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Halloween Tree Ornaments

Materials:

  • Wax paper
  • Air dry clay (paperclays)
  • Halloween shaped cookie cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Paint and brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Spray varnish


While experimenting with different paperclay products for an upcoming tutorial I plan to write, I decided to make Halloween ornaments. It's a simple and quick project anyone can do.

Part 1: Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Step 1: Tear off a sheet of wax paper and lay it on your work surface. After working the paperclay in your hands to thin it out, put it in the middle of the wax paper.

Step 2: Fold the wax paper over the paperclay and use the rolling pin to flatten and spread it out. You want the paperclay to be fairly thin (about 1 to 2 centimetres).

Step 3: Take a cookie cutter and firmly press it into the paperclay.

Step 4: Gently pull the excess away from the outside of the cookie cutter. Pulling toward the front of the cookie cutter helps to get a cleaner edge.

Note: I used some inexpensive Crayola paperclay. It is not a good medium to sand, and it has a tendency to curl. If you use this, be sure to smooth the edges while it's still soft. You may also wish to extend and thin some of the edges (for example, the cat ears or the edges of the bat wings) because crayola paperclay has a tendency to shrink into itself as it dries.

Step 5: Create a hole (I used a wooden bbq skewer) near the top of the shape. This will be used to run the ribbon through later. With Crayola's paperclay, it is so spongey that you can actually run the skewer through after it has dried but there is a risk that you can rip some of the clay free from the surrounding surface.

Step 6: Once the paperclay is dry, paint the ornaments as desired. Finish with a spray enamel.


Part 2: Threaded Skulls

For the skulls, I simply rolled the paperclay into a little ball and eased a bbq skewer through the centre (again, you can try this step after it dries instead). Later, you will be using this hole to string the ribbon through.

I used the sharp tip of the skewer to indent facial features in the clay.

Once it is dry, you can paint it white and spray with a finishing enamel.