  43. Dalia says:

    Thank you for hosting , I can’t believe how many great ideas are in this party. I also love the ornaments you made, they’re beautiful.

  44. I’ve seen you play several times with that clay, which now convinces me I need to try it out! Your ornaments are delicate, simple and lovely. Thank you for the tutorial. I linked up my Jingle Bell Napkin Rings this time. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful Christmas Kate!

  45. Wow! When I first saw those ornaments I thought they would be really tricky but they aren’t at all. What a nice classic look they have too!

  46. Glo says:

    Kate! Love it! I have a question: How do you stabilize the branches in your vase? I would appreciate your input! Thanks!

  47. Gorgeous ornaments! Thanks so much for hosting! Looks like tons of Christmas fun. Have a great weekend.
    KC

  48. Big thanks for hosting this party. Your ornaments are so sweet! I’d like to make them one day too.

  49. What a cool idea to press your jewelry into the clay! Thanks for sharing and for hosting. Wow, lots of cool crafts!

  50. Lesley says:

    Now I do love those ornaments but what I am really drawn to is those branches. Do you know where you got those?

  51. CentsationalGirl says:

    Wow everyone this is amazing how many creative ideas are in one spot, I’m blown away!
    Thanks so much to everyone for joining up in the big event!
    Kate

  52. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Lesley, I ordered the branches online years ago and they float around my house… if you can’t find any locally then yes do a search for blanched or bleached manzanita branches and a few vendors should come up.
    Kate

  53. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hello Glo, you can use small rocks like I did, it definitely helps to weight the vase so it doesn’t tip.
    Kate

  54. What a line-up!
    It will take you days to go through these! Thanks for hosting, I had fun linking up. I am off now to go explore some of the other links.
    Have a wonderful Christmas time.

  55. I love your ornament idea, so creative to press the jewelry … and such a cool branch!

  56. Oh, and thanks for the party. :)

  57. Teresa says:

    Went out at lunch break and bought some clay to make my grandson’s hand print for a ornament ! Thanks you for having such a creative website.

  58. J.Marie says:

    OH my gosh….there are so many links…..I can’t handle all of this. Woosh.

  59. Julie says:

    Wow! Huge party! Creativity overload! ;)

    Thank you so much for hosting! Have a lovely and creative weekend. :)

    Julie

  60. Thanks for hosting, sweet Cate! You are a blessing!
    Mwahhhh:))))
    edie

  61. Carmel says:

    Love your clay ornaments – so pretty! There’s so many great links here!

  62. Annie says:

    I saw your picture on Pinterest, and I was shocked for a sec because I have that exact vase (on clearance from Target), and I put a tree branch in it, too, and put ornaments on it. Guess I wasn’t so original! Ha! Beautiful job, though! I love your original ornaments. (Mine weren’t.) :-P

  63. Feral Turlte says:

    Thanks for hosting such an amazing linky party! Already looking forward to next years. Now I will have to spend days checking out all the creativeness! Cheers.

  64. Stacey says:

    Have you posted the pdf for the jeweled ornaments? i can’t seem to find it.

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