Triple Star Embossed Clay Decoration

This triple star hanging decoration makes a lovely wall and festive tree decoration.  Quick and easy to make using air dry clay, have fun decorating it using everyday items to create unique embossed effects.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Time to Make

1 hour plus drying time for paints & 24-48 hours drying time for the clay

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Working with a small piece of clay at a time, (so not to dry it out), knead in your hand a little before rolling out with a rolling pin. This helps the clay become less sticky. Roll no thinner than 0.5cm
  2. Take whatever you have chosen to emboss the clay and press carefully but with enough pressure to leave a clear mark.
  3. Choose a star cookie cutter or cut a freehand shape, cut into clay ensuring you take partial or all of the embossing into the shape.
  4. Carefully pierce a small hole at the top of the decoration for the hanging string, using a pointed object. Pierce through front and back to have a clear hole.
  5. If the edges or the decoration are a little rough, smooth down by wetting your finger and gently rubbing and smoothing.
  6. Place decoration onto a sheet of tracing paper/baking parchment to dry. The paper will stop it sticking to the surface. Ensure the decoration is as flat as can be to avoid it curling during drying.
  7. Repeat the process for further decorations. Allow the clay to dry between 24 – 48 hours, turning over to allow the underside to fully dry too.
    TRIPLE STAR DECORATION
  1. The clay dries an off white colour. You can keep the “natural” look or paint with white acrylic paint to brighten the decoration which will show off the embossing or even have a combination of both.
  2. Paint all 3 stars in white acrylic paint, front and back. You will need at least 2 coats. Allow to dry between coats.
  3. Using gold metallic acrylic paint and a fine detail paintbrush, paint some of the embossed detail on one side only. Do this for all 3 stars and allow to dry.
  4. Thread a small piece of gold craft wire through top hole of the small star and bottom hole of the medium star. Shape in a ring to allow small star to dangle. Twist the wire at the back and cut excess wire. Do the same for the medium and large star.
  5. Cut a 4mm ribbon length, thread through top hole of large star and knot.

Top Tip

Rolling the clay out too thin can lead to cracking & breaking once dry. Roll no thinner than 0.5cm. Seal your artwork with a coat of acrylic satin varnish.

What you'll need

AV940

AW890

AC523

AC443

AR845

ET361

EK644

EV780

Total £0.00

Items you'll also need

  • Paintbrushes (detail & medium)
  • Craft Round Pliers
  • Sponge
  • Star Shape Cookie Cutters
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking Parchment Paper/ Tracing Paper
  • Craft Wire Cutters
    ITEMS FOR EMBOSSING
  • Lace
  • glassware
  • Knitwear
  • Foliage
  • Embossing folders
  • Wooden stamps
  • Paint tray