o1.JPGToday’s project is a simple ornament that can do double duty as a gift tag.  I love embellishing gifts with a little something extra!


polymer clay (I used scrap colors in red, olive, teal and white)

vellum paper


wet/dry sandpaper (optional)

tools: pasta machine, cutting blade, scrapbooking scissors, paper punch

1. Layer the scrap clays together to form a rectangle, put contrasting colors next to each other.  Warm the clay between your hands, compressing it and compacting the edges of the scraps.

2. Roll the clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. 

3. With the cutting blade, trim to form a long rectangle. Starting at one end, roll up the clay to form a spiral.  Trim edges.

4. Roll out a sheet of green clay on the thickest setting of the pasta machine.  Slice off thin layers of the spiral and stick it on the green clay.  Run the sheet of green clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting one more time. 

o2.JPG5. Trim with scrapbooking scissors. Bake, sand if desired.

6. Print out holiday greetings on vellum with your home printer.  Trim and punch a hole with with the paper punch.  Punch a hole in the top of the polymer clay tag.  Add vellum to clay tag/ornaments with ribbon. 


See what other crafty goodness those Ornament Thursday designers have come up with this week:

Christmas cookie – Jennifer Heynen

Christmas tree finger labyrinth – Hali Chambers

Ring in the New Year – Kriss Cramer

Quilty pieced snowman – Linda Augsburg
Simply striking sparkling spheres – Margot Potter

Beaded memory wire – Elaine Luther

Wire & beaded tree – Lynn Kvigne

 Beaded sun catcher – Debba Haupert

Jolly and yummy ceramic candy – Melanie Brooks Lukacs 

 Polymer snowflake embedded in resin – Melissa Lee

Beaded candy canes – Candie Cooper

Polymer clay gift tag/ornament – Heather Powers

Twisted blues – Lampwork Diva aka Cindy Gimbrone  

Holiday spiral tree & party pixie – Art Bead Scene  

Wire bird’s nest – Rebecca Peck

Plush gingerbread doggie – Jenny Harada

Swell ornament – Alexa Westerfield

Holiday paper crafting – Brandy Lung Gill

Shaving cream & chipboard ornament – Michelle McGee

Easy needle-felted orb – Katie Hacker

Lisa Liddy’s Lovely Ornament

[tags]polymer clay, holiday crafts, christmas projects, ornament Thursday[/tags]

By heather powers


9 Comments so far

  1. Margot on December 20, 2007 10:36 am


    What a fabulous idea! I love it!

    Thanks so much for joining in the fun.


  2. Katie Hacker on December 20, 2007 10:42 am

    This is great! I love ornaments that do double duty. And your color choices are fab, as always.

  3. Melissa on December 20, 2007 11:01 am

    I love this – I will definitely try it! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Lisa Liddy on December 20, 2007 12:03 pm

    Wow…what a lovely keepsake idea!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Linda at Make It Mine Magazine on December 20, 2007 12:59 pm

    SO pretty. I’ll be lucky if my presents get ribbons this year, but maybe I’ll try this for next year (or for just regular year-round presents).

    Thanks Heather!

  6. Jennifer Heynen on December 20, 2007 2:26 pm

    Wow, That’s super cool!

  7. Cindy Gimbrone on December 20, 2007 3:37 pm

    What a clever and beautiful use of scrap clay! I love it!

  8. Hali Chambers on December 20, 2007 3:47 pm

    This is AWESOME! I wouldn’t even know you were using up scraps–and the vellum gives it an elegant finish! :-) H.

  9. Michelle on December 22, 2007 11:34 pm

    Heather… these are SO pretty! I have got to try polymer clay!

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