Homemade Clay Christmas Ornaments: Star Wars Style

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Homemade Christmas ornaments are a fun family activity that kids love!  Just a few basic ingredients are combined to make a homemade clay that is then rolled out, cut and baked.  Decorate the way you like for personal homemade Christmas ornaments.

Homemade Clay Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

I love homemade Christmas ornaments!  In fact, we put up two trees every year – one for the kids to decorate with our family ornament collection and one for me to decorate with my handmade treasures.  I especially love making dough ornaments with kids and then letting them go crazy with the paint and glitter. Over the years we’ve made several different kinds of dough ornaments including salt dough and applesauce cinnamon dough.  Recently I ran across a new kind of dough ornament that used corn starch and baking powder. I really liked how smooth and white the ornaments turned out.

I wanted to make sure to have a large amount of ingredients on hand because once I pull out the paint and glitter glue, the kids want to make ornaments every day.  I headed to Smart & Final to get my supplies.  Smart & Final carries bulk sized products like other club-style stores, but without the membership fee.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

I was happy to find huge containers of both baking soda and corn starch in the Smart & Final store brand.  I also picked up some parchment paper to use, but I wouldn’t recommend baking these ornaments on it as it didn’t help them dry out well.

Homemade Star Wars Christmas Ornaments


Homemade Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

The first step to making these homemade Christmas ornaments is to make the clay.  Combine all ingredients in a pot and cook over medium heat until it is the consistency of smooth mashed potatoes.

Homemade Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

Allow the dough to cool and the knead until smooth.  Roll the dough out to 1/4″ thickness and cut out your shapes.  When I was getting out my cookie cutters, my Star Wars cookie cutters tumbled out and I decided to make some fun Star Wars ornaments for our tree!  My kids were ecstatic!

Homemade Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

Bake for 175 degrees for an hour, flipping half-way through.  I’d suggest letting them air dry overnight on a wire rack as well to get all of the moisture out.  I did get some very minor cracking, but nothing broke.  The thicker you roll the dough, the sturdier the ornament.

Homemade Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

Then, decorate! I used basic craft and puffy paint.  Yoda’s ears are painted with glow in the dark puffy paint.


Homemade Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

And you have very personal homemade Christmas ornaments unlike anyone else! Printable instructions are below.

Homemade Clay Ornaments
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  1. Stir together ingredients in a sauce pan over.
  2. Heat mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Keep stirring until the mixture is the consistency of smooth mashed potatoes.
  4. Put dough in a bowl and knead a few times
  5. Cover with a damp towel until cool.
  6. Knead dough until smooth. If the dough is sticky, add more corn starch.
  7. Roll dough out to ¼” thickness and cut as desired. Use a straw to punch out a hole in the top for hanging.
  8. Bake at 175 degrees for 1 hour, flipping over half-way.
  9. You may need to let these air dry a while on a cooling rack. Mine were a touch wet until I let them sit overnight.

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  1. OMG this is genius!!! I have those exact same cookie cutters but never got the chance to use them yet so this will be perfect!

  2. What a fun idea! I love the Star Wars cookie cutters, too!
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  3. My nephew would love these! I’ll have to find those cookie cutters & send this to him with your clay recipe ;)
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  4. This is awesome! I have really wanted those cutters. What a fun idea! I have a new saturday linky and would love to have you stop by to share your great ideas! http://www.teachbesideme.com/2012/12/share-it-saturday.html
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  5. I will have to pin this recipe! Currently I use Sculpey Clay, but this looks like a great alternative.

    Found your post via the Grant Life. Thanks for sharing. :)


  6. Okay I think we are gonna have to try this, thank you for sharing! LOVE those ornaments!
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  7. Cute! My boys would love this!
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  8. My boys would LOVE those.

  9. My fiance would love these! Going to pin it.
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  10. My husband would LOVE these! I have to say, I’m excited to see a food-safe clay recipe too – so you can use your normal cookie cutters. Pinned to my Star Wars board!!
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