Every time my boyfriend and I go on a trip together, we bring back an ornament as a souvenir. It’s a tradition we started on our first trip to Disneyland and it’s stuck ever since. With our third anniversary, I wanted to tie in our sweet tradition to his gift. It will likely be one of my favorite ornaments on the tree this year because it commemorates a big (and wonderful) year in our relationship.
- Sculpey Clay – Pearl White
- Wax Paper
- Small wooden dowel
- Ribbon for hanger
- Black Pen
Begin by working the clay to make it more pliable. This shouldn’t take long, maybe 20 seconds.
Place a piece of wax paper onto a smooth work surface. Using the wooded dowel, roll the clay to desired thickness. I rolled mine to about a ¼ inch thick. This took me a few times to get right but it doesn’t take long and this is the whole base of the project so take your time.
Once the clay is rolled out smoothly, use a cup to trim into a perfect circle. At this point, if you would prefer a different shape of ornament feel free to cut it into a different shape.
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Clean the key to remove any dirt, either with soap and water or a Clorox wipe. Tie a piece of thread to the key to help with removal from the clay. My key had openings at the head of the key that I used to tie the string to. Carefully place the key where desired onto the clay and push down, evenly distributing the pressure to create a clear imprint. Gently begin to pull on the string to pull the key off of the clay but not damaging the area surrounding the imprint. This took two tries for the ornament shown so don’t get discouraged if you need to repeat the steps above more than once.
To create the hole for hanger; work the sewing pin in a circular formation to make a hold large enough to fit a ribbon through.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
Carefully move the wax paper with the ornament on it to a baking sheet and place in the oven for 15-25 minutes. The time in the oven will depend on the thickness of the clay. I did 20 minutes for our ¼ inch thick ornament.
Remove from oven and let the ornament cool completely before removing from the baking sheet or handling.
Once entirely cooled, carefully write on the ornament with black pen.
To finish, string a ribbon through the hanger hole.