I am a big fan of homemade Christmas decorations and these glow in the dark polymer clay snowflake ornaments are super simple to make and kids love them. Not only do these handmade ornaments look amazing and sparkle in the daylight they glow in the dark too. Plus they are fun to make with the family during the holiday season.
I adore the look of the really intricate clay snowflake ornaments that you see on Instagram and Pinterest, but I wanted to make some that were perfect for my boys to make. So I was delighted to find some cookie cutters that made an imprint too. Ps, those amazing Polymer clay snowflake ornaments are made with moulds and liquid Sculpey.
Types of clay perfect for Snowflake Christmas Tree Decorations
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- Air Drying Clay (UK Link/US Link)
- Polymer Clay – Staedtler FIMO (UK Link/US Link) or Sculpey clay (UK Link/US Link)
- Microwave Drying Clay (US Link/UK Link)
- Homemade 3 Ingredient white clay
- Homemade two-ingredient white clay
- Homemade White Salt Dough
No matter what type of clay you use, you need to check out the drying process and never leave them to dry over a direct heat source like a radiator as they will crack. Some you can place on parchment paper and bake in the oven (in fact that is essential for polymer clay ornaments). I let my air drying clay set on wax paper as it is super easy to remove when dry and if I am in a hurry then I use microwave drying clay to make my Christmas tree ornaments.
Glow in the Dark Clay Snowflake Ornaments
- White Clay – We used Fimo Air Light (US Link/UK Link) and LOVED it – you can microwave it!
- Snowflake cookie cutters – We used an imprint snowflake cutter, that leave a texture on the clay (UK Link/US Link)
- Straw or skewer
- Ribbon or twine
- PVA Glue
- Glow in the dark glitter (UK Link/US Link)
- Adjustable Rolling Pin (UK Link/US Link)
- Silicone Baking Sheet (UK Link/US Link)
How to make Glow in the Dark Clay Snowflake Ornaments
Take your lump of self-hardening clay or microwave clay. You need to prepare and condition it by mushing it until the texture is soft, pliable and soft to touch (you can also do this with a pasta machine – which is what a lot of the professionals do). Then roll out your clay, we use a silicone icing mat, but you can roll onto parchment paper. Before you start, you need to have a play with your clay and see how deep you need to roll it so that you get the pattern on top, but also a clean clear cut. Rolling your clay out on an icing mat or parchment paper ensures that you get a smooth surface.
Once you have cut out your snowflakes, then you need to punch out the hole to string them up. A straw is a great way of doing this. We squeezed ours so that it cut out one of them in one of the punched parts.
Allow your dough to harden, how long this takes will depend on which dough you use. With the microwave dough, you pop it in the microwave with a cup of cold water and microwave on medium for 10 minutes. Fimo Air Light (US Link/UK Link) is AMAZING!
Then all you have to do is add a ribbon and you are all set to hang them on your tree. We used silver thread and beads.
They look beautiful and sparkly during the day….
And glow in the dark when you turn off the light.
We love how these turned out.
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We are delighted to be taking part in Mama Miss’ 10 Days of Kid-Made Ornaments inspired by books for the forth year running.
See the others from today:
Our glow in the dark clay snowflake ornaments are inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson and illustrated by Sanna Annukka (UK Link/US Link). It is a stunning book and has beautiful illustrations. A real classic Christmas book.
See our previous years ornaments:
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