I had some extra Sculpey lying around that was slowly hardening into an unusable pile of clay. Not wanting to waste some perfectly good art supplies, I decided to make some Easter ornaments. Here’s how I made them:
I use a Pampered Chef silicone mat as a clean flat surface when working with Sculpey (a clay that when baked becomes hard ceramic). To get uniform shapes for the ornaments I use cookie cutters. I’m not much of a baker but the baking supplies come in handy. Sculpey also sells a plastic roller for flattening out the Sculpey.
After flattening the clay to 1/4 of an inch thickness, I use the cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. I found some easter egg, chick, and bunny shaped cookie cutters on Amazon that are small and also have detail stamps to put details into the clay (or cookie if you are baking). For this, I didn’t want the stamp details because I wanted to hand paint the designs on so I just use the cookie cutter for the shape.
Six sounded like a good round number. Once I had six egg shapes, I moved on to the chick and the bunny. I used a pointed clay tool to get the holes into the clay for the hanging ribbon to fit into once we are ready to hang them. Baking Sculpey is simple. Set your oven to 275 and back for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. A regular cookie sheet works well.
Once the ornaments are baked and cooled I can begin painting them. Target sells cheap acrylic paint that works well with Sculpey in their school supplies. I chose pastel pink, purple, blue, salmon, yellow, and green for my paint colors. When I painted the details, I used white paint and a detailing paint brush. Sculpey also makes a satin glaze that will make your ornaments nice and shiny. No baking needed for the glaze. It dries in about an hour.
When I made Halloween ornaments a while back, I had bought some green ribbon at JoAnn Fabrics. I used what was left for the Easter ornaments. If you have trouble getting the ribbon through the hanging holes, use a needle to feed it through. I cut 10-inch strips of ribbon, but I didn’t tie them in a bow. If you want a full bow, 12 – 14 inches is a better length. To keep the ribbon from fraying at the ends that you cut, use a lighter to burn the ends.
When you are done you will have six eggs, six bunnies, and six chicks. They look good hanging in a window (use suction cup hooks and paint the design on both sides so they can be enjoyed inside and out) or on an Easter tree if you have one.
Pamper Chef Silicone Baking Mat: Amazon.com $34
Sculpey Polymer Clay: JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or Dick Blick $8
Sculpey Roller Pin: JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or Dick Blick $8
Sculpey Satin Glaze: JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or Dick Blick $5
Assorted Paint Brushes: JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or Dick Blick
Acrylic Paint, Assorted Colors: Target $1.99 per bottle
AKOAK Cookie Cutters: Amazon.com $6
If you are feeling lazy or you aren’t creatively inclined, you can buy the ornaments I made on my Etsy page.