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TWENTY THURSDAY’S ‘TILL CHRISTMAS // Making Personalized Ornaments


This year I decided I wanted to make personalized Christmas ornaments. I thought it would be fun to make a list of words that were special to everyone in our family. Words from the year 2017 … such as people’s names, places we have visited and anything else I could think of that has a special meaning to our family. I started with a list of 35 words but by the time I finished making the ornaments the list had grown to over 50. It’s a good thing the ornaments were easy to make!

On my shopping trip to Hobby Lobby, I found Modeling Material Air-Hardening Clay,  which dries on its own in two days! I bought two packages but ended up only needing one, which made 50 ornaments.


What You Need

  • Air hardening modeling clay
  • Cookie cutter
  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Wooden skewer
  • String


On a nonstick surface, roll out the clay to the thickness of sugar cookie dough.  Cut the clay with a cookie ornament.


Using a wooden skewer, make a hole for the hanging string. Add a word on the ornament with small rubber alphabet stamps.


Carefully place the cut ornaments on a cookie sheet to dry. Flatten occasionally if necessary.


Let dry for about two days. They will turn white as they dry.


Cut decorative string and loop through the hole for hanging. I cut them 30″ long as I did not hang these on my tree.


Aren’t these wonderful? Fingers crossed I didn’t leave out something or someone important!

6BA4BC5D-8E48-4BBF-8EE1-FA5D05A75761Originally I thought I would hang the ornaments on a tree. I mean, seriously, what else would I do with handmade ornaments? But then it occurred to me I could perhaps be more creative than that. Check my blog on Monday to see where they ended up!

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9 Responses

  1. Does your mind ever slow down??!! I love all of your ideas and posts! You are so creative. I think we would have been BFF’s for sure if I hadn’t moved away!

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