Handmade Air Dry Clay and decoupage Bird Ornaments

Thrifty Home: Handmade Clay and Paper Bird Ornaments

I’ve never EVER been good at lyrics in fact, those absolutely hilarious Youtube videos of wrong lyrics is basically me, completely. (Watch them on Boxing Day for a good, if sometimes inappropriate, laugh with the famdamily!)

The Christmas classic 12 Days of Christmas, for me basically involves a lot of Doodledoos, two turtle doves and, obviously, a partridge in a pear tree. So, I have a lot of love for the turtle doves and have been making a whole heap out of the most beautiful and easy air dry clay and paper. Who knows what a turtle dove actually looks like, these are less turtle, more dove.

There is a whole tutorial on making these clay and decoupage bird ornaments over on Lulastic from a couple of years ago.

I did it again this year, this time I made my own air dry clay and covered using the page of an old book and without the varnish layer. And I love them! 


I use the absolutely fabulous Mel Wiggin’s awesome recipe:

“Ok, so the recipe is pretty simple:

1 cup of baking soda

1/2 a cup of cornflour

3/4 cup of water

Mix the dry ingredients in a heavy saucepan first (no heat obvs), add the water and then bring the mixture to the boil – stirring all the time.  ALL THE TIME.”

After 15 minutes, when cool, you can knead it out and start crafting. We all have fun with this.

We made turtle doves- did I mention? And Juno kind of just squashed it into the carpet and Ramona made worms. When it had air-dried I used homemade mod podge to stick the paper on. Love them.

Perfect for a bit of thrifty, fun, easy Christmas crafting.

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