DIY White Clay Ornaments for Christmas

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Easy Cornflour Christmas Decorations

Hi! My name is Chris and I blog at Thinly Spread where I share vegan recipe inspiration and simple seasonal craft ideas for adults and older kids.

I’m absolutely delighted to be sharing our super easy cornflour Christmas decorations here on fabulous Red Ted Art, thanks so much for having me!

How to make white clay ornaments
How to make white clay ornaments for Christmas and beyond!

DIY White Clay Recipe – Cornflour Clay

Cornflour Decorations (or cornstartch ornaments for our US readers) couldn’t be simpler to make. All you need is the following:

  • 200g/8oz Cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 400g/16oz Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda)
  • 360ml/3/4 pint Water
  • Cookie cutters
  • PVA (white) glue
  • Sequins, pompoms, stickers, natural finds, buttons or any other decorations you have to hand
  • A straw or skewer
  • Ribbon

How To Make Cornflour Christmas Ornaments

Making this DIY White Clay recipe is super easy:

  1. Mix the cornflour, bicarbonate of soda and water together in a nonstick saucepan. 
  2. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick and looks like mashed potatoes. 
  3. Turn the mixture into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Leave to cool.
  4. Knead until smooth. 
making your cornstarch clay
  1. Sprinkle your surface and a rolling pin with a bit of cornflour. 
  2. Roll the mixture out and cut it into shapes with cookie cutters.
cut the cookie cutter shapes
Homemade Christmas Ornaments are such a lovely family activity
  1. Make a hole in the top of each decoration using a straw or skewer.
  2. Place them on a baking tray and bake at 100C/210F for about 40 minutes or until firm.
bake the diy white clay
These white clay ornaments make great gifts too!
  1. Cool and decorate as you wish! 
add decorations to your white clay ornaments

Decorating Cornflour Christmas Decorations

The only limit here is your imagination!  

Simply glue your designs into place using PVA (white) glue which dries clear so it won’t distract from your beautiful creations!

Here are some ideas to inspire you. 

Buttons are a fabulous choice and there are so many to choose from!

cornflour ornament decorations

You can use pompoms, beads, glitter, stickers, sequins or feathers and natural finds like these ferns look AMAZING! 

nature ornaments
Combine the white clay with nature finds!

Once you have finished decorating your shapes simply thread them onto a ribbon and they are ready for your Christmas tree. 

Or pack them up into a festive box and share them with family and friends. They make great teacher gifts!

white clay ornament diy
These white clay ornaments can be store for year on year!

How To Store Your Christmas Decorations

We’ve been making these simple decorations for many years – my children are now grown but they still roll their sleeves up and get stuck in! 

They also last for AGES if you layer them between tissue paper and store them somewhere dry. 

It’s lovely bringing them out year after year and reminiscing about years gone by! I love how you can see each child’s character in their decorations and how they develop as they grow. One of my children is very precise and ordered while another is all about the glitter! The third is minimalist and the fourth is very laid back – all of this can be seen in their crafty creations! 

More Ideas for Christmas from Thinly Spread

If you’ve enjoyed our cornflour decorations you might also like our Easy Grinch Baubles or our Light Up Christmas Village. You could have a go at making Paper Pompoms, Tin Can Lanterns or these beautiful Ice Lanterns!

And, if you want to bake, you must try our Gingerbread Folk

More Ideas for Christmas from Red Ted Art

See all our favourite Christmas ornaments in one place!