Christmas Star Crafts – stylish air clay stars

Look no further for a relaxing all age Christmas star craft activity.   These craft stars are perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or strung like a garland across your mantlepiece.

 

My son and I had an absorbing hour or two making these stylish air clay stars. There is something so relaxing about working with air clay. Adding texture to the stars is fun, use what you have to hand, we chose to create dots into the clay using the wrong end of a paintbrush. Dare I admit we made these stars at Easter?! We just fancied working with clay that afternoon.

 

Star ornaments are simple to make, whatever the age,  a great craft for kids or adults – slightly more rough and ready with toddlers, a more refined look if you have more refined motor skills!! And a great activity for practicing fine motor skills for growing children.

 

DIY Christmas Star Craft

These Christmas stars are easy to make with materials you have to hand – air clay, rolling pin a star cutter, paintbrush, white and silver acrylic paint. If you prefer you can use salt dough.

 

Step One

Roll our your air clay until it is 2-3mm thick. You are aiming for a nice even surface.

 

 

Step Two

Using cooking cutters cut out your star, ours is 3″ wide. Using a damp finger (place your finger in water first) smooth the edges of your shape.

Step three 

Add texture to your cookies. We used the wrong end of a paintbrush to add dots across the surface, pressing into the air clay stars softly. 

Step Four 

Add a hanging hole by pressing right through with your paintbrush at the top of one of your stars. Make sure you have enough clay around this hanging point that the clay doesn’t break. Set aside to fully dry, I have left mine on parchment paper.

Step Five

Now the creative expression starts – I have chosen to paint my stars with white acrylic as a starting point. Paint the right side, sides, and back of your star with acrylic paint and allow to fully dry.

Step six

Adding silver or gold to your recessed dots. I have tried a variety of methods, including placing dots of glue into our recessed holes and adding silver leaf, using Giotto pens, using acrylic paints. Have fun experimenting yourself with the materials you have to hand, testing with one star. My personal preference is Giotto pens but sadly couldn’t source any locally in silver or gold. Instead, I have worked with silver acrylic.

 

 

Step Seven

Lastly place thread through your hanging hole and decorate your home.

 

Please do check out my friend’s Christmas craft projects – such a variety of ideas to decorate your home with this holiday season, perfect for diving into your craft stash.

Easy Dollar Tree Spoons Craft for Christmas from Beverley at Across the Bvld

Veneer Wood Edging Christmas Star from Gail at Purple Hues and Me

Crochet Christmas Table Runner from T’onna at Sew Crafty Crochet

Re Vamping Old Ornaments for a New Theme from Marci at Stone Cottage Adventures

Copper Pick Up Truck w/ Christmas tree from Michele at Coastal Bohemian

Cheap and Easy Christmas Joy Craft from Allysin at Southern Sunflowers

Upcycled Cotton Reel Table Place Setting from Julie at Sum of their Stories

Mason Jar Christmas Candles from Terri at Christmas Tree Lane

 

6 thoughts on “Christmas Star Crafts – stylish air clay stars”

  1. Your Christmas stars turned out so cute, and they look very festive by adding the sparkle to the dots! Making clay ornaments has been on my craft to-do list forever. I like the idea that there are so many possible designs to imprint on the clay. Pinned.

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  2. Stars are the perfect item to make year round. They fit in perfectly with any season – i.e. the fact that you and your son made them during Easter. They were awesome then and awesome now, too! They turned out really pretty and a fun way to decorate for the holidays!

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  3. Making these at Easter was very impressive forward planning!
    I had some of this DAS clay a few years ago, it’s such fun stuff isn’t it? Very easy to work with. Your stars are lovely, simple but beautiful. I didn’t know I needed a clay star garland and I’m not sure where I would put it but I do feel like I need one now!

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