Last weekend we embarked on a project idea that I had pinned ages ago. Last christmas I saw these really cute ornaments that had been stamped with doilies. I imagined that they would be simple to make so I went to Riot and purchased some air dry clay. Blah all the rolling in the world did not make it soft or pliable or even remotely use able. I promptly left it in the too hard basket. I remember I was chatting I think to Georgie ( hello! ) on line about the disaster and she sent me to this link. I pinned it and forgot.
Fast forward to last weekend and we gave it a try. It's so simple and works perfectly. We made the clay ( less than 20 minutes from start to finish including cooling time! It's beautiful and soft and perfectly white. We rolled it out - cut shapes with cookie cutters and used a doily to press a pattern into it.
The girls then decided they wanted to make some coloured ones too so we got out our wilton colour gels and also just the normal everyday food colouring colours. I was a bit sceptical but they turned out great. The colour of the dough was really vibrant but it drops back as it drys.
I put holes in each piece and then we left them to dry. The drying process took 4 days but it was no big deal -we could see them changing each day and becoming more sturdy. We flipped them over on the second day. You can bake them on a low heat to fasten the process but I was dubious because we have the dodgiest oven in the world and I didn't want to risk it.
Finally we added string and hung them from our glitter tree and on glass jars to be filled with water and tea light candles.
I would recommend making a double batch especially if you have helpers working with you or if you want to do colours. I also bought these set of clay tools from stacks ( a junkstore) by Montemarte for $9.95 which made making the holes and tidying the sides etc much easier but you could get by with a skewer and a knife I think. Any left over clay can be kept in a ziplock in the fridge.
Other than that all you need is come cookie cutters, food colouring, bicarb soda, cornflower and water. They turned out so gorgeous and were really simple and totally foolproof. I can see these as part of our handmade Christmas ideas for this year for sure.